Clergy, Staff and Vestry Bios

 

Rev'd Dr. Dawn Enderwood

In December 2019, I retired from Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Edmond after serving there 18 years. What! A Lutheran you may ask. Actually, I attended an The Episcopal Seminary in the Southwest, along with the Lutheran Seminary Program there. I studied with Episcopalian and Lutherans. It was a wonder time of learning. 

 

Most recently, I served as interim vicar of St. John’s Episcopal Church in OKC. They recently called a new vicar. I am a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury, making me fully Episcopalian. 

 

I grew up on the prairies of Kansas, where my father was a rancher. I attended the University of Kansas, receiving a BS in Journalism and then Wichita State University, where for a Master of Communication Theory. For many years I taught communication classes at Wichita State University and Friends University in Wichita, KS, and while in seminary at taught at Concordia University in Austin, TX. After moving to Edmond, I completed the Doctor of Ministry from Phillips Seminary and a specialization in interim ministry.

 

My volunteer activities include the Board of Oaks Indian Mission, Oaks OK; the Dialogue Institute Advisory Board, OKC; Boundary Trainer (sexual abuse) for the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod (ELCA); and Spiritual Care Disaster Responder through the Oklahoma Conference of Churches. 

 

My family consists of three adult children living the in the OKC area. Quinn is a teacher, Rachel is the vice president of account management for a medical asset consulting company, and Anne is a licensed professional counselor in Edmond. Daisy, the goldendoodle, rounds out the family. 

 

I look forward to knowing the St. Michaels congregation and community.

Senior Warden: Judy Phillips
 

I grew up in the small town of Patchogue, New York, on the south shore of Long Island. I was always near a beach--many beaches--and that is what I miss most about living in Oklahoma. Otherwise, I have been very happy here. I moved to Norman in 1981 to join the History faculty at the University of Oklahoma, and retired at the end of the Fall 2017 semester.  My field is British and European history.
I have been married to Tim Phillips since 2016.  We both sing in the St Michael's choir, where we met. I have one daughter, Laura, from a long-ago first marriage. She and I started attending St Mike's in 1997, I think, and officially got baptized, confirmed, and joined in 1998. She now lives in the Dallas area. Thanks to her and her husband Micah, I have three grandchildren. In addition to work, church and family, I guess I have three hobbies: cooking, crocheting, and traveling.
I have served before on vestry and was Senior Warden during the transition years from Jack Wilcox to Alan Sutherland. It was difficult in part because it took a while to get an interim;, so I was responsible for finding a worship leader every Sunday for months, as well as for holding our community together during that time.  I am part of the St Michael's community because I have found it so warm, welcoming, and accepting, a community that "walks the walk."

Clerk of the Vestry: Tim Phillips

Tim has been an Episcopalian since childhood.  He grew up in New York State, attended Trinity College in Hartford, and moved to Oklahoma in 1996.  He has been attending St. Michael’s since 1997.

Junior Warden: Tina Mahle
I was born and raised in Minneapolis MN, at Plymouth Congregational Church. I graduated from West High School "Cowboys" in 1971. My family of six enjoyed four seasons of sports and recreation, and had horses.
After two years at the University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida, I married and moved to Oklahoma. I graduated from The University of Oklahoma in 1976, with a Bachelor of Science in Health Physical Educ & Recreation (HPER). I taught Phys Ed and coached for four years at Whittier Middle School here in Norman. I played competitive softball and soccer, and refereed soccer from 1979 to 2003.
My second marriage gave us a son, Jonathan Bogle, who was married by Fr. Alan in 1994. Heather and her daughter Stella, were joined by grandson Jonas in 1995. 
I am now retired from OU staff after 28 years as a staff accountant; remarried to Tom Tahkofper (Comanche). I enjoy singing in the choir, as I did in Mpls. I now look forward to serving my church-family home as their Junior Warden, 2020.

 

John Hartley
John is a cradle Episcopalian and has been a member of St Michael’s Church since 1985. He is a member of the Choir, active lector, and has served on the Vestry and as a delegate to diocesan convention several times. He is a retired archaeologist, having worked for several universities and state or federal agencies in his career.  His wife is Basha Hartley and they have three grown children.

 

Tonya Fleming

I grew up in Newton Falls, Ohio, a small town, 45 miles southeast of Cleveland. 

I am married to Dennis "Joey" Fleming. We have known each other all our lives. We have been married for 11 years. Between the two of us, we have 6 kids, Maria (30), Sebastain (25), Brittani (23), Brenden (22), Deacon (11), and Tyson (5). We have 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson.  

