2022 Chapter Slate
I was born in Ames, raised in Urbandale, My dad’s family has been in Polk County/Des Moines since the 1850’s. My Mom’s family is from Illinois for longer than that, so I guess you could say I’m an ethnic midwesterner. I was baptized at First Methodist, just up the street, and raised in the Methodist church. I am twice married, this time for 26 years (so far). Between us, Tom and I have 6 children (his, mine, and ours) 5 grandchildren, a grand-dog, and 2 grand-cats. We live about 3 minutes from St. Paul’s in our new 119-year-old house.
My first introduction to the Episcopal Church was singing here at St. Paul’s my senior year at Simpson College (1978-79) during Paul Dieka’s tenure as conductor, when I sang as a Choral Scholar. After receiving my M. Music at Northwestern, I started singing at St Matthew’s Episcopal church in Evanston, where I was received into the church by Bishop Frank Griswold.
As an adult, I have lived in Dallas, Chicago, Schaumburg, Indianapolis, Urbandale, and now back to Des Moines. I have taught music in public schools, performed at Renaissance Faires for 10 years, taught voice, sung in the Dallas Symphony Chorus for 5 years and the Chicago Symphony Chorus for 14 years (on several recordings and in 1 movie), taught private voice lessons, taught early childhood music classes for The Music Playhouse and done customer service for them, done admin work for my choir director in Indianapolis, cared for my mother for 6 years until her death from Alzheimer’s this past spring, taught voice at Simpson College for 1 year as an adjunct. I’ve just celebrated my fifth anniversary as the admin assistant to the Director of Music & Fine Arts at Plymouth Church.
Here at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, I sing in the choir, I am part of the Committee for Social Justice (formerly the Sanctuary Discernment Team), I sing with Howell’s Scholars, I’m a lector, occasionally a cantor. I’ve been privileged to be a delegate to our Annual Convention for the past two years, and an alternate delegate the year before that. Recently I co-chaired the “What it means to be a Cathedral” event in early November.
I hope to help us continue working to maintain our historical building while bringing it into the 21st Century. I hope to work to help us grow as a Cathedral, as a congregation, and a vital voice for the community.
I’m committed to serving St Paul’s as my “church home” and I’m dedicated to improving the Church in any capacity.
I believe I have a lot to offer, and from a potentially different perspective than most of the other candidates.
I spent most of my adult life in a Law Enforcement career after graduating Cum Laude from North East Missouri State University, (now Truman University). I served with distinction, in all of the rolls involved. I served as Department Spokesman, Detective, Evidence Custodian, Evidence Technician, Field Training Officer and Firearms instructor for twenty years.
I was drafted to the Board of Directors of the Iowa Police Combat League, working with the Director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy as well as numerous Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police to coordinate efforts of competitions and awarding commendations.
I worked with the Iowa Legislature drafting a new law regarding deer hunting in the state of Iowa.
More recently I started and ran a business in private investigations, “Precision Investigations”, then closed that business and now am running a successful pottery business, “Shell T Pots”, with my wife, Shelley.
I’m articulate and educated. I work well with others and communicate effectively orally and in writing. I already have several ideas, mine and those of others, which have been brought to my attention; for improving the Cathedral.
I have a lot to offer and would be very pleased to serve on the Chapter.
Stephanie is a life-long Episcopalian. She joined St. Paul's in 1995 with her family and was confirmed at the Cathedral in 1996. Prior to St. Paul's her family attended St. Timothy's and St. Andrew's where she was baptized by Father Kem. Stephanie works in Product Management at Nationwide Insurance. She earned her Bachelors of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Master in Public Administration from Drake University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. Stephanie has served on the board including most recently as President of the Iowa Chapter of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters and serves on several committees with the National Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society. She has volunteered with Mentor Iowa and the Ronald McDonald House and is a current adviser for the women of the Drake chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity.
Robert H. (Skeet) Wootten has been an Episcopalian most of his life and originally joined St. Paul’s in 1989. He has served the Cathedral as Treasurer and was Senior Warden during the term of the transition from the Parish to the Cathedral. He also served on the Diocesan Investment Committee. He is married to Laura and they have two adult children, Richard, who works for ConocoPhillips in Houston and Catherine, who is a ballerina for the Minnesota Ballet in Duluth.