Vestry

The Vestry is responsible for enhancing both the spiritual and organizational life of the parish. It manages all church property and assets, approves the budget, and authorizes major expenditures. All Souls has senior and junior wardens, a treasurer, clerk, and ten additional members. Keep these Vestry members in your prayers — they have many responsibilities, and they are much appreciated!

Meetings

Meetings of the Vestry are held the 3rd Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. and are open to all members of the Cathedral. Copies of the minutes can be obtained through the Cathedral office.

Members

Each year the Nominating Committee considers proposed vestry members and recommends a slate of candidates. This slate is then approved by the Vestry. Elections are held each year at the Annual Meeting, where nominations are also accepted from the floor. Four positions are filled each year, for three year terms.

Vestry Officers

2016-2018 Members

Cydney Pitts

I have been a member of All Souls for 8 years. I grew up in WNC and left in my twenties to live in Washington, DC and New York state. Everywhere I went, I kept looking for the mountains, so my husband Noah and I relocated to Asheville in 2001. I have two daughters, Addie (16) and Amelia (13). Along with being a mother, I am an English teacher at Asheville Middle School. I spend most of my time striving to nurture and support my own children, while challenging my students with passion and integrity. In my free time, I like to hike, cook and read.

My husband and I were both confirmed at All Souls and both of my girls were baptized here. We have found a community at All Souls that embraces us and supports our quest to live a full life with a spiritual center. I have had the opportunity to experience many different facets of the All Souls Community. I have sung in the choir, volunteered on EYC trips, been on a discernment committee, raised money for Cuba, participated in foyer, lenten and parenting groups, and served as a chalice bearer. My girls have been acolytes, participated in the Children’s Choir, and are active members of EYC.

Kathy Rauch

I am a passionate member of All Souls Cathedral, singing in the choir and serving on the Membership Committee. I and my husband Bob feel blessed to share our spiritual journey in such a welcoming, trustworthy, and challenging church community. As President of The Satori Group, I will bring strategic planning, organizational development, fund development, and branding skills to the Vestry. I celebrate the differences that make all of us precious in God’s eyes, and relish opportunities to help energize groups around a task. 

I hold a double BA in Journalism and Political Science from Indiana University. I serve on the Membership Committee of Women for Women in Asheville, and previously served as Vice President of the Community Foundation, President of the ARTS, and President of the Twin Tiers Affiliate of Susan G. Komen in the Southern Tier of NY. Bob and I live in Fairview, are avid gardeners, and share our gorgeous mountain vistas with two high-spirited Jack Russell terriers and two rather larger equine friends.  

Monroe Moore

My husband, Lupe Perez and I have been together for 25 years and have three kids, Maria 14, Beatrice 12, and Oliver 9.  Lupe and I first visited All Souls in 1999 looking for a welcoming community, as we were planning to adopt and wanted to raise them in an Episcopal faith community.  All Souls has witnessed our three kids baptisms, Maria’s and Lupe’s confirmation, as well as Lupe and my wedding in 2007. I am an usher, on altar guild, the 1st Quarter lead for Funeral receptions, scheduler for Acolytes, have participated in two discernment committees, involved in Foyers groups, youth group trips, and various one time committees and reception events. 

My main focus is being a stay at home dad, but have a lot of other items on my plate.  Homewood and Asheville Beverages are businesses that I founded and run with an extraordinary staff.  We welcome guest into our home on a short term basis.  I enjoy painting, drawing and writing.   Lupe works with Solace and is a knitter, quilter, and crafter of many trades.

Julie Fortney

All Souls has been at the center of my life and that of my family for the past four decades. It is where I was received and welcomed into the Episcopal Church. It is where I met my husband, David, where we were married and where our two boys, Michael and Matthew were baptized. It has both anchored and nourished my spiritual journey since I arrived in Asheville to begin my tenure on the music faculty at Mars Hill University. Over the years, in addition to singing in the Choir, I have enjoyed serving on the Vestry and also on the Stewardship, Christian Education and Food Booth Planning Committees. Most recently, I have helped to prepare food for the Community Breakfast and assisted David in providing refreshments for the Sunday services.

I have a profound appreciation for the members of this faith community. It has been inspiring to worship with them each week and I have been empowered by this interaction to serve the wider community as a performing musician and music educator.

2017-2019 Members

Billie Stahmer

I have been a member of All Souls since May 12, 2013. I have lived in Asheville for 36 years, moving here from Miami with my husband of 46 years and our daughter from a previous marriage. Our daughter lives in Jacksonville, Fl, we have three grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and a great grandson on the way in April.

I have over 50 years of experience in accounting. I presently work part-time time at the Basilica of St Lawrence downtown. I have been their bookkeeper for over 7 years. I had been retired, but decided to go back to work after working 26 years as office manager and an officer of the company here in Asheville. As I had always worked in commercial accounting, the transition to non-profit was a rewarding challenge.

All Souls and all the clergy, employees, and parishioners make it such a wonderful church, which is something I’ve sought for a very long time. I am a pancreatic cancer survivor, being diagnosed in September of 2004, which changed my life completely. Through very special friends, I found All Souls an answer to my prayers and I am so grateful to be part of this community.

Caroline Fleming

I was born and raised in the Southeast. After college I moved to the West Coast where I met my husband, George. We moved back to Asheville, my birthplace, in 2003. We have two children, Nicholas and Amelia. 

