Clergy and Staff
The Rev. David EricksonRector
David comes to St. Mary’s with training, experience and energy to lead and grow our parish. Most recently, he served as Canon for Congregational Ministries at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, in Jacksonville, Florida. Earlier, he was an Associate Rector at St. Cross Hermosa Beach, California and, prior to that, he served as lay Youth Director at All Saints, Pasadena.
David’s non-church background is diverse. He has a degree in theater and worked as a restaurant manager. He has a certificate in fundraising management from the Lily School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
David and his wife, Heather, met in church — at All Saints, Beverly Hills. After their marriage, they both discerned calls to ordination, enrolling and graduating together from Virginia Theological Seminary. David has two children ages 8 and 5.
The Rev. Kira Austin-YoungAssociate Rector
Rev. Kira Austin-Young recently served as priest-in-charge of St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN. She has previously served as priest-in-charge of Church of the Epiphany, Lebanon, TN and as a chaplain resident at Monroe Carell Jr. Children Hospital at Vanderbilt. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Rice University and a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University. Her book Pro-Choice and Christian: Reconciling Faith, Politics, and Justice came out in 2017, and she has been a contributing writer to publications out of Westminster-John Knox Press and the United Methodist Publishing House. She is married to art designer and Emmy award-winning puppeteer Michael Schupbach. Their dog, Ruth Bader Ginsbark, and cats, Tilda and Wallace, round out their household.
The Rev. Kathy GuinAssisting Priest*
The Rev. Kathy Guin is originally from Dallas, Texas and moved to San Francisco in 1985. Here she met and married her husband David through mutual good friends, who still live in the area. Kathy and David lived in the Bay Area for many years, where their children Kelly and Bryan were born. Both of their adult children now live in San Francisco and they will be spending the winter seasons here.
Kathy is a retired Episcopal priest and served as a spiritual director at the National Cathedral and Virginia Theological Seminary, who now lives in Nobleboro, Maine. Previously, she served as the Rector of St Margaret’s, Woodbridge, Virginia, a vibrant diverse church. She received her Masters in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, served on the Committee of Priesthood for the Diocese of Virginia and as the Dean for the Potomac region. She is certified from the Bon Secours Retreat Center Spiritual Direction Program and received Family Systems training through a two-year clergy track program. Currently, she is working to complete another spiritual direction program with a Jungian Mystical Christian tradition framework through the Haden Institute.
The Rev. Nancy BryanDeacon
415.921.3665 x364 |
Nancy attended the University of California at Berkeley where she majored in Art History. She and her husband became active at St. Mary’s over 40 years ago, where all three of their children were baptized and attended Sunday School. Nancy helped to create the original “Friendly Visitors” for seniors. She obtained a Bachelor of Theological Studies at the School for Deacons in Berkeley and was ordained at Grace Cathedral in December of 2005. Nancy served in a number of ministries around the Bay Area following her ordination and returned to St. Mary’s in 2009. She currently coordinates the Pastoral Care Team and takes communion to communities around the city.
The Rev. Tim SmithDeacon
415.921.3665 x352 |
Tim joined St. Mary the Virgin as deacon in June 2015 after graduation from School of Deacons in Berkeley in May and ordination at Grace Cathedral in June. Tim and his wife Ilia have been active parishioners at St. Mary the Virgin for over 36 years including his time at School for Deacons. Their son was baptized and confirmed there. A former attorney, risk management consultant, and insurance broker, Tim retired in 2012 and immediately entered School for Deacons. He feels that God has called him to a servant ministry in Jesus’ name. In particular, Tim feels called to serve as a deacon whose role is interpreting to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world, facilitating, encouraging, and motivating sisters and brothers in Christ to live out their baptismal vows, and serving and ministering with others particularly the marginalized outside the walls of the church. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, graduate degrees in law and business from Columbia University, a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany, and a bachelor’s degree in diaconal studies from School for Deacons in Berkeley.
