St. James Leadership
Wardens & Vestry
Patti Smith, Parish Administrator
Patti Smith is a long time resident of the area. Her family attended church here when she was a teenager and she holds the distinction of being St. James` first female acolyte. She came to the office at St. James in October 2008 after having been away from an office environment for many years which she spent raising her two sons. As she goes about her work, with the assistance of dedicated office volunteers who assist her weekly, she enjoys interacting with many friendly church members.
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Walt Sayre, Director of Choirs, Organist
Walt Sayre started his musical career in the New York metropolitan area, earning both bachelor and master of music degrees from Manhattan School of Music. He has been the director of music at St. James since July 2007 having retired from a 36-year career teaching music in New York, New Jersey, and New Hampshire. Professionally, Walt has been featured on piano, organ, trombone, and voice. His popular music has been influenced by such greats as Bill Evans, Urbie Green, Nat King Cole, and Billy Joel. He has performed extensively throughout New England for over 40 years.
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Lesley Hildrey, Director of Church School & Youth Ministry
Lesley Hildrey took over the Church School Director position from Gina Gitchell in December 2013. Many members of the St. James community will remember Lesley from when she taught Sunday school at St James over ten years ago. In the meantime ,Lesley taught for seven years at the Keene Montessori School.
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Michael Fusaro, Sexton
Michael Fusaro comes to us by way of New York City, where he grew up, then Boston, where he raised his daughter, and worked and studied for many years. Michael and his family came to Keene in 2006 to be closer to his wife`s family. He began his work here at St. James in October 2008. A friendly guy, he enjoys interacting with parishioners as he works away keeping the church and Thrift Shop clean and safe. Energetic music often accompanies his tasks. When Michael is not at work he enjoys many outdoor activities.