Clergy / Mission Committee

Priest-in-Charge

The Reverend Tim McDonald

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Tim was born in Arizona where he enjoyed the outdoors. He enjoyed horseback riding in the desert with his family and waterskiing on the many surrounding lakes of Phoenix. Eventually, he moved to San Diego where he went to high school and attended San Diego State University earning BA degree in Communications from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior from University of San Francisco.

As an Executive in Human Resources, he has worked for such corporate stables including, Price Waterhouse in San Diego and London, Pepsi Cola in Irvine ca, Paramount Pictures - Hollywood, M-TV New York City, Spelling Entertainment and Sony Pictures located in Culver City Ca.

In the early 90’s, Tim was given a sabbatical from Paramount Pictures to work for AIDS Project Los Angeles at Cedar Sinai Hospital, as a hospice worker. Tim believes that through his service, he became closer to God by helping those who were chastised and held hostage from this deadly disease. He recalls learning a life lesson that we should never be bullied into silence and never allow ourselves to be made a victim. More importantly, we should not accept someone else’s definition of our life; we should define ourselves.

Tim retired in 2011 with his husband Bob to Cloverdale. They have been together in a loving relationship for over 18 years. They were married (2013) at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd located in Cloverdale. In addition to his service with the church, Tim has been a leader in the community serving as Chairman of the Board for Alexander Valley Healthcare, Executive Board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of central Sonoma County and a Board member of Wallace House.




Deacon

The Very Reverend Bob Scott

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Bob was born and raised in Orange County, California. He is a “cradle” Episcopalian being baptized at St. Andrew’s in Fullerton at the age of 2 months. He attended Fullerton Union High School (’73) and graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics/Accounting from Claremont McKenna College (’77) and a MBA from California State University, Fullerton (’84). After college he worked for a large CPA firm and attained his license as a Certified Public Accountant. Most of his work career involved being in financial leadership positions with a large aerospace firm in Southern California.

In 2001 he met his future husband Tim McDonald. After retiring to Cloverdale in 2011, they were married at Good Shepherd in November 2013. Following a call to holy orders by the congregation in 2016 and a period of local formation and study, Bob was ordained as a Deacon on May 25, 2019. In his role as Deacon, Bob looks outward to determine the needs of the community and brings those concerns back to the congregation for discernment as to ways Good Shepherd could possibly help.  Bob currently serves as the Dean for the Russian River Deanery and works in the community with Reach For Home and La Familia Sana.




Priest Emeritus

The Reverend Jane Snibbe

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Jane is a 3rd generation native Californian. She was born in Oakland and grew up in Berkeley and Pacific Grove. She has been an Episcopalian for most of her life, serving as the first woman Eucharistic Minister, and later Senior Warden at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea in Pacific Grove.  She has a B.A. in history from UC Berkeley, and studied at the University of Edinburgh. She and her late husband Dick met at Cal. She earned a Master’s in Education from U. of Montana, and a Master’s in Library Science from San Jose State. She is a 4-year graduate of the Education for Ministry program of the University of the South Seminary. 

Jane retired from a 33-year career as a teacher and school librarian in 1997.  She and Dick moved to Clover Springs in 1998, and began attending Good Shepherd.  She has two sons, Carl and Kurt, and three grandchildren. 

As a life-long practitioner of lay ministry including Altar Guild, holding 4 lay licenses, teaching Sunday School and Bible Studies, Jane answered the call of the congregation for ordained ministry.  She was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate in February 2019, and to the Priesthood on December 8, 2019. 

She is involved in various programs in the Cloverdale community, including education and the library, as well as the homeowners association.




Mission Committee Senior Warden

Steve Tellez

Former Motion Picture, Music and Television agent with Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles. Currently President, Tellez Family Vineyard at Wild Creek Ranch, in the Alexander Valley. Serving as the President of the Cloverdale Arts Alliance and a member of the Events Committee for Alexander Valley Film.

Graduated from California Polytechnic SLO, with a degree in Business Management. Steve lives in Cloverdale, California with his wife, Kirsten, who is Director of Development for Alexander Valley Healthcare. Steve and Kirsten enjoy hiking, cooking, live music and farming 20 acres of Premium Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on their Tellez Family Vineyard located on Pine Mountain! In his spare time, Steve is writing and performing music live and in the studio.




Junior Warden

Dana Johnson

Dana has been living in Sonoma County since 1971, and has enjoyed a career in radio, television, digital and print media. Currently, she publishes Cloverdale Connect, the local newspaper. She lives in Cloverdale with Ray Pesce (former owner of the Hamburger Ranch) and enjoys frequent trips to the Idaho/Oregon border to spend time with her daughter's family. Dana began attending St Paul's in Healdsburg in the early 1980's and was baptized there by Father Bowers. In 1992, she began attending Windsor Presbyterian Church and founded their Food Pantry and in 2012 which has grown to now serve hundreds of families each week. She served as an ordained Elder and Deacon for many years, taught Sunday School, served on the Presbytery's Committee on Preparation for Ministry, and as a Board Member for Westminster Woods Camp and Conference Center. 

