Dear Daughters in the DOK Pittsburgh Assembly,
Our Spring Assembly is almost upon us! Next Saturday, April 28, we will gather at 9:30 am at Christ Church, New Brighton. The Rev. Tina Lockett will inspire and encourage us with a talk on Listening to God, and we will have good worship, good fellowship and good food. In case you didn't download the directions page that came with your registration form, the church address is 1217 Third Avenue, New Brighton, PA 15066. If you haven't already done so, please send in your registration form quickly, as our hosts need to have a final lunch count. A second registration form can be found on our Pittsburgh Assembly webpage.
The attachment contains biographies of nominees for offices in our Order's Pittsburgh Assembly. We will vote on them during the Assembly.
Deep appreciation goes to our dedicated Nominating Committee--Toni Younkin, Chairman, Elizabeth Hobbs and Robin Refft. They represented our three largest chapters, St. Teresa of Avila at St. Paul's Monongahela, Holy Comforter at Christ Church Fox Chapel, and Daughters of Grace at Trinity Beaver. They also represented both Anglican and Episcopal interests.
Looking forward to seeing you at our Spring Assembly, and For His Sake,
President, Pittsburgh Assembly
The Order of the Daughters of the King
Bios of Nominees for DOK Pittsburgh Assembly Offices
September 1, 2012-August 31, 2015
President: Gail Simpson
Gail is the current President of the Pittsburgh Assembly. She also has been First Vice President of Province III and has served twice as President of the Holy Comforter Chapter at Christ Church Fox Chapel. At Christ Church Gail is the Anglican 4th Day Parish Coordinator and is both a Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lay Eucharistic Visitor. She has served twice on the Vestry and was the first President of the parish’s rebirthed ECW. In the community Gail volunteers time to Health South Harmarville, the Pittsburgh Opera, Trinity School for Ministry and Shepherd’s Heart. One of Gail’s passions is Kairos Prison Ministry. She has been on Support Teams for men’s weekends at SCI Greene in Waynesburg since 2006 and on Inside Teams for women’s weekends in SCI Cambridge Springs since 2009. Gail holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College. Gail and her husband, Stu, have four grown children and five grandchildren. She has been a Daughter of the King since 1989 and is now a Life Member.
First Vice President: Von Wilkinson
Von is a current Board Member of the Pittsburgh Assembly and is President of the Austin Pardue Chapter at Christ Church, New Brighton. In her parish Von serves on Altar Guild and as Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lay Eucharistic Visitor. She also embroiders altar linens for her parish. Von earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds an associate degree in science and general studies and currently is working on a degree in arts and religion from Trinity School for Ministry. Concurrently, she is also working on a Lay Preacher’s License. Von has served on three Anglican 4th Day teams, twice in the Palanca Chapel and once as a Rollista. Von has lived in Pittsburgh all of her life and has just become a widow, her beloved Monty having died in December, 2011. Von has been a Daughter of the King since .
Second Vice President: Carolyn Booker
Carolyn is the current President of Province III, is on National Council as National Membership Chair, and is Advisor to the Pittsburgh Assembly Board. Prior DOK offices have been National Evangelism Chair, Facilitator for Province Presidents, Province III First Vice President, Diocesan President, Chapter President and Chapter Junior Directress. Other Christian experience has been Cursillo, Cathedral Vestry, Community Bible Study, ECW, Intercessory Prayer Leader, McNutt Emerging in Healing Seminar, and Gateway Healing Rooms (a healing ministry). Carolyn also has been a member of a Crisis Intervention Team and has served on Jubilee Soup Kitchen Board. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, John, have been married almost 47 years. They have two children and four grandchildren. Carolyn is a Daughter at Large. Her home parish is St. Stephen’s, Wilkinsburg. She has been a Daughter of the King since 1991.
Secretary: Judith Daniels
Judy is a Life member of the Order of the Daughters of the King. She was raised in the Church of the Holy Cross-Episcopal in Homewood where she took the vow to become a Daughter in the Margaret J. Clark chapter on June 16, 2002. She is a past president of the DOK Ruth Chapter at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Hazelwood. She now attends Saint James Anglican Church in Penn Hills, where she is a Daughter at Large. Judy is involved with the Anglican 4th Day (Cursillo) Movement. Recently, she sponsored three pilgrims from St. James Church for the women’s A4D weekend. Professionally, Judy is a certified Physician Assistant. She graduated from Hahnemann-Drexel University in 1987 and received a master’s degree in medical science from St. Francis University in 1997. She enjoys traveling and tending to her two miniature smooth dachshunds, Jellybean & Cinnabun, whom she adores.
Treasurer: Brenda Homer
Brenda is the current Treasurer for the Pittsburgh Assembly and President of the Daughters of Grace Chapter at Trinity Beaver. Brenda is also a member of the Trinity choir, a lay reader and an acolyte. In addition, she serves on Trinity’s healing prayer team and crochets prayer shawls for the sick of the parish. Brenda is a middle school math and science teacher at the Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. Her most challenging position, however, is that of rector’s wife. She has been married to Father Scott Homer for nearly 34 years. They have a son in the military, a daughter who is an artist and two adorable grand-daughters. Brenda has been a Daughter of the King since 2004.