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
Bernard Hampsey, Co-Chair
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.
Gretchen Ziegler, Co-Chair
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.
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.
Lucia Sloane, Secretary
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.
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.
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.
Steve relocated to New Hampshire several years ago and began volunteering at the Cathedral of the Pines, helping with trail maintenance. He is currently Executive Vice President at Acuant, a global software company, where he is responsible for strategy and the company’s go-to-market activities. Steve was active in his native Connecticut community having served on the Boards of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, The Connecticut Development Authority, The Shippan Point Association and was appointed a Commissioner of the Stamford Police Department, amongst other activities. He joined Acuant in May 2016 with the acquisition of AssureTec, where he had been CEO. Prior to AssureTec he was Co-founder, Director and President of SolutionPoint International, a diversified security and risk management company, and previously Chairman of Design2Launch, a pioneer in digital workflow software that was sold to Eastman Kodak Company. Earlier as EVP at MSA, a leader in explosive detection services, he helped to lead one of the first companies in the United States to receive Safety Act certification by DHS after 911.
His career in technology started when he co-founded and was CEO of i3 Mobile, a leader in wireless information leading the company to a successful IPO. He graduated from Fordham and earned an M.B.A. in Strategic Management.
Jed has lived in Rindge most of his life and in the Monadnock region his whole life.
He was introduced to the Cathedral of the Pines as a young boy attending multiple outdoor ceremonies for Christenings, weddings, religious ceremonies etc. Throughout his teenage years, he was an active member of a church that met in the Hilltop House until the church constructed a building of their own.
Jed is the sole proprietor as a licensed land surveyor. He assisted the Cathedral of the Pines in subdividing High Corner and Red Cottage. He has also provided general planning and land use consultation for the Cathedral. In his previous employment he surveyed the area between the Altar of the Nation and the Hilltop House.
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.
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.
Jim is a previous owner of Gap Mountain Drilling. After selling Gap Mountain, he started Weidner Services, a full-service welding, fabrication, and machine shop. Jim has worked on many projects including hand crafted wrought iron fencing to custom steel staircases and has redone some of the iron work at the Cathedral, adding beautiful design touches to each piece.
Jim has had a lifelong involvement with 4-H and was a critical part of revamping the Monadnock Mountaineers 4-H club. He is active at the county level, as a member of the Cheshire County Advisory Council, as well as the 4-H Advisory Council. Jim also serves on the Dublin engine show committee and enjoys having a role in the show each year.
Jim’s hobbies include woodworking, hiking, gardening, antique tractor restoration and skiing. Erin and Katy, Jim’s daughters, are the light of his life. The girls appreciate their family’s deep connection to the Cathedral.
Heather Hill, Administration & Event Planning
Kelley Manson, Fundraising & Marketing
Fred Cross, Buildings & Grounds
James Dicey, Buildings & Grounds
Kimberly Smith, Wedding Assistant
David Tolles, Hilltop/Gift Shop Assistant
Susan Campbell. Housekeeping
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
James Roy, Grounds
James Banghart, Will Connell, Del Friedman, Mark Hill, David Kuusisto, Chris Raymond, Hiking Trails
Pat Frank, Cindy Hirt, Kathy and Bob Johnson, Hope Pettegrew, Gift Shop
Bob Johnson, Pianist