Kelly Conway has been a member of St. Luke’s since 1995 when Father Breuer married him and his wife Lynne. Two of his children, Allyson (23) and Heather (19) were baptized at St. Luke’s. Kelly’s eldest daughter lives in Marin County. Kelly has lived in the West San Jose/Los Gatos community since 1988.
Kelly’s professional background includes working in sales and marketing for well-known companies in the music, retailing and gaming businesses. He is the Founder and General Manager of Strike Marketing, a full-service marketing and advertising firm established in Los Gatos in 2004.
Kelly has been a member of St. Luke’s Vestry previously. During his first term, he participated with the Rector and Vestry to raise the funds to reroof the church and help manage the church through some challenging financial times. During his second term, he was involved in managing the church though the retirement of Father Breuer, the interim Rector’s term and the selection of Father Ricardo as the new and current Rector.
Kelly believes it is important to maintain and improve the church property to ensure it remains an iconic building in downtown Los Gatos. He knows that St. Luke’s can be a vital member of the Los Gatos community and contribute to its wellness; spiritually, emotionally and materially. He believes that it is the responsibility of the Vestry to ensure that the Rector is supported to accomplish his duties and goals and that St. Luke’s is well positioned to grow its contribution to the community, its members and the Episcopal church at large.
I grew up here in Los Gatos. I was baptized and confirmed at St. Andrew’s, Saratoga. My husband, John, and I were married in 1980 and have three amazing children. As the children grew, we began to look for a church that we felt we “belonged” to. When we came to St. Luke’s two years ago and listened to the sermons by Father Ricardo, we knew we had found a home. Becoming part of the vestry is an honor and I hope to be able to give back to such a friendly and supportive parish.
In my professional life, I am an orthopedic physical therapist. I work full-time at a small practice in Cupertino. In addition to my work as a PT, I teach Pilates. I am an avid exerciser—you may see me running the streets of Los Gatos. You’ll recognize me as the lady with at least two border collies.
Toni and her husband, Quentin Heim, moved to Saratoga in 2008. She joined St. Luke’s in 2016 and has served the parish as an acolyte, liturgical assistant, former vestry member, altar guild participant and member of the stewardship committee and other church teams. After earning an M.A. in international affairs, she began her career as a trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce and spent 5 years in Asia working in the medical technology industry. She and her husband have a consulting firm specializing in international business and communications.
I grew up in a small town in rural Michigan, and was raised attending church services three times weekly. (Yes, you read that correctly.) At age nineteen I married Mark (Yes, you read that correctly, too!), and we have now been married 33 years. Days after I received a BA in Advertising Design from the University of Maryland, we moved to Paris, and our nomadic life began. With Mark’s work, we moved back and forth across the Atlantic six times never thinking to go west of the Mississippi. During this time, I worked as a graphic designer in various locales (mainly in Windsor, England and Washington, DC). But in January 2010, we landed in beautiful Los Gatos, California with our then eight-year-old twins Olivia and Walker in tow. By this time, I was fortunate enough to have my dream job of staying home to raise them. They are now twenty years old and attending college on the East Coast; I couldn’t be prouder of them both. Within weeks of arriving in Los Gatos, we found St. Luke’s and have attended ever since. St. Luke’s holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. We have met cherished friends here and I thoroughly appreciate the special combination of a traditional liturgy in a beautiful space fused with the open-mindedness of St. Luke’s parishioners. I feel very grateful to call St. Luke’s our church home.
Originally from a small farm town in Kansas, I moved to the Bay Area in 1981 to attend graduate school, and it’s been my home ever since.
I’ve been working at the intersection of architecture, engineering, construction, education, and technology for over 40 years now. And these interests have led me to many fantastic work experiences here for technology giants – Xerox, Apple, and Autodesk – as well as inspiring me to start up several smaller firms. Currently, my daily focus is on two roles: as an educator at Stanford University, where I develop and lead courses on building information modeling, parametric design optimization, and sustainable design principles; and as a residential designer at Bearington Studios— a small design firm that gives me an opportunity to practice what I teach.
