Patricia J. Vargas, Executive Director
Patricia was born in Peru, South America. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Universidad Nacional del Centro del Peru, and a master’s degree in Business Administration as well as a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Management from Champlain College in Vermont.
Patricia has always been a devoted employee who holds herself and others to high standards. She believes that leadership works best by example. “As with any other nonprofit organization, we have our challenges and struggles; however, I love my job, and that makes all the difference.” When Patricia first visited the Cathedral, she learned that the Cathedral stands for unity, respect for all, and it is open to all faiths. That day, she thought that she would love to be part of it.
Board of Trustees
Robert Pettegrew, Chair
Bob’s background and experience have been concerned chiefly with sales and marketing management. Over the past twenty-five years he has operated independently as Robert Pettegrew Associates, managing fundraising campaigns for non-profit organizations, and assisting clients with marketing planning and execution in the fields of publishing, banking, healthcare and printing. Within this framework, he has provided contract outsourcing services with major emphasis on new business development.
Bob joined the Cathedral of the Pines as a Trustee in 2017. He earned an A.B. degree from Colby College (Maine), with additional graduate work in Mandarin Chinese at Yale University and served in the United States Air Force Intelligence Service.
Bill Edson, Vice-Chair
Bill is the Varsity Cross Country and Track & Field coach at Conant High School. He has been coaching athletics at the youth, high school, and college-level 27 years. Bill is a decorated combat veteran of the Iraq War and retired after having served 23 years in the US Army Active Duty, Reserves, and Vermont Army National Guard. He has ten years’ experience as a non-profit Executive Director having successfully revitalized and rebranded two struggling organizations to become example agencies within their own specialties. Bill has undertaken an endeavor as an entrepreneur as a professional life coach and public speaker.
Beyond the decades of executive and board leadership, Bill maintains a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership, Bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies, and an associate degree in Liberal Studies. Most importantly, Bill is a community-minded servant leader, and he looks forward to being a part of this organization during a time of exciting transformation.
Edward Seymour, Treasurer
Ed was born in Winchester, MA. He is a graduate of Winchester Public School and Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School. He moved to Rindge in 2002 and started his business Coyote Discount Oil in 2003. Ed married Lori DiBacco in 2010. Ed and Lori have two sons Thomas who is 8 years old and Leo who is 3 years old. He and his family moved to Hale Hill Road in September 2014. He joined Cathedral of the Pines Board of Trustee in 2016 and is a member of the Executive Committee. Ed cares deeply about Cathedral of the Pines and enjoys participating with his family at Cathedral events. He is eager to help whenever needed.
Bob Schaumann, Secretary
Bob Schaumann has served on the Cathedral’s Board of Trustees since 2014, serving the past few years as Secretary. Within the Monadnock region, Bob also serves on the Board of Directors for the Monadnock Humane Society and the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, where he served as Rotary Club president from 2017 to June of 2019. He is Vice-Chair of the Town of Jaffrey Budget Committee, and serves on committees of several non-profit organizations. When not involved in community service in Jaffrey, he is an adjunct professor, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in marketing and management at Franklin Pierce University, Keene State College, Rivier University, and three other universities. Including active duty in the Persian Gulf, Bob served twelve years in the Navy Reserve and was honorably separated as a full Commander. Bob also has a background in broadcast and print journalism. His undergraduate degree in Marketing came from Villanova University; his MBA is from Rivier University. Married to Diane for nearly fifty years, they live in Jaffrey, overlooking Mt. Monadnock.
Rev. Kathleene Card is the pastor at Peterborough United Methodist Church, in Peterborough, New Hampshire. She is a retired Elder from the Virginia Conference of the UMC. In 2016, Rev. Card volunteered to help with Institutional Development at Franklin Pierce University. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary (M.Div.), George Mason University (M.A.), and the University of Massachusetts in Boston (B.A.). She has served on various boards including Wesley Theological Seminary, The Massachusetts Port Authority and Babson College. Rev. Card is experienced as a teacher and an administrator. She served in the Federal Government as the Director of the Office of External Affairs at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from 1988-1993, and as a Project Director at The Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution from 1986-1988. However, whether she was teaching, managing a staff, or working in the Church her love of God and God’s people has always been the driving force in her life.
Susan is a graduate of Corpus Christi High School, Texas and the University of Corpus Christi. She was married for 33 years to Gerald W. Parker, USAFMC and has two children. She currently serves as a Board member of the Park Theatre, Jaffrey, NH, Rindge Women’s Club, Ingalls Memorial Library Advisory Committee, the Rindge Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club and the Rindge Budget Advisory Committee. She is a volunteer of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Wounded Warrior Program. Susan was also on the Board of Directors of the Washington Hospital Center, Board of the Visiting Nurse Association for Metro D.C., Board of the D.C. Hospital Association, and the American Hospital Association. Susan was elected NH State Representative for 7 terms – (14 years) and was a member of the Health & Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee for 7 terms. Among Susan’s accomplishments are Legislator of the Year Award, Senior Ranking Republican on the Health and Human Services Committee, she had thirteen pages of legislation passed and the Barbara Bush Silver Fox Award.
