Vestry Slate 2019

We have an diverse, incredible vestry slate coming in this year.
Read their bios to learn more about some of our Parish Members.

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Mary Zische

I grew up on a farm in Michigan, the oldest of eight children in a very Catholic family.  U.C Davis brought me to California and Dole Fresh Vegetables brought me to the Salinas area.  After 21 years at Dole, I was appointed to the CA Leafy Greens Research Board as its Executive Director.  I retired from the Board in 2018. I now spend a lot of time volunteering at Meals on Wheels of the Monterrey Peninsula. I am starting a program to give cooking demonstrations at the Sally Griffin Senior Center in Pacific Grove.

My husband Jeff and I joined Good Shepherd when our son Kevin attended the COGS preschool.  This will be my second time on the vestry.

I love my “church family” and want to continue to support our multi-generational worship community.  The parish has been in good hands with Pastor Linda and with our vestry members, both past and present.  I hope to help build on their accomplishments as we all continue our spiritual journey to know Christ.


John Daniel

John Daniel, a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, was a part of his family's Methodist Church as a child. Attracted to the dynamic and robust youth ministry at a local Southern Baptist Church, John became active in the ministry, participating in several summer mission trips out of state that organized Bible camps in rural communities.

John affirmed his faith as a Christian and was baptized in the church at the age of 15.

He later joined non-denominational Christian clubs in the schools of his undergraduate and graduate studies. John moved to Monterey to complete Arabic language training at the Defense Language Institute. While serving in the military, John co-directed several youth theatre productions at the Sanctuary Bible Church in Carmel Valley.

John's partner of 20 years, Larry Nordwick, brother of Brian Nordwick, El Camino Real's Canon to the Ordinary for Finance and Administration, acquainted him with the Lutheran Church. Upon their move to Corral de Tierra in April of 2018, John began attending the Church of the Good Shepherd upon the recommendation of his brother Brian and Bishop Mary, a trustee of the York School where John teaches. John has found a home at Good Shepherd, where he attends the Outreach Committee meetings and has served eight months as a tutor to a student at the San Pablo Church in Seaside.

He hopes that his background and skills in pedagogy and administration will benefit this church.

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Lee Blankenship

Lee Blankenship has been a parishioner and regular communicant at Good Shepherd since the mid-1980’s.  I married Susie Paoli at Good Shepherd in 2009 and moved to Fresno in 2011 after retiring as an attorney from the County of Monterey. Susie and I moved back to Salinas in 2017 and now reside in Las Palmas Ranch 1.

Over the years, I have served the parish on the vestry, on a rector search committee, on the worship commission, on the worship planning team during the interim between rectors, and as a diocesan delegate.  I have been a licensed lay reader and hav served as Eucharistic minister, lector, and intercessor. I made and worked a cursillo and have participated in parish men’s retreats. I was the Diocesan Happening Coordinator for four years and served on the Happening National Committee as a member and later as Secretary.

I would be honored to join visionary vestry leaders who are dedicated to knowing Christ and making Christ known through the life of our parish community -- whether at worship or at play or through the preschool or as part of our outreach ministries.