Robin Kares has been a teacher, a secretary and a fundraiser. She is now retired and spends her time volunteering at St. Thomas Clinic and serving as Senior Warden at St. Thomas. After spending 32 years together, she and her wife, Paula, were married by the priest at St. Thomas on the day that the courts allowed same-sex marriage. They will celebrate their 5th anniversary this year. Robin is a champion of Radical Welcome and is interested in Adult Education (especially confirmation) and liturgy. She has been on the Vestry since 2013, and is starting her fourth year as Senior Warden.
Cynthia Dozier, Junior Warden – I began attending the Episcopal Church 1998, and it was love at first sight. Although I wasn’t familiar with a liturgical service, the format was immediately a perfect fit for me. I’ve been a member of a number of different Episcopal churches over the years due to family relocations, so I can safely say that St. Thomas Episcopal Church is one of the best! The people here are warm and caring, and are truly committed to building a strong congregation and fostering personal spiritual strengths. I have attended St. Thomas for a couple of years, and I’m currently a Vestry member and Junior Warden. I’m now semi-retired and working part-time. Prior to retirement, I had a 30-year career involving national security that required a high degree of project management and attention to detail. I am very happy to have an opportunity to use those skills as Junior Warden, and I look forward to long years of service and growth at St. Thomas.
Karen Smith, Clerk – I have been attending St. Thomas since 1988 when my family moved to Greenwood from Fairfield, OH. My husband, Eric, and I were married at St. Thomas in 2000. My husband, 2 sons, and I are active members of the parish. Over the years I’ve taught Godly Play, been an Altar Guild member, and a liturgical reader. I am currently serving for the second time on the Vestry.
My name is Milly Kopecky and I am a retired RN and Hospice Chaplain. I was drawn to St. Thomas because of its open and compassionate theology. I have been a member of St. Thomas since 2002. My husband Robert joined St. Thomas in 2003, the first church he had joined in over 40 years. We both felt at home the moment we walked through the doors, we were welcomed and made to feel we were loved and wanted, it was a good fit for us both. When I had health problems over the years, people brought food and called and sent cards. When I lost my husband in 2017 I was surrounded by love and support from the congregation and will always feel St. Thomas is my home. I have volunteered as Chaplain for the Clinic and I am currently serving on the Vestry.