Ernie recently retired after being a Full-time faculty member of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Iowa College of Medicine for 30+ years. His affinity, appreciation, and love for the Cathedral began in July 1985 while standing at the beautiful and inspiring Altar in the presence of God, his wife Ellyn, and Mt Monadnock. During a lull in the ceremony, he and his wife quietly made a vow to each other to return every year to the Cathedral, to climb Mt Monadnock, and to stand together to renew their vows. Ernie’s three Children were baptized at the Cathedral. His son, Gregg, stood at the Altar of the Cathedral – right where Ernie stood – and became married in September 2018. August 2011 turned to tragedy and sadness for Ernie. His youngest daughter, Caroline (age 17) was killed in a freak moped accident. That was followed 12 days later by Ellyn succumbing to pancreatic cancer. Ernie and his family turned to our Heavenly Father for strength, guidance, and love. Ellyn and Caroline are presently resting in eternal peace on the grounds of the Cathedral.
Ernie thinks that the Cathedral can serve a most integral role in providing the spiritual needs of all that seek its bounty. Ernie gladly, honorably, and humbly helps the Cathedral move forward into the future.
Bernie was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a graduate of Holy Cross College and Duquesne University School of Law. Bernie married Jean Letourneau, a Jaffrey native, in 1960. They have three children. Charlie, the youngest, worked at Cathedral of the Pines for eight years – throughout high school and college. Jean was Cathedral’s organist for twenty years retiring in 2006. Bernie was a N.H. Attorney for fifty years and a Judge on the District and Superior Courts for forty years. He served as Jaffrey Town Moderator as well as the Jaffrey-Rindge School District’s Moderator. He was a Trustee of Monadnock Community Hospital for twenty years and currently is a member of the boards of Cathedral of the Pines, Villi Poni Farm and the Jaffrey Civic Center where he holds the office of President. He enjoys many sports and is a life-long Pittsburgh Steeler fan. In 2015, Bernie received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nashua Bar Association and in 2020 the Citizen of the Year Award by the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce.
For Lucia, it is an honor to have been selected to serve as a Trustee of the Cathedral of the Pines. The Cathedral has held a special place in her life and in her heart for as long as she can remember. “There hasn’t been a year that I haven’t returned to the Cathedral to connect with the unifying spirit of nature and service, and to remember with gratitude the lives of my family members.” Over the years, Lucia witnessed the dedicated efforts of her grandfather, Douglas Sloane IV, and her father, William Sloane, as they nurtured the mission of the Cathedral. Lucia has heard the stories of her great-grandparents, Douglas Sloane III and Sibyl Sanderson Sloane, of their vision and hope in our greater community. She remembers the efforts of her great-aunt Margaret Brummer to make the Cathedral a place of inspiring beauty. It is Lucia’s goal to serve the Cathedral with a commitment to our history and our future aspirations.
Professionally, Lucia practices as a physical therapist in Boston, Massachusetts. Apart from her family history, their lives and their memory are certainly motivating interests of hers.
Greg Walsh originates from Potsdam, NY, and he is the youngest of five along with his twin sister Mary. His father was a college administrator, and his mother was an RN. He established a successful auction service business in 1979 in the St. Lawrence County region of Northern NY. Greg moved to the Monadnock region in 2008 with his wife Kim Mooney, resided in Keene for 10 years and moved to Rindge in November 2018. Kim is in her fourth year as President of Franklin Pierce University and they occupy the newly built home for the president “Pearly House” on the FPU campus. Greg is currently very active in the auction and in-home estate sale business as well as being in his 21st year as an eBay “power seller”. He serves on the NH Board of Auctioneers as Chair, the Board of Cathedral of the Pines, and is a new member of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club. He enjoys cycling, boating, table tennis, and collecting antiques, U.S. coins and paper currency.
Gretchen was a visitor to the Cathedral of the Pines during her youth with her father. He had been a leader in the Boy Scout Troop 1 in Newton, MA where Mr. Douglas Sloane was the Scoutmaster. She became active on the Board of Trustees in early 1980s, serving in all the officer positions and as chair of the Program Committee. She is Professor Emerita of Recreation Management, Business Administration, and Geography at Franklin Pierce College (now University). Gretchen is the former owner/manager of Field ‘n Forest Recreation Area where she worked for 35 years. She is also active in the tourism industry in New Hampshire and is currently serving as Board Chair of the Granite State Ambassadors. Gretchen was the President of the Bates College Class of 1964.
Heather Hill, Administration
Fred Cross and James Dicey, Buildings and Grounds
Kimberly Smith, Wedding Assistant
Carol Burdick and David Tolles, Hilltop/Gift Shop Assistants
We are honored and grateful to the many dedicated volunteers who contribute to the success of our day-to-day operations and special events here at Cathedral of the Pines.
Joseph Morrissey, Maintenance Volunteer
Stephen Maloney, Hiking Trails Volunteer
Sylvia Putnam, Hope Pettegrew, and Kathy Johnson, Gift Shop Volunteers
Doug Hagstrom, Gardens Volunteer
Bob Johnson, Pianist