The Galilee Board is a volunteer body of people from across the Diocese of Nevada who are committed to helping Galilee thrive. Bringing together varied perspectives and talents, they offer guidance and support to the unfolding of Galilee’s mission in service of the Church and the world. Our Board members love Galilee – ask them why! Friends of Galilee can also help shape the Board by running or voting at the Diocesan Convention. See below for Board member bios and photos.
|The Rev. Dr. Catherine Gregg, Canon for Congregational Vitality||Chair|
|Beth Osborne, St. Catherine of Siena, Reno||President|
|Dennis Cocking, St. John’s, Glenbrook||Vice President|
|The Rev. Sarah Syer, St. Patrick’s, Incline Village||Secretary|
|Phil Ritger, St. Peter’s, Carson City||Treasurer|
|Patricia Holbrook-Seay, Grace in the Desert, Las Vegas||Trustee|
|Paul Taggart, St. Peter’s, Carson City||Trustee|
|Scott Luttenegger, Epiphany Episcopal Church, Henderson||Trustee|
|The Rev. Rose Mary Joe-Kinale, St. Paul’s, Virginia City||Trustee|
|The Rev. Rick O’Brien, Epiphany Episcopal Church, Henderson||Trustee|
|Agatha Ramirez, Todos Santos, All Saints, Las Vegas||Trustee|
Patricia A Holbrook-Seay is the official hugger for newcomers at Grace in the Desert, Las Vegas. She is a transplant from Chicago 25 years ago and is still warming up! She is a retired banker and childcare giver. She is presently serving her first term on the Galilee Board as the Treasurer.
Beth Osborne has volunteered in her children’s schools and led children’s and youth programs in Episcopal churches across the country. Her family joined St. Catherine’s parish shortly after moving to Reno in 2007, and Beth was recruited to the Galilee Program Committee. She is finishing up a second term on Galilee’s board, while serving as Program Director for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northern Nevada. With their children now on their own, Beth and her husband Chris reside in South Reno.
Scott Luttenegger is a member of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Las Vegas, where he has served on the Vestry, and as Jr. Warden. He is a Physical Therapist working at a major hospital in Henderson, having moved his family from Seattle in 2012. His son has enjoyed several summer sessions at Camp Galilee, and Scott feels a deep appreciation to the camp for its mission in providing a spiritual awakening in a truly spectacular setting.
Dennis Cocking represents St. John’s in the Wilderness on the Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Kathy, have been members of the parish since 1985. Their three grown children attended camp and Kathy served as camp nurse. Dennis is semi-retired and lives in Gardnerville, NV after a career as the Manager of Public and Legislative Affairs for the South Tahoe Public Utility District. Dennis is currently Board Vice-President and serves on the Facilities and Personnel committees.
Agatha Ramirez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and from there moved to Las Vegas in 2001. She is a parishioner at All Saints/Todos los Santos Episcopal Church, Las Vegas where she serves in the Vestry, the Altar Guild, the Stewardship Committee, as L.E.M., and is the Music Associate, co-directing the Spanish choirs with her husband Rodolfo.
She fell in love with Galilee during her first family camp session in 2014 and so it is a great pleasure for her to serve on the Galilee board. Currently she is studying to become a Dental Assistant, and she also serves on the Nevadans for the Common Good (NCG) coalition board, which is an institution of 48 institutions of religious and non-profits advocating for the common good of Nevadans.
The Very Reverend Rick O’Brien is Priest in Charge of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Las Vegas and is thrilled to be part of this energizing and growing parish. He has served two other parishes in the Las Vegas valley, so he is well acquainted with the blessings and challenges of the area. He also serves as Dean of the Southwest Mission District for the Diocese of Nevada.
Rick was ordained to the Priesthood in the Diocese of Nevada and holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts and Boston University. Rick and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents of three wonderful sons.
Paul Taggart has practiced law for twenty years and focuses on water, land use and redevelopment law in Carson City. His firm’s practice includes water resource development, wetlands preservation, related municipal water issues, environmental regulation, water resource and wastewater planning. Clients include regional
water providers, municipalities, mining companies, ranchers, ski resorts and others requiring water rights
consultation and legal advice.
Sarah Syer is the rector at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline Village. Although she is new to Tahoe, Sarah already greatly enjoys all of the activities lake life has to offer, from skiing to hiking to kayaking. She has a strong background in youth ministry from formally serving parishes in Western Massachusetts, and is looking forward to putting such skills to use at Camp Galilee. Sarah also received her call to the ordained ministry at a diocesan summer camp in Alabama, so knows full well how transformative the camp experience can be. Her education includes degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Yale Divinity School.
Rose Mary Joe-Kinale I feel a deep commitment to all the projects that I am involved with. I now have more experience and am a dedicated woman to all the committee causes. I am deeply committed to follow the 5 Marks of Mission, and feel a strong bond to the present Galilee Board. As a Native American woman, a mother and a grand-mother I believe that it is women who carry a major responsibility in their individual lives of their families and church. We are responsible for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, home, and church participation. As a Priest, it is my duty to be involved and spread God’s message to all I meet and not be judgmental or prejudicial, and serve our Creator with love. I would like to continue my involvement with all the groups I am involved with.