2019 Chapter Nominee Biographies

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Brandon Andersen

I have been a working professional in Omaha for over 25 years. I, along with my husband Jeffrey, began attending Trinity Cathedral in November of 2016 and both officially became members and were welcomed into the Church in May of 2017.  I have volunteered with Youth Emergency Services and have been a member of the Opera Omaha Craftsmans Guild since 2012.  I enjoy Husker football and volleyball as a season-ticket holder, and in the summer months, we along with our dog Berkley, enjoy spending time at our lake camper.

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Tom Dean

I first joined the Episcopal Church shortly before Sara and I were married in 1995, and I have been a member of congregations in New York, Maine and now Omaha.  Before moving here, I spent a few years as a member of a Lutheran church in New Mexico.  I served as a member of the vestry while living in Maine, and Sara and I have generally been active in the weekly life of the church - for example, both of us taught Sunday school when our two kids were in grade school (one is in college, the other about to go to college, now).  We are really enjoying getting to know the people here at Trinity! 

As an attorney and sometimes hospital administrator, I have been asked to serve on appropriations committees for several United Way campaigns and the boards of small health-related charities.  I currently serve on the board of Pascal's Pantry, a food bank and kitchen project that focuses on Haitian children in the Dominican Republic. 

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Alison DeLizza

I am a life-long Episcopalian, though new to Trinity. My husband, Jeff, and I have been attending services at the Cathedral since our move to from Michigan to Omaha in June. We now attend the monthly young adult nights and Wednesday night Bible study, both of which I thoroughly enjoy! I grew up in the Church, and as such have served as a reader, choir member, Sunday school teacher, small group coordinator, and volunteered on many committees and projects. I am a Clinical Psychology Intern in my last year of training at UNMC and am hoping to stay on as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and faculty member next year (fingers crossed). I love reading, hosting friends for game nights, playing with our dog, and going to live theater. I am so honored to be nominated to the chapter and would love to do my part to serve Trinity.

Joan Standifer

I am pleased to be asked to serve as a Chapter member for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. I would like to share my experiences and skills as a life long Episcopalian, beginning at age 7 being confirmed at St Philips The Deacon and currently at the Cathedral for about 25 years.  I served as Elementary teacher and Principal for 30 years, retiring seventeen years ago. I’m a community volunteer serving on several Boards and am an Educational Consultant that serves the Omaha Public School community. Lastly, a wife to Stan, mother of two, Michael and Monica Baker, grandmother and great grandmother.

Incoming Chapter Officer Biographies

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Char DeWitt, Senior Warden

I am a cradle Episcopalian and have been fortunate that whatever town I’ve lived in, there was an Episcopal church!  I’ve been a member of Trinity for 5 years, and a Chapter member for 3 years.  I lived for many years in Hastings--- graduating from Hastings College, and working at American Express Financial Advisors for almost 12 years.  I became interested in charitable planning and that led me to a life changing career path.  I sold my practice and was hired by the Episcopal Church Foundation out of New York.  As a Field Manager for Planned Giving, I lived in Hastings and worked with parishes and dioceses in Provinces VI and VII (meaning the entire great plains from Minnesota to Arizona!).  I then worked with the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas as their Director of Development and Stewardship.  This is where my love of the spirituality of fundraising was keenly developed---I worked with parishes on their annual giving campaigns; secured planned gifts and Charitable Gift Annuities for the diocese; and helped lead a capital campaign where we raised $3.4 million dollars.  The expansion of the Bishop Kemper School of Ministry (BKSM) and the Upton Hall renovation (both located in Topeka KS) were a result of that campaign.  I currently serve as the Planned Giving Officer for the American Red Cross---covering Kansas, Nebraska, SW Iowa, Idaho, and Montana.

Here at Trinity, I serve on the Stewardship and the Planned Giving committees.

 My husband and I were married for 34 years---he sadly died in October 2015.  Our daughter Erin and grandson Quintin attend Trinity.  My stepson Scot, his husband Stu, stepdaughter Heidy, her husband Vance, and grandson Easton live in Lincoln. 

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Brent Meyer, Treasurer

Hello! I’ve been attending Trinity for the last two years with my wife and family.  We thank the congregation for the warm welcome. As far as background, I studied finance at Creighton and am an attorney at the law firm, Husch Blackwell. I’ve spent the last six months training for the job under the excellent supervision of Jeff Chapman. I look forward to working with you, the staff and the chapter.