Our Staff

Susanna Valleau, Music Director

150430_rectorSusanna Valleau began studying the piano at age 7 and, from the beginning, couldn’t resist sitting down to play every time she saw one. A few years later, the church organist told her she should take organ lessons because she was tall enough to reach the pedals, but she wasn’t interested — at least not then. Fast forward to age 17 when she first heard Widor’s famous Toccata and was completely enthralled. This time the organ seemed to offer such limitless possibilities that she began taking lessons with Barbara Bruns, an internationally respected recitalist, accompanist, and conductor.

Susanna went on to earn her Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance at Lawrence University with Kathrine Handford in 2010, and her Masters of Music at the University of Washington with Carole Terry in 2012.

For more information about Susanna or to view her upcoming performance schedule, please visit http://susannavalleau.com/

To contact Susanna, please email music@sdchp.org.

The Rev. Catharine Reid, Priest Associate

160204_ministriesThe Rev. Catharine Reid grew up outside Philadelphia, PA. She attended Smith College in Massachusetts, and earned an MSLS degree from Villanova University. She then moved to England where she was a member for two years of the Lee Abbey community, a lay Christian community which runs a holiday and conference centre on the north coast of Devon. From there she went on to study at Trinity Theological College in Bristol, England and earned her MDiv degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York City.

Following seminary, for six years she was a member of the Order of St. Helena, an Episcopal religious community for women. It was as a member of the order that she first came to live in Seattle.

A longtime member of St. Paul’s, Seattle, she was sponsored by them for ordination and was ordained to the priesthood in October 2011. She initially served as associate at St. Clement’s, Seattle, and then for three years as an associate at St. Luke’s, Renton. In 2014, in addition to serving at St. Luke’s, she took on the role of Associate for the 5:00PM liturgy at St. Paul’s, and in early 2015 became their Priest-in-Charge until the arrival of their new rector at the end of September.

In addition to her work over the years, she has volunteered at Virginia Mason Hospital, Chicken Soup Brigade, and in the Diocese of Olympia archives. She currently sings with the Seattle Bach Choir, gardens, rows with Conibear Rowing Club, and works on her 1906 house. Her five year old Westie, Brodie, is a constant companion.

Br. John Ryan, Pastoral Associate

John is a life professed friar in the Order of St. Francis, Seattle. He is schooled in Franciscan Spirituality, holding a degree in Philosophy, with an additional three years of theological study. He is a Certified Body, Mind and Spirit Healing Specialist, through “The Center for Ministry Transitions”, Wildwood, Missouri. A practitioner of Therapeutic Touch, Puget Sound and an active member of the American Academy of Bereavement. He served in the Diocese of Olympia as a hospital chaplain for twenty years, through the Providence and Swedish Healthcare systems, and is a member of Assembly of Episcopal Healthcare and Chaplains. He is a licensed Worship Leader in the Diocese of Olympia, serves in liturgical functions, and preaches, at the discretion of the Rector of St. Dunstan’s. John is available for spiritual counseling, and also serves in the meals for the hungry ministry of St. Dunstan’s parish, as well as serving in Healing Prayer ministry.

To contact Br. John, please email him at rjhbro@mac.com.

Barb Levy, Parish Administrator

levy_BarbaraBarb lives a few minutes from St. Dunstan’s with her long-time companion and their two cats. She loves her commute, and often cycles along the Interurban Trail. A graphic artist and webmaster by trade, Barb enjoys working on print and electronic publications at St. Dunstan’s such as bulletins, the weekly Highlights, brochures, banners, and our website. Her administrative tasks also include supporting Fr. David’s work, facility rentals, answering the phones, greeting folks who come to our doorstep, taking care membership records, keeping track of the parish calendar, and bookkeeping (donations and bills, payroll, creating financial reports). She is a long-time member of St. Paul’s on lower Queen Anne where she was baptized in 1992 and continues to serves as thurifer.

To contact Barb, please call (206) 363-4319 during office hours or email office@sdchp.org.

Mary E. Pacher, Christian Education Director

Mary E. Pacher was born and raised in Seattle.  She attended Seattle University, where she received her degree in teaching, and later on received her graduate degree from the University of Washington.  Mary has taught school in both the Shoreline and Edmonds School Districts.

Mary and her husband have four grown children and four grandchildren. She has been an active member of St. Dunstan’s for many years, having taught Sunday School and children’s music, sung in the choir, been a vestry member and served as Sr. Warden.

The children of St. Dunstan’s have always been close to Mary’s heart, and she enjoys being a part of their Christian Education and helping them to grow in their love of God. Every child is a gift from the Father, and she believes that we at St. Dunstan’s have the glorious opportunity to make a difference in each one of their lives.

To contact Mary Pacher please email her at cmpacher7@comcast.net.