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The vestry is a group of parish members who oversee the church and its operations. The vestry assists the rector (pastor) in defining the mission and direction of the church.

The vestry also promotes  and maintains the church and is responsible for church finances. The vestry is elected annually by church members.

Vestry meets monthly on the third Sunday at noon at church.  All are welcome to attend.

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Lorain Beckman

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Lorain has been a Florida resident since 1989, and a member of St. Hilary’s for twenty years.  She has been singing in the Choir for fifteen years.  She has a financial background; until she retired, she worked as a financial counselor at Suncoast Federal Credit Union.  Currently, she acts as the treasurer of the Plantation Pines Home Owners Association, and has done so for the last six years

Lorain Beckman

Linda Dillon

Linda Dillon has been an Episcopalian for twenty-nine years.  She was the head of a social committee here at St. Hilary’s that sponsored three art shows and numerous lunches and dinners.  Outside of church, she works as a poll worker on Election days, volunteers at the Lehigh Senior Center and is a board member of her homeowner’s association.  She has put a lot of thought and prayer into running for a position on the Vestry.  She feels that “St. Hilary’s is moving into a great and exciting period of change.  I would like to be involved with guiding those changes.”


Linda Dillon

Betsy Lunsford

Betsey Lunsford was born and raised in Tavernier, Florida at mile marker 89 on Plantation Key.  She attended Sheridan Vocational Center and Broward Community College majoring in Medical Laboratory Technology and worked twelve years as a MT at Mariner’s Hospital.  She became a confirmed Episcopalian in the early 90’s at St. James the Fisherman in Islamorada, Florida.  While at St. Hilary’s, she’s developed nursery protocol, was a Sunday School superintendent and teacher, was a Children’s Church and VBS teacher and director, and has participated in adult studies as well as various committees for Youth & Families.  As a member of the vestry, she hopes to promote communication and growth of all ages, while contributing to the work of both short– and long-term planning for our parish.  Particular interests are youth & families and blending all ages in multi-generational activities.


Betsy Lunsford

Dorothy Marshall, Senior Warden

An Episcopalian for forty years, Dorothy Marshall honors her faith through her service at St. Hilary’s.  She is a member of the Daughters of the King, the Altar Guild and the E.C.W., and is also an acolyte and a verger.  She schedules the liturgy participants every month, helps credit member’s pledges and donations, and produces financial reports as needed.  She is also St. Hilary’s Safeguarding trainer.  She has been an appointee to Vestry by four different priests.  Outside the church, she is involved in Friends of the Library, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the FSW Foundation.  Dorothy is running for Vestry because she would like to assume “a leadership role.”



Dorothy Marshall

Karin Winter

Karin Winter is a commercial interior designer at Winter Interiors, Inc.  She has been an Episcopalian for forty-eight years.  She has been a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, and she was a board member of the Harlem Heights Foundation.  At St. Hilary’s, she’s been a VBS director and volunteer, a Sunday School teacher, a Youth group volunteer and leader as well as the Youth & Families Committee coordinator.  She has also been the Building Committee President, a past Vestry member, and the Search Committee co-Chair.  As a Vestry member, she hopes to promote the growth of St. Hilary’s.




Karin Winter

Penny Ranson

Penny is a life-long Episcopalian who was born in Akron, Ohio.  She earned a BA degree at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio.  She holds a Masters’ degree in Spanish, a Master’s degree in French and a Doctorate in Modern Languages from Middlebury College in Middlebury Vermont.

Since becoming a member of St. Hilary’s in 2007, she has co-chaired the 50th Anniversary Celebration.  She co-founded Stephen Ministry and took the Stephen Leadership Training Course in Orlando to became a Stephen Leader; she now teaches the 50 hour training course to those who wish to become Stephen Ministers.  She is a verger and recently completed the course to become a Fellow of the Vergers’ Guild of the Episcopal Church.  She also serves as a Lay Reader, Chalice Bearer and Eucharistic Visitor. She would like to join the Vestry in order to be able to take a more active leadership role at St. Hilary’s.  



