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Director of Family Formation

We are pleased to announce that Patti Glowatsky has joined our ESC staff as Director of Family Formation. She begins on October 5. Patti served in a similar capacity at Ascension Episcopal Church in Norfolk for the past two and a half years. In that time, she directed two large scale in-person Vacation Bible Schools as well as co-wrote and directed a Virtual Vacation Bible school that was provided to the churches in the Diocese as a cost-free option in 2020. She created and hosted two inter-generational and interactive Christmas pageants as well as family Lenten and Advent programs. She is a Certified Godly Play storyteller and doorkeeper as well as a Trainer for Safe Church universal training. She is a member of FORMA: The Network for Christian Formation for the Episcopal Church and an active participant in CE-Net (the Christian Education Network) for The Diocese of Southern Virginia. Patti is a lifelong learner and continues to pursue professional development opportunities to better equip her to the work of Children and Youth Ministry.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Patti was baptized and confirmed at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Phillip. She attended The Hyde School in Bath, ME, a character first boarding school and went on to Guilford College in Greensboro, NC for her first year of college. Some time off from school turned into a long personal journey for faith and self which led her to Norfolk, where she met her husband Dennis and then completed their family with the birth of their son, Emerson. In her spare time, Patti has a passion for cooking, hosting and sharing her home with friends. She and her husband are self-proclaimed “Bird Nerds” and enjoy hiking and family bike rides. She is also steward to a Little Free Library in their yard and finds joy in providing literacy advocacy for their neighborhood.

You can reach Patti directly at pglowatsky@easternshorechapel.org.       

Parish Day School Co-Director

Kristen Whalen joined Parish Day School as a Co-Director in the summer of 2013, after serving as a preschool teacher at Parish Day School in the Pre-K Fours. Kristen studied at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Business and her Master of Arts in Education. Kristen spent ten years working at Virginia Wesleyan College serving as an Associate Dean of Students in Student Activities before transitioning to Early Childhood Education.

Kristen and her husband Matthew Whalen grew up in Virginia Beach, where Kristen attended Parish Day School as a child and worked at Camp Turtle Trap during her teenage years. Kristen and Matt are blessed to be raising three children, Hannah (17), Carter (14) and Keegan (9). The family is active in the community and spends their weekend time at soccer practices, high school activities, church youth events, scouting events, and preparing for the North American Sand Soccer Tournament. Kristen’s favorite activities are hiking, camping and exploring outdoors with her family.

You can reach Kristen at pds@easternshorechapel.org

Parish Day School Co-Director

Jeanie Leaverton has over sixteen years of experience in early childhood education. Prior to working at Parish Day School, she taught two, three, and four-year old classes at Christ-centered preschools. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. It was while attending college that Jeanie met her husband Daniel, a musician in the U.S. Navy Band. Two daughters and many duty stations later, Jeanie and her family landed in Virginia Beach. She has recently become an “empty nester” as her daughters, Jamie (21) and Jenna (19) are both at college chasing their dreams.

Jeanie enjoys traveling, researching, and spending time with family and friends.

You can reach Jeanie at pds@easternshorechapel.org.       

Chapel Pantry Coordinator

Kay O’Reilly has been employed at Eastern Shore Chapel since 2000. Kay spent several years working with Newcomers and Hospitality before becoming Director of the Chapel Pantry in 2009. The Pantry has grown tremendously over the years, from a small closet with non-perishable food, to its current status as the largest food pantry in Virginia Beach, serving almost 42,000 people in 2020. The Pantry now has an emphasis on fresh food, much of it “rescued” from area stores.

Originally from California, Kay studied Theatre at California State University East Bay and the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City. Kay owned a catering business and retail shop in California for seven years before moving to Virginia Beach in 1999 with her now retired actor/college teacher husband, Tom, and musician daughter, Megan (now 21).

Kay enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, gardening, and cheering on her daughter’s career aspirations in the music industry.

You can reach Kay at Koreilly@easternshorechapel.org.       

Organist and Music Director

Martin Sunderland presently serves as Organist and Music Director at Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia. He previously served as Director of Parish Music at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Hampton, Virginia. There he served as organist and directed five bell choirs, seven vocal ensembles, and a beginning string ensemble. Prior to his church music career, Martin taught choral music and string orchestra in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Dr. Sunderland has degrees in organ performance from Pennsylvania State University and Yale University and a doctorate in Music Education from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Sunderland is an active member of the Tidewater Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has served both dean and treasurer. He has organized concert celebrations of the anniversaries for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Felix Mendelssohn, and he served as co-chairperson for the Region III, AGO Convention, July 5-9, 2009, held in cities throughout the Hampton Roads Region.

You can reach Martin directly at msunderland@easternshorechapel.org.       

