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Meet the Staff

We are here to serve you and the entire diocese with passion and commitment.

 With a diverse range of skills and expertise, our team includes clergy members, administrative professionals, and specialized staff who work collaboratively to support our community.

The Rt. Rev. Susan B. Haynes

The Rt. Rev. Susan B. Haynes

Eleventh Bishop of Southern Virginia

The Rev. Canon Mary Thorpe

Interim Canon to the Ordinary

Contact Mary for assistance with: transitions, property issues, Letters of Agreement and Mutual Ministry Reviews, guidance during times of challenge or conflict, planning continuing education or sabbaticals, and when entering into discernment, a search process, or planning to retire.

Canon Lynn Farlin

Canon for Formation

Contact Lynn for assistance with: Christian Formation resources for clergy, staff, and congregations, stewardship resources, Diocesan Church Development Institute (DCDI), Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT), Christian Education Network (CE-Net), Repairers of the Breach committee, Creation Care Team, Safe Church programs, scholarship funds, and training and consultations for parishes.

The Rev. Canon Willis Foster

Canon for Diversity and Transformation

Contact Willis for assistance with creating programs that will facilitate an environment for hard conversations about Social Diversity and Social Justice.


Youth and Young Adult Missioner

Contact Canon for Formation Lynn Farlin for assistance with: youth ministries, campus and college ministries, young adult ministries, parish consultations, training and formation for adults who work with youth, and diocesan youth programs and events.

The Rev. Ross Wright

Director of Vocational Ministries

Contact Ross for questions about the Ordination Exploration Process, including information about how to apply for the program and resources for clergy and parish leaders who are participating in the discernment process with an applicant.

Gareth Kalfas

Missioner for Camp and Retreat Ministries

Contact Gareth regarding Chanco on the James events, including summer camp, and for scheduling and programming retreats at Chanco.

Judy Dobson

Director of Finance and Administration

Contact Judy for assistance with: parochial reports, church financial audits, investment assistance (Southern Virginia Diocesan Foundation), proof of church non-profit status, Buildings and Grounds Grants, donated stock conversion service, cafeteria plan adoption, church financial matters, and general financial information regarding the diocesan budget and finances.

Patsy Martin

Director of Communications

Contact Patsy for assistance with: Tidings email newsletter, the diocesan website, diocesan social media, communications grants, communications style guide and diocesan branding, and communications consulting and training in best practices.

Leah Sicignano

Bishop’s Executive Secretary

Contact Leah for assistance with: appointments with the Bishop, Bishop’s visitation/confirmation schedule, clergy licensing, lay ministry licensing, Annual Council planning, non-parochial reports, remarriage permissions, postulants and candidates for ordination, seminarians, and administrative support to the Executive Board and Standing Committee.

Liz Martin

Assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary

Contact Liz for assistance with: appointments with the Canon to the Ordinary, diocesan properties, clergy continuing education grants, clergy mentoring forum, clergy background checks, clergy letters of agreement, diocesan directory, clergy supply list, parishes in transition, search consultants, mutual ministry review, disciplinary board.

Susan Allen

Program and Benefits Administrator

Contact Susan for assistance with: pension, health insurance and benefits, property insurance, background checks, Annual Council planning, clergy conferences and retreats, and administrative support to the Commission on Ministry and the Ordination Exploration Process.

Shauna Daley

Administrative Assistant

Contact Shauna for assistance with: safe church training, racial healing workshops, registration for diocesan events, diocesan calendar, Certificates of Lay Delegates and Alternates, Journal Information Forms and Salary Surveys, and to check diocesan office receipt of: Ridley Scholarship applications, safe church audits (due June 30),  financial audits (due September 1), and diocesan pledges (due December 1).

Hope Leach

Finance Officer

Contact Hope for assistance with: payroll, tax filing, church pledge balance, business expense reimbursement questions, IRS mileage rate, and the workers' compensation audit form.

Ben Urquidi

Media Specialist

Ben develops and creates ways for us to share the story of God’s work in the Diocese of Southern Virginia through our website, social media, and video productions.