OFFICERS

GEORGE CAULKINS, SENIOR WARDEN   (2015-2017)

We joined Ascension ten years ago. We feel it is our spiritual home. Our three children (Will 14, Henry 12, and Sarah 9) were baptized at three different Episcopal churches. Only Sarah was baptized at Ascension. My wife, Christina, sings in the choir. I served on the Vestry previously 2006-2008. I am a Denver native, but went to high school and college on the East Coast. I served as a pilot on Active Duty in the United States Marine Corps for seven years before entering the business world. I manage a small company, Greendeck Capital, whose interests include a variety of industries, but I focus mostly on agriculture. My philanthropic interests include veterans services and education reform.


JIM KAHLER, JUNIOR WARDEN   (2015-2017)

My wife, Luzon, and I have been attending Ascension for four years. Our search for a church home began shortly after moving to Denver from Washington D.C. five years ago. We were drawn to Ascension by its welcoming congregation, its sense of community, and by the talent of Father Lucas. I grew up in southern California attending St. James by the Sea in La Jolla, and I graduated from a nearby Episcopal high school. I currently manage Continuity Capital, an entrepreneurial investment firm. When not at work, I enjoy Colorado's natural beauty through fishing, hunting, and off-roading.


KENT WINKER, TREASURER

My wife Glenda and I have been attending Ascension for the past seven years. We love Ascension because it is such a warm and spirit filled church, and also it is in walking distance from our home. I have been a banker for over 50 years, and I am currently Executive Vice President of Collegiate Peaks Bank, a locally owned community bank. Glenda and I enjoy traveling and spending time with our four sons and seven grandchildren. Bronco football is also a favorite pastime.


SHANNON CATALANO, CLERK   (2015-2017)

After spending almost 10 years on the east coast my husband, Chris, and I are happy to finally be closer to our families in Oklahoma, Texas, and here in Colorado. Soon after moving to Denver in early 2014 we found our home at Ascension. We own Pilates Vita of Denver, a boutique fitness studio on 6th Avenue across the street from the Esquire Theater. In addition to gym memberships, we offer TRX suspension band training, indoor cycling, and pilates equipment classes and personal sessions. In my free time I enjoy cycling, snowshoeing, running, traveling, cooking, and spending time with my nieces. I am thrilled to be considered for the vestry. I was raised Baptist and look forward to learning more about the Episcopal Church through vestry membership.


LAURA OSBORNE 

I found Ascension in 2000 when I lived in Congress Park. I was drawn to its inviting presence and small church feel. My son, Jack (12), was baptized at Ascension in 2002. We immediately departed for a ten year sojourn to Trinity Episcopal Church in Morgan City, Louisiana. Jack and I returned to Colorado and Ascension in 2012 and are happy to call it our church home. I am a Colorado native, a corporate and real estate transactions attorney, mom, Cursillista and member of the Diocese of Colorado Cursillo Secretariat (ask me!), and seeker – although I am trying to let go of labels.

I have served on a vestry, a rector search committee, as a formation leader, as a Sunday school teacher, as a morning prayer leader, as an EFM participant – and once as John the Baptist. When I’m not doing “churchy” stuff – my heart is happiest hiking, cooking, reading, at Metro Caring and spending time with Jack.



CLASS OF 2017

MEGAN HARRY

My husband, Mike, and I have attended Ascension since we were married in 2004. Our children, Cameron (8) and Millicent (7) were both baptized here in 2006 and 2008, respectively. We have made Ascension our church home because it is a warm, welcoming place. We are truly grateful that our children have a safe, nurturing place to learn about and love God. I am an attorney in Polsinelli PC's trial department. Prior to my current position, I was assistant counsel at the University of Colorado and in private practice in San Francisco. I am originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. I attended the University of Michigan, Cornell University Law School, and received a Masters of Philosophy from Cambridge University. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Vestry and look forward to learning more about Ascension and all its members.


GEORGE CAULKINS

See Vestry Bio Above


SHANNON CATALANO

See Vestry Bio Above


JIM KAHLER

See Vestry Bio Above


 

CLASS OF 2018

HOLLY BUTLER

I am Holly Butler, age 49, and a Denver Girl. I grew up in southern Denver where I attended Cherry Hills Elementary and St. Mary's Academy. Both of my parents were members of the Episcopal Church and I have fond memories of my Christian formation in the Episcopal Church. Christ Church in Englewood is where I was confirmed, and St. Gabriel's is where I spent most of my teen years. I met my sweet husband Davis Butler in college at Texas Christian University where I received my degree in Interior Design in 1989. After our wedding in 1993 we made Denver our home. After attending St. Johns for many years, Davis and I felt we needed a smaller, more intimate parish family, and we joined The Church of the Ascension in 2008. Davis and I have been blessed with three wonderful children; Harris (18), Avery (16), and Collin (10). My mother Sue Haynie is also a member of Ascension; she joined the church in 2015 after moving into our home. My life is filled with caring for my three amazing kidos, my dear Mother, and a few design projects. I love being a part of the parish family at Ascension. It is truly a home away from home and I am honored to be on the Vestry.


MOLLY FREEMAN

I am from Western Pennsylvania. I attended James Madison University on a golf scholarship. After college I worked as a legal assistant for a large firm in Pittsburgh, where I met my husband Mac, who was my next door neighbor. We were married in 1999 in Maine and moved to Denver four days later.

I was raised Roman Catholic but ventured away from church in my college years. I really wanted to find a stronger faith and a comforting feel in church,  which I never felt growing up. I looked for a couple years only to find it two blocks away. Ascension has helped Denver feel like home to me. I am grateful that our children; Lily (15), James (13), and Jackie (12), are learning about the Lord and what it means to have faith through Ascension. Lily is currently in the confirmation class. James is a frequent reader and Jackie likes to usher with his sister. I recently became a Chalice Minister which brings me closer to my faith and the church. It is a special gift.