We spent several years seeking an authentic spiritual home and nurturing community in Asheville, which we finally found here at All Souls. We have been happily engaged in the community of All Souls since 2011. I have been involved with the Cuban Pilgrimages over the last three years, fostering our sister relationship with Fieles a Jesus in Matanzas, Cuba. I also enjoy being a lay reader. Our daughter Amelia enjoys singing with the choir, and Nicholas loves being a part of EYC. 

I am a high school Spanish teacher here in Asheville and enjoy reading and trail running in my free time.

Joseph Cummings

My wife Sandy and I have attended All Souls since 2010. I serve as an usher and a docent. I have helped with Food Booth, attended the newcomers class, and belonged to two Foyer Groups. This has enabled me to meet many people at All Souls.

I was born in Miami and retired and moved to Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community. My wife and I owned and operated an insurance agency in Coral Gables, Florida - Such a business provides life experiences that are useful in many ways and which will extend to serving on the vestry. 

I have been active in the Episcopal Church since 1970 and served as Senior Warden and Junior Warden at various times and various parishes.

Outside of my church work I have been busy at Deerfield serving on committees and playing croquet, hiking, and helping build Habitat houses.

Bill Bryant

As a member of the Cathedral of All Souls since 1990, I have served as an usher, lay reader, member of the Cathedral Arts Commission, and volunteer with Room in the Inn. I served as Chair of the Properties Committee for the past three years, overseeing the restoration of the Roof, the replacement of the heating and air-conditioning systems and the installation of the audio/visual system for Owen Library.

My wife Janis and I recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. We are the parents of three sons, and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our first grandchild in March!

I hold degrees in Music Education from Western Carolina University and the University of Illinois.  Retiring as band director of A. C. Reynolds High School in 2012, I am now an adjunct Instructor of Music Education at Western Carolina University. I remain professionally active as a music performer, conductor, and teacher, and I play tuba with the Appalachian Brass Quintet and Brevard Symphonic Brass. 

2018-2020 Members

Charles VanHarkness

All Souls has been my church home since 2009. It is where my spouse, Marlan, and I began our married life together so it holds a special place in my heart.

During my time as part of our community, I have volunteered at Food Booth. I have also had the pleasure of serving on the Grants Committee which awarded funds raised at Food Booth. Currently, Marlan and I serve as ushers on the first Sunday of each month. I have a great deal of appreciation for the works performed by the members of our community. It is my hope that I can offer a reasoned, thoughtful perspective to the Vestry and, in turn, support our faith community.

I currently work as a media and literacy specialist for Buncombe County Schools. I have taught for a total of 19 years and hold two advanced degrees in education. My spouse, Marlan, is the director of the McDowell County Public Library System. We both enjoy being active, and Marlan is a good sport on the many adventures he discovers I have planned for us. ​

Cheryl Glenn

I grew up in Newton, North Carolina and after graduating from UNC-CH and paralegal school, I moved to South Carolina to pursue a long, challenging paralegal career. While living in Charleston, I began to attend St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and was confirmed there in March, 1992.  The words inscribed above the doorway at St. Stephen’s are “A House of Prayer for All People.” I began attending All Souls in 1999 when my husband, Britt and I began to spend summer months in Fairview. I found at All Souls that same sense of inclusiveness and welcome that drew me to St. Stephen’s and I knew I had found a second church home. I have been especially blessed by the support I have received from the All Souls clergy. When I relocated to Asheville in 2012, I moved my membership to All Souls and was eager to become more involved in the life of the parish. Participating in Foyer Groups, Food Booth, Kanuga weekend and Book Group have afforded me the opportunity to come to know many of my fellow parishioners. Presently, I am working on Food Booth, serving as a Teller and attending my first year of EFM. I feel very blessed to be a part of this very special community of faith.

Abby Moore

I grew up with a wide faith-based experience. My father was a member of the Church of Christ and my mother a devoted Methodist, both of my parents were very involved in church and deeply respected each other’s faith. This gave me the opportunity to explore all aspects of church life and when I found All Souls, I felt it was the perfect fit. I’ve been a part of All Souls for over three years in which I now volunteer as an usher at the 9:00 service and a member of the Kanuga Committee.

I graduated from NC State University and a Proud Mom of a daughter who is a member of the NC State Marching Band while attending Meredith College. We are blessed that her dad is close by in the Town of Zebulon as the Town Manager which gives us ample opportunity to watch her perform not only at the NC State football games (Go Pack), but also with the Meredith College Sinfonietta. I’m honored to be a member of the Asheville Fire Department in the Emergency Management Division. My fun time is trail running with my precious hound dog, kayaking in the warmer months and practicing the art of Yoga.​

Tim Fischer

I became a member of All Souls in 2012 after moving to Asheville from Los Angeles in 2011. I am a volunteer with Loving Food Resources, have helped out at Food Booth and worked with Room in the Inn. I am in my third year of EFM classes and, with my husband Bob, currently head up the usher program at All Souls.

For more than 15 years I managed The Cooks Library, one of the country’s premier culinary bookstores in Los Angeles. I’ve had the honor of being a judge numerous times for the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Awards as well as the prestigious James Beard Awards. I am also a trained pastry chef and have worked at some of New York and Los Angeles’ most popular restaurants.

Bob and I were married here at the Cathedral in 2015. All Souls is a community that is truly welcoming to all, constantly inspiring and challenging me to fully understand the true meaning of fellowship and duty to church.