Sylvia Rabalais may be one of the first faces you see in the office, or the first voice you hear over the phone (and surely will be if you get the answering machine!). She joined the St. James staff as Administrative Secretary back in the olden days, when we were just moving to computers, and has a handle on everything St. James. If you have a question, want to schedule an appointment with one of the clergy, need to schedule a room for an activity, she is the go-to person. And if she can't answer it or do it, she knows who can!
Sylvia adopted Baton Rouge as home 35 years ago when she and Craig married and settled here. If it is not a work day, you will soon find Sylvia and Craig wandering the open roads in their new Camaro convertible, or off to see their new grandson!
Helen Campbell, left, serves as Director of Stewardship and Development. Helen has been on staff at St. James over ten years, previously as Director of Lay Ministries, and has been a member of St. James for 35 years along with her husband, Bill. They have two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Mary.
Helen loves working with people. She particularly likes meeting people interested in volunteering at St. James Church and enjoys lunches and coffees with prospective new members or potential volunteers.
Another of her loves is her grandchildren, Anna Katherine and John, who visit Baton Rouge each summer to stay with Helen and her husband Bill at what is called, "Camp Baton Rouge."
Helen says working with volunteers and sharing time with grandchildren keep her mind and body moving . . . and that is a good thing!
Kelly Patrick Williams, pictured on the right, above, joined the staff in August 2012 as our new Director of Lay Ministries. Kelly is a native of Baton Rouge. She attended St. James Day School and Episcopal High School before heading to Emory and LSU where she studied Math and Physics.
Always having a passion in food and the restaurant industry throughout high school and college, Kelly then left for training in New York to become a chef. She worked in the restaurant, catering, and hotel industry in California before returning to Baton Rouge as Corporate Chef for the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, cookbook author, and television host. Later, she started a consulting business for the hospitality industry, taught cooking classes, and Marketing Chef for Tony Chachere's Creole Foods.
During her time back in Louisiana she met and married Chris Williams. They were married at St. James and soon after had two beautiful daughters, Marjie and Judie. The family has made St. James their home, and now Kelly is excited to make St. James her next career path, as well.
Mary Claire Ferachi joined the staff as the Youth and Young Adult Director in July 2013 after being the Youth Intern since Fall 2010. A Baton Rouge native, she attended St. James Day School from pre-k through fifth grade and graduated from Episcopal High School in 2009. In May 2013, she graduated from LSU with a B.S. in psychology, a B.A. in English, and a minor in French. Mary Claire hopes to return to graduate school to pursue a career in psychology. She can most often be found with a group of EYC-ers or doing yoga!
Jo Craddock has been in Baton Rouge and at St. James for over thirty years, having married a native and cradle Episcopalian, Rodger Green, way back then. She joined the staff in February 2011 after many years of behind-the-scene communication and publication work for St. James and others from home. Jo and Rodger are the parents of two adult children, Rory and Hallie (best known to the parish as being in the choir, or, at the cookie plate!), and just when they thought their child-free home would finally get clean, they have apparently been outed as a safe house on the stray dog circuit.
St. James Episcopal Day School
In the 40+ years of her career in education, Mrs. Chauviere has been an active member of numerous professional organizations, has served in various roles in the educational community, and was recognized as "Teacher of the Year." She has used all of that experience along with a terrific school faculty and supportive parents to help build St.James into a nationally recognized U.S.Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Education Excellence.
Mrs. Chauviere and her husband, Arnold, have one son, Kurt. Kurt graduated from Episcopal High School in 2000 and was an honor graduate from Harvard both as an undergraduate and a Law School graduate.
Debbie Stiltner works in the ministry of accounting at St. James. She's the one to call if you have a question about your pledge, Day School tuition, or using AccessACS. Debbie was born and raised in Baton Rouge and earned her degree in Business Administration - Finance from LSU. She is the mother of three boys and worships at First United Methodist Church. Debbie enjoys strength training, reading and watching LSU football.
Cheryl Olinde is our bookkeeper. She posts gifts and payments, coordinates receipts and statements, and while bombarded with paperwork still manages to keep one of the neatest desks you'll ever see. Cheryl wins the prize for longest commute to the office and can still arrive at the office in a decent frame of mind!