In the Episcopal Church, the vestry is the legal representative of the parish in all matters pertaining to the parish’s corporate property. Vestry members serve 3-year terms on a rotating basis, and new vestry members are elected by the congregation each January at the annual parish meeting of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The rector serves as presiding officer during vestry meetings, and the Junior and Senior wardens also serve in leadership capacities. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector; the junior warden has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a clerk maintain financial records and meeting minutes.

The responsibilities of the vestry as a whole include:

  • to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation;
  • to support the church’s mission by word and deed;
  • to support the search committee when selecting the rector;
  • to ensure effective organization and planning, and
  • to manage the parish’s resources and finances.
Christie Scalara

Christie Scalara, Senior Warden

Christie Scalera grew up in Tallahassee, FL where she was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. After graduating from Florida State University and a 2-year stint as a social worker in Miami, Christie moved to Palm Beach County.  During Christie’s 22 year membership at St. Andrew’s, she has served on the Vestry as Sr. Warden, was the directory coordinator, Centennial Celebration chairperson, co-chair of the Rector Search committee and was chairperson of Fr. Paul’s retirement celebration. Christie has engaged in multiple artistic endeavors, both as participant and spectator. She participates in FAU’s lifelong learning program and enjoys traveling, gardening, making jewelry, sports (she took up pickle ball last year) and anything grandchildren related!

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Eric J. Salomonsson, Junior Warden

Eric J. Salomonsson was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts where he was involved in the local Swedish community. He co-authored several local history books on Worcester and the Swedish-American Community. Eric and his partner Tom moved to Boynton Beach in 2005. He teaches Social Science at the North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek. Raised Roman Catholic, Eric left the church for numerous reasons. For a time, he attended a Lutheran church until he became one of the wandering “unaffiliated.” He joined St. Andrews in 2013, following the passing of his father. He felt he needed spiritual nourishment and support, and happily found it at St. Andrews. “I have made some wonderful friends here and have served on the Vestry in the past.”

Chris Diserio

Chris Diserio, Treasurer

Chris, his wife, Talia, and their dog, Lucy, have been residents of Lake Worth Beach since 2013.  Chris and Talia began attending services at St. Andrew’s in 2017.  Chris earned a degree in Finance from the University of Illinois and is a residential property manager in Fort Lauderdale.  Chris has been a volunteer at the Way Café since 2018.

Vestry Members:

Christie Scalara, Senior Warden
Eric J. Salomonsson, Junior Warden
Chris Diserio, Treasurer
Mary Beth LaBrecque, Secretary
Lissie Bartlett
Kelly Boudle
Ron Bukley
Michael Hoagland
Carol Sink
Peter Wronsky

Ex Officio:

Fr. Chuck David, Care Committee