2017 Vestry

2017 Vestry

 
 

Our Leadership

 
 

 The Rev. Linda McConnell, Rector


Pastor Linda is passionate about Jesus, church, family, resilience, and creativity. Her divinity graduate studies at Pacific School of Religion and Church Divinity School of the Pacific taught her that academics are good and practice is even better. She practices Centering Prayer, walking with her dog, Zami, caring for her grandchildren, Alma and Winston, and eating really good food with friends. She loves the orthodox classics, St. John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, the desert fathers and mothers, as well as more modern classics, Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest, C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, and truly modern authors such as Glennon Cannon Doyle, Cynthia Bourgeault. Thomas Keating, David Lose, among others. When she is not at church, she’s probably hiking, gardening or writing.
Her sermons are on our website.  Email: revlinda@goodshepherdcorral.org

 

Tralee Johnson, Parish Administrator

Tralee Johnson is a mother to two daughters, Cora and Scarlett. She was born a raised in Thousand Oaks, CA, but came to the Central Coast by way of Columbus, Ohio. Tralee stayed at home with her young daughters and found Church of the Good Shepherd through their preschool. She began working at the church as Donor Administrator, and was very excited to take on a larger role in the church administration. She and her family have enjoyed becoming part of the wonderful community at Good Shepherd.  Email: tralee.johnson@goodshepherdcorral.org

 
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Dr. Todd Samra, Music Director

Todd is 48 and came to this area six years ago from the Midwest. A pianist himself, he taps a deep knowledge of music with a PhD from Ball State University and a Masters from the University of Missouri, both with an emphasis on choral conducting. Before coming to the Peninsula, he was a graduate instructor at Ball State. He is a lecturer with the Monterey Symphony and teaches at CSUMB.  Email: todd.samra@goodshepherdcorral.org

 
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Conchita Harris, Children's Ministry Coordinator

Conchita Harris is a military spouse and mother to 3 young children, Gabriel, Mariam, and Margaret.  While also raised in a military family, she claims Fayetteville, North Carolina as home.  She has served on the Vestry and Preschool Board of her home church, Holy Trinity, also in Fayetteville.  Prior to becoming a mother, she was an Army Medical Service Corps Officer, serving throughout the world.  She is now *just*a proud Army spouse to my husband, Scott, who is attending the language school in Monterey to become a Middle East Foreign Area Officer.  She loves being busy, and juggling the many hats of wife, mother, volunteer, and good steward of Christ.  She looks forward to expanding our children’s programming and teaching all of our young children what faith in Christ means to them.  Join us on Sundays at the 10am service, have your children follow the banner after the opening hymn! Email: conchita.harris@goodshepherdcorral.org

 

Sandy French, Preschool Director

Sandy came to Monterey in her high school years and is a graduate of Monterey High School. She attended Cabrillo College in Aptos and then attended Long Beach State. Sandy’s background was in purchasing and management. She came back to reside in the area in 1989 and began to study Early Childhood Education. Sandy started a preschool at her home and did her student teaching at the Hartnell College Child Development Center. She graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 1997. Sandy received her credential from the State of California in 1998. Since then she has become a Mentor teacher and taken the specified Administration classes to hold the Director position. She has been working in a preschool environment for 30 years and at Church of the Good Shepherd for 20  years. Email: preschool@goodshepherdcorral.org

 
 

Letty Sloma, Bookkeeper

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Letty has been employed at Good Shepherd since February 2012, originally as the Parish Administrator, and now as the church's Bookkeeper.  She left her administrator job in November 2016 to pursue her lifelong passion to be a full-time photographer!  You'll spot her on many occasions here at Good Shepherd, behind her camera, and taking photos of people and events.   She is married to Michael, an elementary school teacher in Salinas; and is a devoted mother to two daughters, Christina and Catherine.  Letty was born in the Philippines, and she spent her childhood through her junior year in high school in Guam before moving again in 1981, this time to California.   She received her B.S. in Business Administration in 1987 from San Francisco State University, and began a career in banking in Northern California right after college.  Her job in banking opened up an opportunity to move to Monterey, and eventually Salinas.  Apart from her love for photography, some of Letty's interests include reading, taking walks, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.  Letty is very grateful to still be a part of Good Shepherd's community, and the opportunities it has provided to grow her faith in and love for Christ. Email: letty.sloma@goodshepherdcorral.org

 
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Paul Lehman, Maintenance & Groundskeeper