Natalie HalaParish Verger and Liturgist
415.921.3665 | Natalie Hala believes that “the pearl is within you” and that practicing an embodied worship and prayer life can lead to self-discovery and an abundant relationship with God. Natalie’s call to lay ministry with a specialty in liturgy and worship came after a full career as an arts administration senior executive in both public and private sectors. In her role at St. Mary’s she is responsible for overseeing St. Mary’s communal worship and liturgy. Working in partnership with clergy and laity she works to strengthen the spiritual dimension of worship and broadening the life of the church through the words and example of Christ Jesus. In 2014, she was commissioned as a verger by The Verger’s Guild of the Episcopal Church and was recognized at ceremonies in Burlington, Ontario, Canada as the 282nd International Fellow. Natalie holds the distinction of being the first fellow in the Diocese of California and only the second in the state of California at the time of her commissioning. Natalie is a practitioner and student of contemplative prayer practices and Wisdom paths. Her Christian-based formation continues with advanced studies with the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and Contemplative and Wisdom Learning Centers. She currently serves as a member of the Diocese of California Liturgical Commission and leads training and certification workshops for Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors throughout the Diocese. Natalie is a graduate of Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa and holds a master’s degree in the history of art and architecture from the University of Kansas. Natalie and her spouse, David Crosson, have been active members of St. Mary’s since 2006.
Eric ChoateDirector of Music
415.921.3665 x363 |
Eric Choate is in demand as a choral and orchestral conductor, composer, and organist. In addition to his service at St. Mary the Virgin, he is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, Professor of Choral and Organ music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and often prepares choruses for the San Francisco Symphony and Berkeley Symphony. As an award-winning composer, his music has been performed by renowned artists including VOCES8, Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Brian Thorsett, Emil Miland, John Churchwell, Friction Quartet, Areon Flutes, One Found Sound, and others. His music is published by E.C. Schirmer and Augsburg Fortress. Eric is an active organ recitalist and has been a visiting artist at major universities, including a recent residency at Virginia Tech University.
Graduating with Departmental Distinction, Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts in Composition from St. Olaf College, where he studied with Timothy Mahr and Justin Merritt. He was awarded a fellowship to study harmony and counterpoint at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France. He then went on to earn a Master of Music with David Conte at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Having served as an officer of the San Francisco American Guild of Organists Chapter, he remains an active member of both the AGO and the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM).
Marla PerkinsMusic Associate
Marla is a pianist who brings to St. Mary’s an extensive background in piano performance and music teaching. She fell in love with music as a preschooler singing with her mother at the piano. Piano studies began at age 5 leading to an Assoc. with The Western Board and B. Mus. from Brandon University, Canada. She received her M.M. from Hartt School of Music, Univ. of Hartford, studying under Anne Koscielny and Raymond Hanson, and Prof. Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Paul Hersh. Additional training was at the Guildhall School, Internationale Sommer Akademie Mozarteum, Johannesen Int’l Summer School, The Banff Center, and private study with Diana Lawton and Sir Kendall Taylor.
Marla has performed as soloist, piano duo partner, chamber musician, and accompanist for professional instrumentalists and singers, choirs, and ballet classes. She has also enjoyed work in musical theater. Marla has taught piano and music since age 17 to students of all ages in private lessons, theory classes, ensemble coaching, a vibrant nursery school program, and for those with learning differences. While raising her family in San Francisco she worked with young musicians through Villa Sinfonia, ACT, SFCM’s Summer Music West, several private schools, and her own studio.
Her music has been influenced by years of figure skating, love of nature, a keen interest in mind-body-spiritual connection and healing, and Eastern practices. Marla and Barry are grateful to have had the nurturing community of St. Mary’s in raising their two children to adulthood.
Nancy ClarkSunday School Director
Nancy Clark has been a member of the parish and Sunday school director for over 40 years. In that role she has created curriculum, designed projects and recruited and guided teachers.
Nancy is a career educator having been a history teacher at Katherine Burke School and at Lick-Wilmerding High School.
She was also the Dean of Students at Lick-WIlmerding and most recently was head of the upper school at San Francisco Day School.
Mike StaffordYouth Minister
Mike began volunteering in Youth Ministry at St. Mary’s in 2009, and has been the Director of Youth Ministries since 2012.
Mike grew up in the Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated from Yale with a degree in History, and got his Masters in Education from UNC Chapel Hill. Previous to this role at St. Mary's he taught middle and high school history for 20 years. He has attended St. Mary’s with his wife Margaret since 2008, and they have two daughters, who are also all active in the life of the parish.
