Executive Council

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The Executive Council carries out the policies and programs adopted by the annual Diocesan Convention; oversees the financial affairs of the diocese, including clergy and staff compensation standards, contracts, leases, loans, mortgages, property conveyance, and budget preparation; receives reports from various boards, committees, agencies, and offices; and makes long-range policy and program recommendations to Diocesan Convention.

The Executive Council is composed of the bishop who serves as president of Council; the executive secretary of the diocese who serves as secretary of Council; and the diocesan treasurer who serves as the council’s treasurer; and six clergy and six lay members, who are elected to staggered terms by Diocesan Convention.

See the Constitution and Canons for a further description of the Council’s duties and membership.

In 2012 the Executive Council began building the framework for a long-range strategic planning process by forming a partnership with the Episcopal Church Foundation for designing the process.  As noted by then Canon to the Ordinary David Pfaff in his report to Council:  “. . . the time is now to undertake a significant study of the diocese — its deficits, liabilities, challenges and points of weakness, along with its assets, strengths, opportunities and considerable human resources and potential, to discern how its ministry might be most faithfully shaped for the next three to five years, what measurable outcomes might help us to stay on that task, and what kinds of resources are or will be needed for the short and long-term work of whatever it is that God is calling us to be, as the Episcopal Church in the southern third of Wisconsin.”

2013 Strategic Planning Task Force Report 

Contact Information

You can reach the Executive Council by contacting the Rev. Marge Kiss, Executive Secretary. You may also want to get in touch the following members serving as contact persons for certain areas:

Finance Committee: Clyde Bachand
Global Reconciliation Commission: Carol Smith
Commission on Mission and Development: Peggy Bean
Professional Standards: Jan Merkt

Membership

Bishop

The Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller

Treasurer

Mr. Clyde Bachand
Holy Communion, Lake Geneva

Executive secretary & recorder of minutes

The Rev. Marge Kiss
St. Thomas of Canterbury, Greendale

Standing Committee President

The Rev. Scott Leannah
St. Thomas of Canterbury, Greendale

Elected Members

Mr. Peter Larson (2021)
St. Paul's, Milwaukee

Mr. John Washbush (2021)
Trinity, Wauwatosa

The Rev. Kate Byrd (2021)
Christ Church, Whitefish

The Rev. Scott Seefeldt (2021)
Zion, Oconomowoc

Ms. Kada Bush (Kathleen) (2020)
St. Bartholomew's, Pewaukee

Mr. Ron Johnson (2020)
St. Francis, Menomonee Falls

The Rev. Joel Prather (2020)
St. Bartholomew's, Pewaukee

The Rev. Debra Trakel (2020)
Adoration Lutheran (ELCA), Greenfield

The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Grieser (2019)
Grace, Madison

The Very Rev. Andrew Hanyzewski (2019)
St. Peter's, Fort Atkinson

Ms. Kristen Wold (2019)
St. Peter's, Fort Atkinson

Ms. Jan Watter (2019)
St. Bartholomew's, Pewaukee

Staff

Ms. Peggy Bean
Canon for Congregations

Ms. Marlene Udovich
Finance Office

Commission on Ministry President

The Rev. Ian Burch
St. Mark's, Milwaukee

Trustees of Funds & Endowments Representative

Ms. Jill Heller
Holy Communion, Lake Geneva


Executive Council Minutes