MEET OUR VESTRY CANDIDATES

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Tom Dwyer
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Marsha Gadsden
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Joan Romanosky

TOM DWYER

Member Since: 1990 

Education: University of Texas Arlington – Chemistry 1978​

Occupation: Retired – Healthcare Real Estate Developer

 

Work and Leadership Experience

Managing Director Silverstone Healthcare Company 2013-2020

Founding Partner JBA Architects / Lead Healthcare Principal BOKA Powell Architects – 1997 -2013

Principal - Medical Cities Inc. 1984 – 1997

Leadership roles: Lead Developer, project manager, master facility planner, strategy, operations, administration, and technology consultant for both national and international healthcare and education clients. 

Projects include Assisted Living and Memory Care communities, major acute care hospitals, ambulatory centers, medical office facilities master planning healthcare, and education campuses.  

Board Experience

Business 

Pervarian Healthcare Company – Advisor 2020

Silverstone Healthcare Company, LLC - Founding Member 2013-2020

TEECOM, LLC - Member 2010 – 2013

JBA, LLC - Founding Member 1997-2007
 

Not-for-Profit

Kids U – Chairman

Centering Healthcare Institute - Member

UTA Nursing School – Advisory Member 

Dallas Corral – Member

 

Prior Vestry Experience

Vestry - 2005 to 2008 Episcopal Church of the Ascension

Prior Convention Delegate Experience

Delegate - 2007 Episcopal Church of the Ascension 

Leadership/ Participation in Parish Ministries & Activities

Discernment Committees (Leader in 2003 and 2008, and member in 2019)

Anti-Racism Meetings, Outreach Ministries Support, Food Pantry, Fresh Food Day, Austin Street Ministries, ECA Capital Campaigns - General Support, Sudanese Ministry, Usher, Saints and Sinners and other community events, Stultz Road Reading Partner 

 

Community Activities & Organizations (not for profit or civic)

Kids U board (others above) and Urban Land Institute

What drew you to consider Vestry leadership at this time? 

Becoming a member of the Vestry is very important during this time of uncertainty and multiple challenges. It is critical that we support our diversity, grow our spiritual and outreach ministries, and address post-pandemic participation.

 

In addition to your professional expertise, what unique gifts, talents, and experience would you bring to the Vestry? 

I have the ability to ask questions, summarize issues, and help develop support for solutions. I'm a team player; have a good understanding of ECA’s history, am patient, and am a good listener.  I have experience in strategic planning. marketing / presentations, finance, not-for-profit governance, and for-profit business structures. 

 

What do you hope for Ascension over the next 3-5 years? 

I'd love to see Ascension grow with our community in diversity, support outreach ministries, have financial stability. 

 

If selected for this role, what activities, ministries, or areas of parish life would you like to be involved in?

Vestry members are church leaders, participating in multiple ministries is important as is being available to help identify and participate in areas of most need. My interest would include supporting youth programs, outreach, and veteran ministries.  

 

How has Ascension continued to form and inspire your faith? 

Faith is very personal.  Inspiration for growing one’s faith comes from our church community, worship services, and internal and external programs.  I am grateful for being a part of the ECA family which has opened many opportunities for me to participate and grow in faith.

MARSHA GADSDEN

Member Since: 1999