I completed my BS in Civil Engineering at MIT, where I focused on architecture, structural engineering, and the synergies between the two fields. Then, I completed my MS in Civil Engineering at Stanford University, where I’ve continued to teach and focus on innovation in the way we inspire the engineers and designers of tomorrow.
I publish quite a bit of educational content online through Autodesk, my own educational website, and a YouTube channel with over 13,000 subscribers and 2.5 million views. It’s incredibly fulfilling to receive messages from students around the world who report how having access to these materials empowers them to pursue new opportunities to improve their lives.
I was first invited to St. Luke’s to help out with the project of improving and reimagining the Parish Hall, and I had the pleasure of meeting with many of you through the presentations on that design. But, as I started attending our Sunday morning services, I found something very special – an incredibly engaging community of spirituality, caring, and love that I wanted to be a part of and to cherish as a guiding light in my life.
In 1997 I married Ken and moved to Los Gatos from New Jersey with my youngest daughter. My four older children soon followed and today my children and their families (with the exception of my middle son who lives in Gettysburg, PA) live in California. I am very proud of my children and my 11 grandchildren. My career was in health care policy working at hospitals, at a Medi-Cal health plan and ultimately in the Brown Administration implementing parts of Obamacare. In Los Gatos, I served on the General Plan Commission and the Planning Commission, and I am a very active participant in the Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship program for low-income, first-generation college-bound students. I have been part of a small private Mass Group since I arrived in Los Gatos. I was drawn to St. Luke’s by the familiar ritual, the cozy feeling of the 5:00 p.m. Mass, and the kindness of the people here. During the pandemic I have enjoyed Morning Prayer, particularly the discussions of history and rituals between Fr. Ricardo and William Bonnell. I have found that Fr. Bill Stafford’s history lessons bring a fresh perspective to ancient events. Currently, I serve as both a lector and usher, and as an intermittent volunteer for the Food Pantry.
I came to the USA at the end of 1998 to join a start-up company in Scotts Valley, commuting from our home in Bristol, England. When the company was acquired by Apple in 2002 we decided to sell our UK home and we bought a house in Ben Lomond. We picked Ben Lomond because we liked St Andrew’s church! I retired from Apple in August 2018 and we moved into the Saratoga Retirement Community in September 2018. We started worshipping at St Luke’s shortly after, and are very much enjoying being members of this very warm and welcoming parish.
My career in computing and engineering includes 10 years as a university lecturer, 20 years in the semiconductor industry, and 20 years in the computer industry. The last 35 years or so of my career have focused on international standards, involving much traveling.
After moving to Ben Lomond, I took on a succession of organists’ posts, at St Andrew’s Ben Lomond, St John’s Capitola (now St John’s Aptos) and finally Messiah Lutheran Church in Santa Cruz. I have very much enjoyed substituting for Nicholas when needed.
My husband and I moved to Los Gatos with our 10-month-old son in 1971. We joined St. Luke’s in 1973 (I think) shortly after our daughter was born. In my early years here, I was in charge of the Sunday School for about 10–12 years. Since then, I have served on the Altar Guild as an usher, a Delegate to convention and 2 or 3 turns on the Vestry. In addition to being my “other family,” St. Luke’s has provided me with a place of comfort and renewal where I can receive the strength and encouragement to do all the things I want to do.
In my “other life” I am a volunteer for Child Advocates (the local CASA group), having retired as a staff member there in 2010 after about 20 years. I also serve on the county’s Child Abuse Prevention Council and am currently the Board chair for Dependency Advocacy Center – the non-profit legal group representing parents and some children in the Dependency Court (for families where abuse and neglect are present). Clearly, my focus is on children. You may see me with my granddaughter Maya, who often helps me usher!
