Clergy & Staff

The Rev. Dani Gabriel, deacon
email or 510-525-1716
Passionate about food justice, poetry and sharing God’s love, we are thrilled to be one of two churches Deacon Dani serves in our area. Among other amazing ventures, Dani is  currently poet laureate of the city of El Cerrito. Learn more here at their website. 

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The Very Reverend Dr. Peggy Patterson, Interim Pastoral Care Ministry priest


The Very Reverend Dr. Peggy Patterson is Assisting priest at All Souls Episcopal Church in Berkeley and recently retired after ten years as Dean of the Cathedral Church of Saint John in Wilmington DE. She has also served as Chaplain and Head of the Religion Department at The Episcopal School of Dallas, Canon Pastor of St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas, and Associate Rector at the Church of the Holy Faith in Santa Fe, NM. In retirement, Peggy also served as a Hospice Chaplain in Santa Fe and surrounding Pueblos and villages. Peggy has three children and five grandchildren. They live in suburban New York, Dallas, and Albany, CA. Her passions are music, travel, dinner with friends, reading, Centering Prayer, and Pilgrimage. Peggy has led Pilgrimages to Assisi, Taizé, France, and Chartres and loves her ten-day Silent Retreats at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, CO. She has also taught Introduction to Pastoral Theology at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific as Adjunct Faculty (2018 and 2019). She moved to Albany a few years ago to be closer to her daughter Harriet, the mother of her recently born sixth grandchild.

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The Reverend Duane Sisson, Assisting Priest

The Rev. Duane L. Sisson joined St. Alban’s in 2010, upon his retirement as rector of
St. Giles Parish in Moraga, CA, after a 10-year stint there. He has also served various parishes in the Diocese of California, as interim rector and associate.  After retiring, Duane walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a pilgrimage of nearly 600 miles. He continues to walk each day and is grateful to be a part of the St. Alban’s Community and staff.


Karen Sjoholm, Parish Administrator

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Karen joined our staff in July 2018, and brings a wealth of experience. She is an educator, artist, and creativity coach with a focus on creativity as a process that deepens personal, spiritual, and community transformation. She is on faculty at the Graduate Theological Union and John F. Kennedy University and worked in office administration at the School of Applied Theology. When not writing, doing art, teaching, or working she is usually exploring the gardens, parks, and nature trails of the Bay Area, and enjoying friends and family.

You can find her in the parish office Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 1 pm.




Steve Zimmerman, Bookkeeper


Steve joined our team in July, 2018 and is in the office on Tuesday afternoons.

Steve has lived in the Bay Area since 1968 with the exception of two years in Stockton while attending the University of the Pacific and two years in New York finishing his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University. Steve has prior experience with church finances and previously served as the internal auditor for the Diocese. He was born in Johnstown Pennsylvania and is a life-long Steelers and Pirates fan. Steve has two adult children, and four wonderful grandchildren living in Pittsburg (CA). He is an avid cyclist having completed numerous 100 mile bike rides. In addition to cycling, Steve enjoys kayaking and hiking, and of course spending time with his grandkids.




Richard Cushman, Ph.D., Organist

Richard Cushman has been a church organist since his first years of high school.  He began to play professionally at. St. John’s Episcopal Church in Petaluma, where he conducted several choirs and oversaw a highly successful rebuild of the pipe organ. Though always dedicated to sacred music, Dr. Cushman devoted his graduate study (UC Berkeley) to renaissance . lyric and drama,especially sacred verse. He has taught at Stanford University, where he received the Walter J. Gores Award for Faculty Excellence in 1997. He has also taught at USF and the College of the Holy Names. Most recently, Richard has taught courses in literature at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, where he now teaches classes in classical Greek and Roman literature, Dante, Shakespeare and  early twentieth-century fiction. Among Dr. Cushman’s interests he counts tea, walking, gardening, and supporting young musicians.



Becky Osborn-Coolidge and Sondra Lavrov, volunteer Parish Administrators

Becky and Sondra staff the office on Fridays from 9 am – 1 pm. They produce our Sunday bulletins, manage filing and other important tasks. And, they are friendly people who love St. Alban’s!

You can reach them at the Parish Administrator’s email address (see Karen, above).


Morel Briones

Morel Briones, Sexton 

Morel has been keeping things clean and rolling along at St. Alban’s for well over a decade. A passionate bicyclist and skilled repairman, he keeps in shape peddling all over the Bay Area and beyond!