Riley HagginInterim Associate Youth Minister
Riley is excited to be joining the staff as the Interim Associate Youth Minister. She began worshipping at St. Mary’s in 2005 and has been volunteering with St. Mary’s Youth Group since 2013. She has also helped chaperone Youth Mission Trips since 2015.
Riley is a Bay Area native. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in History. After beginning her teaching career in Boston, she returned to CA to attend the Stanford Teacher Education Program. In addition to her role at St. Mary’s, Riley is an 8th grade US History teacher in Los Altos.
Hailey CristobalNursery Director
Hailey was born in San Francisco and moved to Philippines at the age of 9 years old. She returned to California when she was 18. Studied in City College of San Francisco to pursue Early childhood Education then graduated in Cañada College in Redwood City with Associate in Science Early Childhood then finished Medical Assistant during pandemic 2020. Hailey loves nurturing infants, toddlers and preschools. 13 years of experienced being a infant/toddler and Preschool teacher.
Hailey enjoys listening to music and loves to dance. She enjoys spending time with her family especially her 2 young girls. She is grateful and blessed to be part of the St. Mary community.
Heather BalengaNursery Staff
We welcome Heather Batenga as our newest member of our nursery staff. Heather is from San Francisco and enjoys the great outdoors and also creating art and music. She has 18 years of childcare experience as a nanny, as well as child care in groups and one-on one. She brings a mother-like intuition to share and an ability to quickly adapt to each individual in her care as well as different environments. She loves working with children because they remind her that they are the future. We look forward to her ministry with our youngest kids.
Ashley RyanParish Administrator
415-921-3665 x302 |
Ashley grew up in El Dorado County, California and has studied business administration at Chico State University as well as International Business at KEDGE University in Marseille, France. Most recently, she worked as an office manager at a hotel in Big Sur. Ashley loves children and teaching and has formerly been a Kindergarten teacher and nanny.
Ashley enjoys music and learning new instruments and skills. In addition, she likes to read, dance, and roller skate. Interacting with people brings her great joy and she appreciates being a part of St. Mary's where so many people are eager to spread the love and grace of God.
Alex LeiSunday Morning Sexton
Betty Hood-Gibson and her husband, David Gibson, have been attending St. Mary’s for over 35 years at the 9:00 a.m. service. They find the warmth, vibrancy and inclusiveness of St. Mary’s community very important in their lives and do, in fact, find at St. Mary’s “that which feeds their souls.” Betty is currently serving at Treasurer of St. Mary’s and is a member of the Legacy and Endowment Board and the Finance Committee. Betty is also a member of St. Mary’s chapter of the Daughters of the King. Betty has served three times on the Vestry, twice as Finance Chair and once as Senior Warden.
Betty is a recently retired CPA. She has served as an auditor with Ernst & Young and held other positions in the financial area, including real estate management in the Bay Area. Betty was raised in Fort Worth, Texas and “grew up” in the Church of Christ there. She moved to San Francisco in 1974 and began attending St. Mary’s after she met David, joining the church following their marriage in 1978. She has a BBA in Accounting from Texas Christian University and an MBA from Pepperdine university. Betty has taught as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University. She previously was chair of the board of the Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA in San Francisco and Chair of the board of Saybrook University.
Nancy SvendsenEvents Coordinator
Nancy was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. After graduating in theater from Queen’s University, she pursued acting in New York and at the same time obtained a MA in Elementary Education. Nancy has enjoyed many occupations; actress, television game show writer, events company owner, teacher to name a few. Her favorite has been raising her two daughters who now pursue their dreams in San Francisco and North Carolina. Nancy is a regular substitute teacher and admissions assistant at Hamlin and Burke’s schools. She was received into the Episcopal Church in 2019 and completed her Stephen’s Ministry training this past February. As the parish Events Coordinator, she finds that working with families and the clergy in coordinating weddings and funerals very fulfilling. Teaching Sunday school is also a joy!
Nancy began attending St. Mary's in 1993 with a focus on outreach and adult education. In 1999, she volunteered to provide a website for the church and has been webmaster ever since. Nancy has also participated in Pastoral Care, is a member of the Altar Guild and a member of the vestry.
*The Rev. Kathy Guin at St. Mary's September through March
Vicki Turk, Accountant email: [email protected] – Phone: 415.921.3665 x316 Office hours, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday