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Transition Committee

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The Rev. Jessica Babcock, who is serving as the chair of the transition committee, is rector of St. Mark’s, Marco Island. She brings to this work her passion for serving others through ministry and a wealth of knowledge in regard to communications and technology. She is excited about leading the transition committee and working to provide opportunities for the diocese to meet the slate of candidates as we move forward in the process towards the electing convention.

Erika Cannon is a communicant of St. John's and a clergy spouse (Fr. Michael, associate at St. John's). She is also parish administrator at St. Mary's Tampa. She participates in the Contemporary Women's Bible Study and helps with youth events when needed, and is vice president of the Diocese's Clergy Spouse Association. In addition, Erika is a student in the School of Letters, University of the South, Sewanee, Tn. She is working on a master's degree in creative writing, and has just finished the first draft of a novel. She also writes theological reflections, a technique she learn in EfM. You can read them at erikajcannon.com

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Donna M. Davis

I am married to my husband Carl and we have two adult sons and two grandchildren. I am a retired nurse, but still volunteer as a nurse for our local Clearwater Free Clinic. In our community I am a member of the GFWC Clearwater Community Women’s Club and a member of League of Women Voters.

At Good Samaritan, Clearwater, I serve as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and a Lector.  I am active in Good Samaritan’s Episcopal Church Women, outreach program and worship committee.   I serve on the executive board of the justice ministry, called FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together).  FAST is an interfaith, diverse social justice ministry consisting of 43 congregations located throughout Pinellas County. 

In our diocese I have been honored to serve on the Diocesan Committee of Congregational Development, Commission on Ministry and liaison to the Counsel on Deacons.

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A lifelong Episcopalian, Melissa Rau is a member of St. Mark's Venice where she and her family moved in early 2021 since her husband, Mike, accepted the call as Rector. For over ten years, Melissa has served the church as a consultant, specializing in church-wide strategic planning and formation development. She served as Sr. Program Director for Leadership, Partnerships & New Initiatives at Episcopal Church Foundation and later joined the staff as Chief of Staff at Bexley Seabury Seminary. She serves St. Mark's as Director of Formation and Engagement.

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Rev. Joe Hudson

I grew up in Boulder Colorado. After four years in the Marine Corps I returned to Colorado for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I married, and Desiree and I raised a family of three children. I served as an ordained Wesleyan minister for 16 years in Wyoming, Montana, and Missouri. During two years of clinical pastoral education I joined The Episcopal Church and began the process towards ordination. My wife and I moved to Venice Florida where I served six years as a hospice chaplain. I am now rector of Good Shepherd in Venice. My wife and I currently have five grandchildren.

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Leila Mizer

I am presently the Senior Warden at St.  James House of Prayer Episcopal Church in Tampa. I serve as a lector, email communications person, camera operator and stewardship chairperson at my local church. I am a member of The Order of the Daughters of the King, was president of the local chapter of the Daughters of the King for twelve years, Diocesan President of the Daughters of the King from 2010-2015.  Presently serving as the historian for the Diocesan DOK. I Served as ECW Diocesan president-elect for three years and president for three years. I am the treasurer for our local ECW chapter.  I am presently a member of the Diocesan Race & Reconciliation Committee. I am a member of the Union of Black Episcopalians and serve as the secretary for the Rev. John E. Culmer Chapter of the U.B.E. in the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

 

Retired as a public-school administrator in Pasco County, FL.  Served as Principal of R.B.Cox Elementary School for fifteen years and Supervisor in Exceptional Student Education for two years.  I earned an ED Specialist degree in Administration from Wichita State University as well as a master’s degree in School Psychology from WSU.  My undergraduate degree in education is from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas.

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Liwliwa (Liw) Reyes Villagomeza, a registered nurse for many years and a professor of nursing since 2010 is married to Father Christian who retired in 2018 after serving St. Chad’s Episcopal Church (Tampa) since 2001. She ministered to the youth of the church as the Youth Coordinator and as a Sunday School Teacher. Currently, her involvement is her presence in the various parishes where Christian serves as a supply priest – St. Elizabeth (Zephyrhills); Grace Church (Tampa); St. Paul’s (Wesley Chapel); St. Catherine’s (Temple Terrace); St. Clement’s (Tampa); St. Mark’s (Tampa); and St. Alban’s (St. Pete Beach), to name a few.

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