I moved to Oklahoma in August of 2007. I was a member of Chrismatic Episcopal Church. After moving to Oklahoma, I struggled to find a church that I loved.  I attended many different churches over 12 years. Then on January 1, 2019, I decided that I needed a change and that change began with my walk with God. I looked up Episcopal churches in Norman and decided to attend St Michael's. I have not looked back since then. 

I am retired Navy. I was honored to carry on the family tradition of serving our country.  I have my BS in Psychology from Bowie State University, where I graduated cum laude.  In 2010, I was ordained through Open Ministry as a wedding officiant.  I work for World Heritage as an area representative and for OU football as a security guard. I am currently in year 1 of Education for Ministry (EFM). I am also co-chair for Episcopal Church Women (ECW). 

Thank you for opportunity to serve on Vestry. I look forward to serving this great community. 



Suzette McDowell
I wheeled in the doors of St. Michael's with a broken foot  in 2014.  I loved the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
When I was a public school teacher, it was easy to know what I was supposed to be doing, giving energy, thought and love to my students in the hope that education would afford them a better start in life.  Now I am a volunteer for numerous groups and organizations all of which seem to have the basic purpose of support for humankind’s welfare.Thirty-eight years ago, I came to Norman  to study literature and drama at the University of Oklahoma.  I did not leave town after completing my masters degree but continued living in the same old house in the Miller Historic District. 
Now I am a widow; my husband John who passed in June of 2018 really loved being part of St. Michael’s.  He felt very comfortable to tell people there his corny jokes every Sunday
I have a son, a daughter, two granddaughters, and one great grandson.  My girls are all Episcopalians; their former church was St. Luke’s, Bartlesville,Ok.
I love dogs.  My current best friend is a poodle mix rescue that I named Marie Curie.
I am half French Canadian and half Missouri Anglo Saxon which may account for my confusions.

 

Brandt Cassidy

I have been a life long Episcopalian. I grew up in the church taking on many rolls – acolyte, choir, gardener, vestry member, search committee member, camera man and much more. I joined St. Michael’s in 2004 moving here from St. Philip’s in Ardmore. I moved to Oklahoma in 1989 and have now been in Oklahoma longer than I have lived anywhere (32years). St. Michael’s has been my happy place. I come for comfort, friendship, parties, to sing and to eat. My first wife, Kathaleen was a PA and together we raised two children, Meghan and James. She passed away in 2011 from colon cancer. To my delight I met my second wife, Susie at St. Michael’s. We have been together for 7 years and married for 3. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel all over the world and continued with Susie going to Scotland, Belgium, and South Africa. Since the pandemic we have been stuck at home with our 4 dogs. I have been teaching at the University of Central Oklahoma for the last 2 years after 18 years as the director of a private DNA testing company, DNA Solutions in Oklahoma City. I am looking forward to the time we can all be back together and finding a new rector for St. Michael’s. Until

then peace, health and prosperity be with you.

Debi Kelley

I have been a member of St. Michael's since 2010.   I was raised in the Episcopal Church. 

I live in Norman with my husband Don, dog Lucy and cat Dylan.  Together we have five grown children and I have three grandchildren ( all teenagers).  

I have been on vestry twice, altar guild, helped reignite ECW and our Annual Women's Retreat.

it is an honor to serve on the vestry and be part of the growing life at St. Michael's.

Rachel Armstrong

As  a member of St. Michael’s 1998-2005, I was active in the life of the church through the nursery, the Vestry, social activities, and outreach programs. Work took us to Maryland for 15 years, where I was a member of a small but thriving Episcopal church.

I returned to Norman in the fall of 2018 as a full time family care giver and accompanied my dad to Memorial Presbyterian Church so that he could continue to participate in his church. I connected back to St. Michael’s through Education for Ministry and am co-mentor with Donna Young of a group based at St. Michael’s.

I am honored to be part of the Vestry that will guide St. Michael’s past the Pandemic. This congregation has a wonderful legacy of service and ministry that was changed, but not stopped, during this time. Whether it’s care and support of each other or those we don’t personally know, the people of St. Michael’s reflect our baptismal vow to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves

Donna Young

I am happily married with 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and now a great-grandchild. My husband, Rick, and I are both retired from the Air Force. We moved to Norman in 2009 and started attending St. Michael’s in 2010. I worked as the parish administrator at St. Michael’s for the past 7 years. I started my first year of Education for Ministry (EfM) in the fall 2014 and completed the fourth year in the spring of 2018 with James Smith, mentor extraordinaire. In the fall of 2018, I co-mentored with James and in the fall of 2019 began as sole mentor of the group. This year I have had the pleasure of co-mentoring with Rachel Armstrong. EfM is a very important part of my Christian life. I have held an officer positions in the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) group for several years, am a member of the Altar Guild and have served as an acolyte. I look forward to the future of St. Michael’s and hope to be a part of shaping that future by serving on Vest