Finance Director

Roxanne Wright discovered her love for working with numbers while working as an Accounts Payable Clerk for Ferguson Enterprises. At that time, Roxie was pursuing an MA in Ancient and Medieval History through the University of Edinburgh and had ultimately planned to be a Librarian. After working and cross training with several finance departments at Ferguson, she decided there were better opportunities in finance versus being a medieval historian in the United States and she changed her plans. She has worked in several areas of finance since then, including her most recent job as an Office Administrative Coordinator where she oversaw all of the financial departments at a Commercial Refrigeration and HVAC company before finding her home at Eastern Shore Chapel. Since leaving Ferguson, she has enrolled and received certification in several programs and is a Certified Payroll Professional, Certified Accounts Payable Associate, a Microsoft Office Specialist, Notary Public, and a Certified Administrative Professional. She is currently working on receiving certification as a Certified Public Bookkeeper and pursuing an AS in Accounting.

Even though she switched career paths, she still has a passion for medieval history and maintains membership in the Plantagenet Society, Tudor Society, Richard III Society, and the Medieval Academy of America. She is also a member of the St. Andrew’s Society, American Payroll Association, National Notary Association, Herb Society of America, and the International Clan MacFarlane Society. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, painting, knitting, making soaps and bath bombs, trying to keep plants alive, and cooking with her partner Justin, with whom she lives in Norfolk along with their beloved pets Rhys, an impish 9 yr old Chihuahua and Sophie, a mischievous 4 yr old cat.

You can reach Roxie directly at rwright@easternshorechapel.org

Cemetery Manager

Mike Brown has been a member of Eastern Shore Chapel since 1976 when his father (and previous Cemetery Manager), Noel “Skip” Brown, transferred to Virginia Beach while serving in the US Navy. He is employed full time with the City of Virginia Beach as a Firefighter and has served in the role of Cemetery Manager since the passing of his father in 2015.

Mike received a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1987 and went on to work at a land development and survey company in Northern Virginia where he met his wife Elizabeth. They married in 1991 and moved back to Virginia Beach in 1993. Elizabeth was confirmed at Eastern Shore Chapel the following year. They have two girls, Haley (21), a student at VCU studying to be an Art Therapist, and Delaney (18), who is considering a career as a Pharmacist. Both girls were baptized at Eastern Shore Chapel. Elizabeth and the girls enjoy singing in the choir and serve in various ministries within the Parish.

Mike has previously served as an Acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, Youth Group Advisor, and Sunday School Teacher. He was also a member of the Building and Grounds committee, the Lawn Crew, and Softball Team. He served on the Vestry from 1998-2000.

You can reach Mike Brown directly at esccemetery@verizon.net

Newcomer’s Coordinator

Craig Caulkins has served on the Newcomer Committee or as Coordinator for Eastern Shore Chapel since about 2010. Growing up in the Episcopal Church as the son of an Episcopal Priest. He married his high school sweetheart, Linda, and they started their married life living in Germany courtesy of the U.S. Army. After a stint as a Deputy Sheriff in Fairfax county VA, Craig, Linda, and sons moved to Virginia Beach where he spent many years working as an Emergency Room Tech (EMT) in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital ER and working at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Craig earned his Bachelor’s in Human Services from Old Dominion University. Working as a Case Manager at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center.

Now he enjoys the opportunity to volunteer at Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center (Homeless Shelter) and Eastern Shore Chapel in many various capacities. Craig enjoys watching sports, beach bumming, reading, and mucking around in the garden. “Eastern Shore Chapel is a safe and comfortable place to worship, fully supporting the idea that ALL are welcome to join our church family, find a ministry that feeds their soul and connect with friends along the way.”

You can reach Craig directly at ccaulkins88@gmail.com

Sextons

Matthew Improta was born in Virginia Beach. He joined the ESC staff in January of 2015 starting as a part-time employee but is now a full-time Sexton. Matthew is an Eagle Scout; he continues to support his troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster. He works several part-time jobs and graduated from Virginia Wesleyan University. Matthew has a passion for cooking, camping, and loves to travel whenever he can. Throughout the week Matthew cleans, maintains facility equipment and building maintenance as well as preserving the grounds.

Rusty Seamans is originally from Colorado and was first employed at ESC as a Contract Painter and has been a full-time Sexton for six years. She enthusiastically takes care of maintaining our Parish Day School ensuring that everything is properly cleaned and in working order. Rusty has been a Navy wife of 26 years, and is a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoys animals and loves to cook.

Darlene Berry is originally from Virginia Beach. She has been working for ESC for 15 years! Darlene started working at the Cemetery as a volunteer and eventually as a paid employee at the Food Pantry and has been a full-time Sexton for several years. She is a dedicated employee and always takes care of everyone. Darlene is a proud mother of two daughters and one grandson. In her spare time, she likes to garden, walk the beach for sea glass and do arts and crafts and loves all living creatures.