Linda Dillon

Elizabeth (“Libby”) Maxwell

Elizabeth (“Libby”) Maxwell has been a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church.  She has been a member of St. Hilary’s since 2005 when she and her husband Ross began living in Fort Myers each year from October to May.  Libby believes that stewardship is central to her faith and tries to live out that faith by sharing her time, talent and treasure in gratitude for all the blessings that God has given her.  Libby is a member of St. Hilary’s Choir, serves as a Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor, and is also a Stephen Minister.  She has participated in rummage sales, the thrift shop, and the shrimp boil.  She served on the Search Committee when Father Charles was called to St. Hilary’s.  At her church in Michigan she serves as a Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor and is currently on the Search Committee to call the next rector of their church. Libby believes that her spiritual journey is greatly enhanced by participating in her various ministries.  She would like to use the gifts God has given her in further service to St. Hilary’s.  She believes that her education and training in Human Resource Development and strong work experience in finance, strategic planning and leadership are gifts she would like to share as a team member of the Vestry.


Betsy Lunsford Rector

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Bonnie Brown

As a native Michigander, Bonnie Brown grew up Lutheran, but became an Episcopalian in 2001. She has lived throughout the United States, spending a lot of time in the southeastern states. The blue skies and warm weather became very appealing after spending several cold winters in Michigan. After working for over thirty-five years, she retired in 2005. Most of my career was spent in Human Resources, with jobs as a Corporate Trainer, Instructional Designer, and Administrator. At the end of her career, she worked for BellSouth (now AT&T) in Atlanta, GA as an Administrator.  She enjoys retirement, but is looking for personal growth opportunities that allow her to make a contribution, as well as meet new people and make friends. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the vestry.


Lorain Beckman

Ron Danielson, Junior Warden

For thirty years, starting in 1969, Ron was a Special Agent with the FBI.  After retiring, he became the Manager of Corporate Security for International Paper Company until his retirement in May 2010.

Ron has been an Episcopalian for forty-three years, and has been on the Vestry, acted as Junior Warden and served as a Sunday school teacher. He was also an Ordained Elder and Deacon in the Presbyterian Church.

Lorain Beckman

Carol Gault

Carol was baptized in the Methodist Episcopal Church of Floral Park, NY. She graduated with a BS and RN from the Alfred University School of Nursing and has worked in all types of nursing, including hospital, home and industrial.

She worked as secretary of the Commack Methodist Church on Long Island, NY and also served as chairperson of its Council on Ministries.

Carol was employed as Production Manager of the Department of Publication Services of the National Council of Churches, having responsibility for the publication and distribution of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible in 1989, as well as a wide variety of publications.

In Fort Myers she joined the Symphony Society and held a number of leadership positions. In 2008 she was employed as the Special Projects Manager for the Southwest Florida Symphony and also sang in the Symphony Chorus.

Carol is married to a United Methodist Pastor.  They have six children scattered throughout the world as well as seventeen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.  She came to Saint Hilary’s in 1997 and has been a member of the choir ever since.  She was confirmed as an Episcopalian in 2000. She is also a member of the Episcopal Church Women and active in the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

Carol Gault

Jo Lane

Jo Lane has been an Episcopalian for fifteen years.  She is a retired college professor.  Her civic involvements include working in the Guardian ad Litem program and the Democratic Party, as well as many donations to other charitable organizations. At St. Hilary’s, she is a Eucharistic Minister, a Eucharistic Visitor and a member of both the Altar Guild and ECW. “Church governance is important – all of us should be willing to participate”, she says.  She looks forward to participating in decisions affecting the church and providing service to St. Hilary’s.

Carol Gault

Sybil Edgar

Born in New York City, Sybil Edgar is a life-long Episcopalian.  She does her civic duty by being a worker for Lee County election polls.  Sybil’s volunteer activities outside St. Hilary’s include lifetime Board Member of Community Cooperative, and an active role at the American Cancer Society. Not only does she volunteer at Relay for Life, but also Making Strides, the Volunteer Leadership Board, and is a Reach to Recovery trainer/facilitator. She is also a volunteer at United Way. In addition to being a Cursillista, Sybil is a member of Altar Guild; a Stephen Minister; the Coordinator of the ushers and greeters for the 8:00 AM service; a Chalice Bearer; a Lay Eucharistic Visitor; Daughters of the King President; a Sunday School volunteer; a Verger; an office volunteer and St. Hilary’s wedding coordinator, in addition to being one of the lead organizers of St. Hilary’s Thanksgiving celebration. She is also a past vestry member.


“The vestry is very important to the operation of the church”, says Sybil, “being a member is an honor and an opportunity to serve in a meaningful way.”



Betsy Lunsford