Christi Madden

Christi Madden is an Oklahoma native. Born in Enid, OK she has lived in several places across this great state. Her religious background includes regular attendance at Episcopal, Southern Baptist and Methodist congregations. She became a faithful member to St. Michael’s in early 2012 and was officially confirmed in December of that year. Christi has been married to her high-school sweetheart, John, since 2001 and together they parent two boys, Johnathyn and Timothy, as well as a high-spirited Yorkie, Maggie. Christi served on the Vestry 2013-2015 and feels called to support St. Michael’s in this ministry again. She recognizes that these are trying times for all of God’s children and is committed to serving her church family and working together to prayerfully and intentionally discern St. 7 Michael’s response. She has completed the Retreat in Daily Life, and Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina practice are foundational to her spiritual health.

Rev'd. Ann Murray

The Rev. Ann Murray is a cradle Episcopalian, having been baptized at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas when she was three months old. Ann made a brief foray into the Baptist church during her youth but returned to the Episcopal Church in college when she was confirmed at St. Anselm of Canterbury, the University of Oklahoma. Ann grew up in Houston, Texas until moving to Ponca City, Oklahoma, at age 15. Ann graduated from Ponca City High School in 1983 and Northern Oklahoma College in 1985. Ann met the love of her life, Todd Anthony Murray, at Northern Oklahoma College. They married on December 20, 1985 in Norman, Oklahoma. She and Todd are the parents of two grown children, Ian Murray and Cathryn Murray.

Ann next attended and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1987, being recognized as a Junior College Merit Council leader and being on the Letzeiser Honor List. Ann’s first job after college was working as an Academic Advisor in University College for Sue Shellabarger. Ann graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1991, passed the bar and was sworn in as an attorney in 1992.  Ann and Todd moved to Bartlesville during her senior year of law school and she completed her course work at the University of Tulsa College of Law. 

Ann worked in two different stints for the Department of Human Services, Child Support Services, as a State’s Attorney. She enjoyed her work for the Department because she made a difference in the lives of Oklahoma’s children. Ann and Todd moved to Jenks and then Owasso, Oklahoma for Todd’s job as a debate coach and Director of the Owasso Performing Arts Center.  The Murrays moved back to Norman in 2007 in order for Todd to attend Law School at OCU, where he graduated in 2010. Todd is a practicing attorney in Oklahoma City. Ann worked in the Chickasha Child Support Office, Department of Human Services, until her retirement in December of 2018. 

After leaving Norman for Bartlesville, Ann was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Bartlesville, then moved to Church of the Holy Spirit, Episcopal in Tulsa, and then to St. Dunstan’s in Tulsa, where Ann was Senior Warden.  Finally, the family landed at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City. It was at St. Paul’s that Ann entered discernment for the diaconate. She was ordained in 2018 and assigned to St. Mary’s in Edmond. During her time at St. Mary’s, she also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education through the Veteran’s Administration in Oklahoma City. Ann is now assigned to St. Michael’s in Norman as of the end of February, 2019. 

Rev'd Dr. Laura Blazek

Deacon Laura was ordained in 2015 and has been serving at St. Michael’s since.  She was a member of the first class of the Iona School of Ministry which is a three-year program to educate both deacons and bi-vocational priests in the state of Oklahoma.  Prior to accepting God’s call to diaconal ministry, she served for many years as St. Michael’s Christian Formation Director and Youth Group Minister.  As a deacon, Laura continues her work with the Youth Group, preaches once a month, and strives to keep the needs of the world in the hearts and minds of the parish so that we will all “go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.” 

Deacon Laura grew up in Norman, Oklahoma.  Since her father was Roman Catholic and her mother Southern Baptist, she attended one or the other denominations churches throughout her childhood.  She discovered the Episcopal Church through her then boyfriend and now husband.  Over time fell in love with the liturgy and tradition of the Episcopal Church and was confirmed in 1989.  After graduation from college, life led her and her husband to St. Louis, where she began to become involved in various ministries within the church.  Her family returned to Norman in 1999 where she discovered the wondrous parish home of St. Michael’s.

Besides being a deacon, Laura is a small animal veterinarian.  She graduated from Oklahoma State School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.  She is married to Eric and has grown two children- Joshua and Elizabeth.  When she isn’t at work as a veterinarian or working on deacon stuff, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, baking, being outdoors, and maintaining her certified geek status.