Martha has been a member of St Luke’s for over 20 years. She came across the parish in 1999 when she was looking for an Anglican or Episcopal church that would baptize her soon-to-arrive twin boys. She settled on St Luke’s because of the quality of the sermons and has remained, not only because the weekly message still challenges and brings meaning to today’s world, but also because the parish environment fosters a very welcoming community and the culture is to “walk the talk”.
Martha brings to the vestry a depth of experience in a wide range of disciplines. Her professional life includes corporate roles in international business planning, marketing, sales operations, program management, and strategic planning. She has launched her own start-up, and supported the launch of another. She has 11 years experience in property management. She was chairman of an 150-member theater group. She’s lived and worked in Canada, England, France, and Sweden.
In her spare time, Martha loves to spend time with her children. She always has an audiobook on the go, and likes to travel. She’s also a runner and usually has at least one marathon in her sights.
Over the years at St Luke’s, Martha has taught Sunday School, is a current member of the St Luke’s Outreach Committee, and has served the past year on the vestry replacing Steve Beam who moved from the area. Martha hopes to join the Vestry again and for the opportunity to serve. If so, she looks forward to working with her fellow Vestry members to support St Luke’s in any way she can.
I grew up outside of Portland, Oregon, and moved to the Bay Area in 1989 after earning a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University. I currently work in product development at a pharmaceutical company. I married my wife Cathy, the daughter of an Episcopal priest, and began attending St. Luke’s in 2004 when we moved to Los Gatos. I have been inspired by the clergy at St. Luke’s and am grateful to be a part of a warm church community.
Grady grew up on a ranch and farm along the Red River in sothwestern Oklahoma where the only church for miles was a Baptist Church. Later his family relocated near Altus, Oklahoma,
and he attended his first Episcopal Church, St Paul’s, a bungalow remodeled as a very small church. He attended the University of Oklahoma graduating with an M.D. He was then drafted into the Army. After his service, he trained as an orthopedic surgeon. In 1969 he began practice in San Jose, specializing in sports injuries and arthroscopic surgery, retiring in 2016.
His wife, Mary, is a public health nurse specializing in home care management. Together they have traveled the world teaching and volunteering in remote areas such as Bhutan, and also as members of the United States Alpine Ski Team medical staff.
After his military service, he did not return to a church relationship. Fortunately, in 2018 he began attending St Luke’s. Due to the extraordinary warmth and humble sincerity of the ministry and parishioners, especially Fr Ricardo, he has been truly blessed.
I am married to Patricia Pensworth Pollard, with two adult children. We have lived in San Jose since 1965 having grown up in Tennessee. Patricia is now living in an Alzheimer’s care facility, and our son James is now living with me.
A lifelong practicing Episcopalian, I have sung in a boys choir and several adult choirs (including 17 years monthly in the prisoner choir in the Roman Catholic chapel in San Quentin Prison), been a long-time acolyte, lay reader, lay eucharistic minister, taken the sacrament to the sick, taught Sunday School, been a leader for middle school age youth group, and been on a vestry, We have been in the St. Luke’s parish since 1994, after over 20 years at St. Edward’s. In the 20 years since retirement I have volunteered in programs at the Santa Maria Urban Ministry.
My career was as a social worker and program supervisor in the County Mental Health system, with a specialty in crisis intervention, family therapy, family incest treatment, case management of the seriously mentally ill, and general social service and mental health programs.
I have been a number of years with our diocese’s backpacking program and have been a volunteer for our County Parks.
Mary was born and raised in San Jose. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University. After living and teaching elementary school in San Francisco for almost ten years, Mary moved back to San Jose with her husband, Aaron Willis. She is now a stay-at-home Mom and spends her days with her three-year-old son, Owen.
Mary and Aaron joined the St. Luke’s community when they moved to San Jose from San Francisco almost four years ago. They were drawn to the strong community and welcoming spirit that embodies St. Luke’s. When Mary and Owen are not attending one of their Mommy and Me classes (soccer, Spanish, and music), they can be found at home playing baseball in the backyard, watching the San Francisco Giants play on TV, or reading their favorite picture books.