2018 Nominations

The Following People were elected at the Annual Meeting to serve a three year term on the Vestry:

Tahnee Jackson Whitlock

That’s me on the left and my best friend and husband (Cordell) on the right!  I’m the very proud mother of two little ladies (Channing and Jordan), and a small business owner.  I’ve been attending The Episcopal Church of Holy Communion since before the birth of my little ones; 8am service BC (before children) and 10:30 am service thereafter.  I tell everyone Holy Communion is amazing for us.  It’s been an insightful, open, and loving experience from the very beginning.   I hope to return tenfold all of the blessing Holy Communion has bestowed upon us.

Rudy Nickens

I first visited Holy Communion twenty years ago. After a few months of being a visitor, it was clear to me that I had found a new church home.  During my time here I have served on a few committees. I served on the Strategic Planning Committee and represented Holy Communion as a delegate to the diocesan convention for several years.  I have been a lay reader, and have served as chair of the stewardship campaign.  By far one of my favorite committees has been Sunday breakfast.  I attend the 8:00 service.

I was confirmed at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church as a young adult, and served in a variety of roles there, including cook, vestry, Junior Warden, and representative on the diocesan task force on AIDS.

My vocation is in the field of diversity and inclusion.  Currently I serve as Chief Diversity Officer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, and I served the community as Director of Racial Equity for the Ferguson Commission.  I am fortunate to work locally, nationally and internationally on a variety of programs especially in the areas of racism and sexism.  I serve as trustee on the Deaconess Foundation and as commissioner on the Tower Grove Park. 

I am honored to be a member of Holy Communion and look forward to serving on the vestry.

Susan Norris

Susan currently serves as Junior Warden of the Vestry and was elected for a second term

I grew up in a liberal Lutheran Church in San Francisco Bay Area.  I joined Holy Communion in ~2011 with my family, Ben (14), Gavin (12), and my husband Tom.  I have been serving as the Junior Warden since summer of 2016 as well as being involved in adult forum planning, the garden, the renovation of Gannon House, the Party and Prayer Committee as well as ushering.  I continue to be amazed what can be done through combined the hands of many and I look forward to watching Holy Communion’s role in the community grow.  As a family, we can be found at the 10:30 service most Sundays. 

Professionally, I am entering my 20th year at Monsanto as a Plant Biologist, currently leading a software team developing software applications for scientists.


The following person was elected to fulfill a one year vacancy on the vestry:

Megan Ondr

Megan is a native to St. Louis and grew up in the Southern Baptist Church. She worked as an intern at her church’s youth group while in graduate school. After earning her Master of Social Work from SLU in 2015, Megan sought out a diverse and welcoming church with a passion for social justice. She and her fiancé Bryant have been attending Holy Communion since fall 2015. Megan was confirmed and became a member of Holy Communion in February 2016. Megan serves as an usher for 10:30 services and was the chair of Mary Haggerty’s discernment committee last year.
Outside of the church, Megan is passionate about her job as the Manager of Analysis & Outcomes at Voices for Children, a nonprofit advocating for children in foster care in St. Louis. She loves to read, travel with Bryant, and cuddle with their Mini Aussie, Bear. She would be honored for the opportunity to serve Holy Communion through being a member of the vestry.

The following person was elected to serve a three year term as delegate to Diocesan Convention:

Christian Davis

Christian has grown up in the the Diocese of Missouri. He moved to Holy Communion in August 2016 to attend church with his grandmother, Jean, and his father, Warren. Most Sundays, you can see him moving his mouth alongside the other choir members who are singing. He has also not been able to dodge the Acolyte Draft.
Currently, Christian is a student at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park where he is contemplating a hospitality management degree. As well as being a student, Christian also works as a Development Associate at Gateway180, a local homeless shelter in St. Louis. In his free time, he enjoys studying and preparing for tests. He also has appeared in several plays with local repertory theatre companies.
Christian is extremely thrilled and honored to be nominated further serve and represent Holy Communion as a Delegate at Diocesan Convention.