I keep myself busy chairing the East High School Teacher Appreciation Committee and volunteering in the school store, among other East activities. I love working out at Pearl Street Fitness, but what fulfills me the most is being a Mom to our three children. We travel back East for the summer to spend time with family because our fall and winter are spent supporting the Denver Broncos.

I am honored to be a part of the Vestry and look forward to learning more about the church and the beautiful people who make Ascension what it is to me.  


PHILLIP WEISS

Deep spiritual roots go back to my earliest childhood. I'm the youngest of four and was raised in a "Midwest-like" rural home in Northern California. I had a happy childhood and loving parents. We were originally Missouri Synod Lutherans, but my parents joined a Bible church when I was in 3rd grade and that's really where I cut my spiritual teeth. 

I was always very serious about my relationship with Christ and am grateful for the spiritual journey that I've been on. This has included the Charismatic movement, and eventually a year at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Fifteen years ago I found the Episcopal church and have enjoyed it's worship and ministry ever since serving in music, teaching, and leadership roles. Contemplative Christianity is also a keen interest and has been a very nourishing aspect of my faith.

Professionally, I've been in human resources for over 30 years, where I've held various leadership roles. In the past six years I created my own executive coaching and leadership development practice - a passion of mine. My partner of 15 years and I live in the Montclair neighborhood and are thrilled to be in Denver!

It is a genuine privilege to be considered to serve on the Vestry and to partner with the Rector and parish in our collective journey with Christ.


class of 2019

KERRY SIMS

My wife, Emily, and I, were instantly drawn to the warmth of the congregation and intimacy of the worship service at the Church of the Ascension.  One or more of our family are in the church nearly every day because our son, Conner (3), attends Bright Star Early Learning Center following in the footsteps of his older brother, Reed (9), who enjoyed his time there immensely before moving on to Bromwell Elementary.  I’ve worked as a consultant in the telecommunications industry for almost 17 years, primarily with international clients for the last several years. Our family lives for our weekends together which are all about skiing in the winter and swimming in the summer with a few travel adventures and visits with family all across the country.


LYNN HANEY

My wife Sarah and I were married at Ascension in 2004 and have been attending here since.  We have found this to be a very warm and welcoming family and have enjoyed the friendships we have made here.  I grew up in Omaha, NE, where we attended Trinity Cathedral.  I went through Sunday School and served as an acolyte until I was about fifteen.  I am looking forward to helping my two daughters, Claire and Morgan, down a similar path here at Ascension.  I am looking forward to taking a more active role in the church and learning more about how the church operates and am excited to be joining the Vestry.

On the professional side, I have been a software engineer for about 15 years.  I am currently the Director of Engineering at a small software company in Westminster called Cloudpath Networks.  We make utilities to simplify the process of connecting phones, tablets and laptops to secure wireless networks.  When I am not busy with my girls or working on our house, I enjoy riding my bike, skiing and playing music.


John Kayser

I joined Ascension in 2015 and immediately felt a connection and a welcoming atmosphere. I’ve found it to be a spiritual oasis in a very busy city! Originally from El Paso, Texas, I was raised in a large episcopal church, where I did it all—acolyte, junior choir, youth choir, youth groups, church camp, and even the elementary school. I was drawn back after The Episcopal Church courageously took a stand for inclusiveness. I’ve been in Denver since 1987 and currently serve as the marketing director for Jewish Family Service of Colorado, a large human services agency. I’m married to Dan Klinglesmith and we have a hyperactive labradoodle, Scruff. I enjoy travel, biking, swimming, cooking, reading great novels, and gardening. I’m a member of Ascension’s Outreach Committee and have a special interest in the church’s physical plant and grounds 


Chris Nazar

I have been a member of Church of the Ascension since the Spring of 2014.  I joined Church of the Ascension, after visiting several Episcopal churches in central Denver, because of the welcoming and comfortable environment and because I felt called to be here.  I have been an active member of our parish, focusing on outreach ministries and serving as a chalice minister.

I have been a member of the Anglican/Episcopal Communion since infancy.  Growing up in Guelph, Ontario, I attended St. George’s Anglican Church, serving as an acolyte, youth synod delegate and on outreach and youth education committees.  I went to college at Trinity College (part of the University of Toronto) and attended St. Paul’s Bloor Street in Toronto, a large urban parish, where I was involved in faith formation and street ministries.

After college, I moved to Lansing, Michigan and attended St. Paul’s, where I was a Jr. High Church School teacher and youth group leader for five years.  At St. Paul’s Lansing, I also served on the evangelism committee and on the vestry for two years.

My time in Michigan was followed by seven years in Kansas City (where I became an avid Royals fan).  In Kansas City, I attended St. Andrew’s, a large mid-town church where I felt a call to be heavily involved with the parish’s partner church and school in Maniche, Haiti.  As a result, I have been to Haiti five times on meaningful mission trips.  My involvement has continued following my move to Denver in 2014 with the Colorado Haiti Project.

Professionally, I work for CDM Smith as a transportation planner, project manager, and regional manger.  I have been with the same firm or one its predecessors for 16 years, albeit in three different cities.  My hobbies include hiking and curling (the Olympic ice sport).  In fact I won a skills competition this past fall and as a result we now have a Church of the Ascension logo on the ice in Golden where I play.  I have also been an avid Broncos fan since Jr. High so I am pleased to finally live in my football home.

I look forward to the opportunity to serve on our Vestry and would like to continue a focus on community building, faith formation, and growth in our outreach ministries.