Clergy & Staff

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The Rev. Julie Wakelee-Lynch, Rector

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Julie loves working with people and communities—bringing faith to life. She is passionate about church being a safe and welcoming place for all and is delighted that St. Alban’s buildings host a thriving community hub for people of many faiths (and none) and all walks of life. Outside of the parish, you might find her gardening or working on her house. She enjoys knitting as a spiritual practice, is having fun learning to build things out of wood, and treasures weekly runs with her local team, whom she refers to as her “running family.” Julie’s daughter is a senior in college, and she shares her home with their beloved rescue dog, known to show up occasionally and mooch a treat or two from the church office. Julie holds a B.A. in political science from Occidental College, an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and an M.A. in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union. Ordained a priest in 2004, she has served parishes in the Dioceses of Los Angeles and California (Bay Area).

The Venerable Kathleen Van Sickle, Deacon

Ordained in 1986, Kathleen has ministered in many locations, including Archdeacon for Deacons in the Diocese of California and Deacon-in-Charge at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Berkeley before joining St. Alban’s.  She recently retired from  the Anthropology Department at UC Berkeley. Kathleen is presently involved with the YEAH! shelter in Berkeley and also leads a weekly Benedictine group (aka Ben’s Friends) in meditation, Lectio Divina and prayer. Her interests include sports, art and spirituality.

The Reverend Duane Sisson, Assisting Clergy

The Rev. Duane L. Sisson retired in 2010 as rector of St. Giles Parish in Morga, CA.  Duane served at the rector of St. Giles for ten years. Before that he served at as an interim for the Diocese which he did after completing three years as Associate Priest at Christ Church, Alameda. After retiring, Duane walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain. A pilgrimage of nearly 600 miles. Duane continues to walk each day and is grateful to be a part of the St. Alban’s Community and staff.

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Sheila Smith, Parish Administrator

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Sheila joined on as the St. Alban’s Parish Administrator in early 2017. She favors non-profit work, and has served as a preschool and afterschool director, the owner of a cottage business to empower parents as first teachers of young children, and the special assistant to the first lady of New York. Sheila is passionate about community service and helping others, making St. Alban’s a great place for her to be. She recently began graduate studies in Library and Information Management, and loves hiking, gardening, yoga, and cooking. If she had more free time, Sheila would spend it with a book or in a museum in San Francsico.


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Richard Cushman, Organist


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Setsuko Katsuki, Nursery Director


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Becky Osborn-Coolidge, volunteer Parish Administrator


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Sondra Lavrov, volunteer Parish Administrator 


Morel Briones, Sexton