Dana feels blessed to have found her church home at Good Shepherd and to be back at the Episcopal Church where her faith story began.




Mission Committee Clerk/Treasurer

Jim Alexander

Jim was born in Berlin Germany to Joseph E. and Ann Alexander, a Military family.  The family moved many times during his childhood including living in Panama for 4 years.  He graduated high school in Bowie, Maryland and attended College Seminary in Dallas, Texas and Graduate Seminary at Theological College in Washington DC. He ran his own company along with two business Partners in Architectural and Interior Design in Washington DC for 10 years.  He moved to San Francisco in 1993, married Mario Dell'Olio, and began an 11-year career in technology at Oracle, Mastech, and Medibuy managing development and consulting teams in HR, Payroll, Manufacturing, and Medical Supplies Procurement.

Mario and Jim left the workforce in 2001 to pursue sailing and lived in the Caribbean.   They moved to New York in 2003 where he began a 19+ year career with WebMD, where he managed the Business Analytics and Data Services team for their Professional HCP portals.  Jim and Mario made a home in Cloverdale in 2022 where Jim continues his role with WebMD.  They became a part of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church where he now serves as the treasurer/secretary.




Mission Committee Member

Paul Cowden

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, at a young age I spent my time building go carts and diving into Goodwill donation boxes and removing appliances to take home to autopsy and possibly fix. In my high school years, I presented my mom with at least five “new” toasters none of which worked beyond the one-week warranty period.

After attending Kent State, first as a Pre-Med major and then as an Aerospace Engineer major with a broadcast minor, my brother Greg and I moved to St. Pete, Florida in 1972, where we built motorhomes and sailboats. I also worked 2 years as a disc jockey before getting a “real” job as a packaging machinery engineer, installing, trouble-shooting, and rebuilding shrink wrap machinery all over the country, including Los Angeles.

Back to Florida, I decided to come out as gay just shy of my 28th birthday. Soon after, my brother and I decided to move out to California and settled in SF in 1976. We opened Cowden Automotive Foreign Car Repair in 1978. Forty years later, I sold it, retired and reconnected with the true love of my life, Chuck Levine. (whom I first met back in 1978 – my first summer at the shop!)

Then we found our forever home here in Cloverdale in 2019 with a view and a workshop room for our eleven cars and motorhome and 2 sweet lab puppies. We are attracted to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church during the COVID lockdown initially by the cool old pump organ in the foyer and then by Tim and Bob’s welcoming invitation to come and experience a Sunday service when the church reopened in 2022. At our first coffee hour on the patio behind the vicarage, we were put into musical bondage by Christine Lathrop who overheard that we could carry a tune.




Mission Committee Member

Trudie Bowen Folsom

Trudie was born in San Francisco in 1955 to Veronica Romo and Harold Bowen. The family moved around in the early years following her father's job managing Arthur Murray dance studios. The Bowens settled back in San Francisco in 1965. Trudie joined the US Postal Service in 1978 where she met and married Steve Folsom. Steve and Trudie, along with their dogs, cats, and horse, moved to Santa Rosa 1989. Trudie left the post office in 2000, went back to school, and worked in tech for 16 years, mostly at Intuit with a stint at GoDaddy.

Trudie has always loved painting and drawing, and just before retirement got into floor loom weaving. Around the same time Steve got into woodworking. The tools of their hobbies quickly became bigger than their little rancher could hold. They moved to Cloverdale in 2019 across the street from Reverends Tim and Bob. The rest is history!




Mission Committee Member

Francesca Giacalone

Fran was born in San Francisco in 1947 to adoring parents! She enjoyed a fun filled childhood with her 3 siblings in SF, San Jose and Los Gatos. She attended San Jose State College, majored in Art, minored in Spec. Ed. graduated in 1969 and moved to Columbus, OH where she taught EMR classes in the inner city. Divorcing her husband, she moved back to San Jose to teach and substitute teach in Santa Clara County.

 

Her next careers were in retail: Saks Fifth Avenue and Calico Corners. While with Calico Corners she was also a sewing workroom (a skill she learned at 12 years old). She took a break and went back to school to earn a certificate in Textile Design at FIDM in Los Angeles. From there she worked for an interior designer as her assistant and facilitated design and construction of several high-end homes in San Francisco, Palm Springs and Belvedere ...she moved from Petaluma to Cloverdale in 2007...lastly, she was hired by the Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca company in Healdsburg in customer service and finally as a sewing workroom. She is still sewing today her line of hand-sewn art cards.