Board of Overseers

The Right Rev. Marc H. Andrus

The Right Rev. Marc H. Andrus

Bp. Andrus was born on October 20, 1956, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to Mary Frances and Francis Andrus and was raised in Kingston, Tennessee. He received his Bachelor of Science in Plant Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1979 and a master's degree in social sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg in 1982. After receiving his master's degree, Andrus went to work as a regional planner for the Accomack-Northhampton Planning District Commission on Virginia's Delmarva Peninsula.

In 1987, Bp. Andrus was awarded a Master of Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. After being ordained deacon on June 20, 1987, he became the senior associate at the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr and was ordained priest on April 25, 1988.

In 1990, Bp. Andrus became the chaplain at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, until 1997 when he became rector of Emmanuel Church in Middleburg, Virginia. He remained there until his consecration as bishop suffragan for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama on February 7, 2002.

Bp. Andrus is married to Dr. Sheila Andrus, the former Acting Director of the Sparkman Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Public Health. They have two daughters, Chloe and Pilar. They are devoted owners of two rescue dogs.

 

 

The Rev. Michael T. Hiller

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The Rev. Amanda R. May
Amanda is Co-vicar of the Holy Spirit Churches in East Contra Costa County (St. Albans, St. George's, St. Michael's and St. John's). She is a graduate of Stanford University and the London School of Economics. She began her career as a cattle rancher in Missouri. Studying at night to obtain her CPA, she moved to San Diego where she worked as an accountant and then started her own tax and financial planning service. Her work as a Sunday School teacher led her to religious studies at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
Amanda was ordained to the priesthood in 1993 and returned to San Diego where she served a number of years as the director of Episcopal Community Services, one of the largest faith-based charities in the area. Following this assignment, she returned to the Bay Area where she trained as an interim rector. Her most recent assignments were as interim rector for Christ Church in Sausalito and St. Peter's in Redwood City. 

 

 

 

 

Jan Robitscher

Jan holds degrees from DePauw University (music), the University of Notre Dame (liturgy), and Nashotah House (Master of Dvinity). She has taught at the School for Deacons since 1991 in the areas of Prayer Book and Hymnal studies, preaching, and social ministry. She is a member of St. Mark's, Berkeley, where she sings in the choir. As part of her ministry at St. Mark's, Jan has led worship services at Berkeley Pines Convalescent Home for many years. 
 
Jan joined the EMCH Board in in 1996 and served as president for five years. She lives in Berkeley with her service dog, a Labrardor Retriever named Lorelle. Jan and Lorelle make regular visits to hospitals, convalescent homes and schools. 

 

 

 

Karen Tomcala

Karen is pleased to join the EMCH board as an opportunity to apply her executive management skills and previous non-profit experience to a mission of both personal and community significance. A lawyer by training, Karen specialized in energy policy and regulation. She practiced at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., representing the National Independent Energy Producers and developers of electricity projects domestically and abroad. She then joined the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, serving as Chief of Staff to then-Chairman James Hoecker. Her most recent professional employment was as Vice President of Regulatory Relations for Pacific Gas & Electric Company, a position that pleasantly relocated her to the Bay Area. Karen has served on a number of non-profit boards, including Pets Unlimited in San Francisco and Spectrum LGBT Center in Marin. Karen received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan and her B.A., majoring in Public Administration and minoring in Business Administration, from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Karen shares her home in the West Portal neighborhood with three dogs and two budgies. She has a daughter, a son, and three cherished grandchildren. She is a member of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in San Franisco.

 

 

Robin Wiley

I am a long-time member at Holy Cross in Castro Valley, where I have served as a vestry member, Sunday school teacher, choir member and even preached on the Feast of St. Francis with a snake in hand!

 Yes, I am a woman of many interests! Mostly I care about those who need care and those who are the caregivers. I took care of both my mother when she developed dementia and my father as he lived with MS. I hope to use that experience to help others who find themselves in the caregiving role. 

I have a background in Special Education. I also facilitate the Care Givers Support group at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, and I am an Autism Specialist in private practice. These experiences have served me well, as I am also the mother of a 28 year old son with special needs. 

I care about all, but mostly about the disenfranchised.  I am very dedicated to help communicate with those that need others to reach out and touch their lives, bringing warmth, understanding, and love.