Meeting begins at 10:00am ET today. Vote for vestry candidates at the bottom of this page; the form will be turned on when voting begins.
Sunday, February 6, at 10:00 a.m.
Candidates for Warden
Clark Ervin has been a member of St. John’s since 2001, when he returned to Washington from his native Texas to serve in the Administration. Currently the Junior Warden, over the years he has served as a member of the Vestry, the Stewardship Committee, as a Lay Reader, and as the organizer of the Speaker Series. A partner in the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs, he is married to Carolyn Harris and they have a teenage daughter, Callie.
Nora Rigby is a lifelong Episcopalian and has been a member of St. John’s since 2006. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Nora graduated from Tulane University and Vanderbilt University Law School. She and her husband Hap have lived in DC since 2004 when they moved to Washington with the plan to stay for “a couple of years.” Nora and Hap attend the 11am service and live in Northwest DC with their two children, Powe (age 13) and Lizzie (age 10), who were both baptized at St. John’s.
In her professional life, Nora is Senior Counsel and Chief of Staff for the Office of Regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where she has worked for nine years. In her free time, Nora enjoys seeing live music, playing tennis, and reading contemporary fiction.
At St. John’s, Nora has served on the vestry since 2019 and has been a member of the Usher Guild for many years, currently serving as an Assistant Head Usher. She served on the Regathering Committee in 2020 and taught church school for several years, both Godly Play to preschoolers and the teen Confirmation Class.
CANDIDATES FOR VESTRY: THREE TO BE ELECTED
St John’s has been my spiritual home for almost 30 years. During that time, it has nurtured my family and me in many ways as my wife and I married and our children were baptized, confirmed, and headed to college.
In years past, I have twice served on the Vestry. I serve as an usher and served as the Head Usher. I also serve as a reader, chalice bearer, and delegate to the Diocesan convention. I have led the Stewardship Committee and served on the Outreach Committee in connection with running its participation in the Good Shepherd After School program and co-led for a time the Rebuild Together program. I also served on the discernment committee for a candidate for ministry.
We have a remarkable church and congregation and it would be an honor and privilege to give back to our Church community and help St. John’s serve our larger community in these interesting times by serving on the Vestry. Thank you.
Richard “Rick” Busch
Rick has been a member of St. John’s Lafayette Square since 1974. He has served as an usher, tour guide, member of the Properties Committee, reader, secretary of the Vestry, member of the Finance Committee, and member of the Lafayette Fellowship. He is a retired career Intelligence Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. Upon leaving the CIA, Rick has built a new career in historic preservation. He has served on the staff of the DC Preservation League, and was part of the original staff of Cultural Tourism DC, where he wrote a 90-page guide entitled “Civil War to Civil Right, Washington’s Downtown Heritage Trail.”
For 2 years he was the leader of the Historic Districts Coalition, a group of a dozen neighborhood preservation groups that banded together to bring their collective weight before government agencies on critical issues. He is a former president of the Dupont Circle Conservancy, which monitors the historic and architectural character of the Dupont neighborhood. He is a member of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, our nation’s capital’s oldest citizen-based planning organization. For 7 years, he was a volunteer docent at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery.
Casey currently serves as St. John’s Treasurer, and she is a member of its budget and investment committees. She previously served for two years as Assistant Treasurer.
Casey is an accountant with expertise in forensic accounting and fraud investigation. After ten years in the private sector, she joined the accounting faculty of American University’s Kogod School of Business, where she currently serves as an Associate Dean.
Casey has been a member of St. John’s since 2005. She and her husband were married here in 2008, and their son was baptized here in 2013. Casey also has volunteered for the St. John’s Godly Play program and assisted with the
I was born and raised in northern Indiana and, after graduating from Michigan in 1971, I moved to Washington to practice law. In 1975, I began a career as chief executive for not-for-profit industry organizations and in 2006 I became CEO of the Toy Industry Association in New York City, from which I retired in 2015.
I began attending regular services at St. John’s in 1971 and was confirmed in the Episcopal Church there in 1972. Fran and I were married at St. John’s in 1979, and our boys Graham and Christopher were baptized there in 1980 and 1981.
John Harper was a major influence in our lives, and I was fortunate to serve the parish in a variety of roles including committee chairmanships, Sunday School teacher, Vestry and eventually Head Usher. Our family migrated to St. Columba’s around 1990, when Fran began teaching at the pre-school there and my mother became a resident at Friendship Terrace. While I was working and residing in NYC, I was home in DC only periodically, so I joined the congregation at the Washington National Cathedral and became an usher. While I resided in NYC, I was active with a parish in the City.
We have never lost our fondness for St. John’s and were thrilled when our son Graham was married there in 2016. We transferred our membership back to St. John’s in 2019, just six months before the pandemic shut down the parish, so it has been difficult to make new acquaintances among the congregation. But I am thankful to be remembered by some long-time parishioners, and grateful for the new friends we’ve met.
I am honored to be among the candidates for election to the Vestry, and if I am elected, I look forward to the opportunity to become more fully acquainted and involved with the parish.
Ucheora Onwuamaegbu has been a parishioner at St. John’s for about twenty-one years and, for many of those years, has served as chalice bearer as well as sidesman for a period. He is married to Nkem who, until two years ago, was Treasurer at St. John’s having also taught church school for some years. Their three children, Natachi (22), Obi (20), and Kosi (18), all attended church school at St John’s and got to serve as acolytes over the years.
Raised in Nigeria, Uche moved to London, England, in 1988 and six years later to Geneva, Switzerland for seven years before moving to Washington, D.C., in 2001. He is an attorney with Arent Fox LLP in Washington, D.C., with a focus on disputes between governments and foreign investors. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, and Licensed as Special Legal Consultant to practice international law in the District of Columbia. Uche holds a PhD in international law from Kings College in London.
Karen Zachary has been a parishioner at St. John’s since the 1980s, having been both baptized and confirmed here. She has served on the Stewardship and Properties committees, as well as participating in the Parish Lunch and Pathways through Lent. She served many years on the Flower Guild and has been an Usher for more than twenty years. Currently, she is the Chair of the Tour Guide Guild. Karen grew up in Texas is a graduate of The University of Texas. She works as an e-discovery lawyer in Washington, D.C., primarily on antitrust issues in large mergers and acquisitions.
In her free time, Karen is an avid reader of history, biography, and Golden Age mysteries, listening to them while she walks in the neighborhood. Her cats Boris and Natasha permit her to live with them in Arlington, Virginia.