The Rev. Canon Mark K. J. Robinson, Rector
Our sixth Rector, The Rev Canon Mark K.J. Robinson, was raised in the Diocese of Ohio. He came east to High School before returning to Ohio to attend Kenyon College after which he worked in independent schools as a history teacher and assistant to the School Minister. It was after teaching Mark felt the call to the ordained ministry and became a catechist with the Anglican Church in Canada serving on the northern tip of Newfoundland-Labrador in the Parish of St. Anthony in 1984. After a year on the ‘rock’, Mark attended The Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While in seminary Mark met Eleanor who was working as Public relations director for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. They were married in 1987. The Robinson’s have three daughters, Sewell, Kenyon ’12, Frances, St. Lawrence ’13, and Ren, Colby College ’17.
Mark was ordained in 1988 in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. He began his ordained life at St. John’s, Lafayette Square “Church of the Presidents”, Washington, D.C. before moving to school ministry as school minister for St. Andrew’s School in Bethesda, Maryland. While serving at St. Andrews Episcopal School, Mark developed a relationships with a school in the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras , and then developed an exchange with Bishop’s School, the Diocese of Cape Town where his family lived in 1993. He served concurrently as Assistant Rector at St. Francis Parish in Potomac, Maryland. Mark was called to serve as Rector at Calvary Church in Stonington, Connecticut where he assisted in the rebuilding of the physical plant, started Calvary Nursery School and Calvary Music School and served for 16 years as Rector. Mark served as Dean of the Seabury Deanery, served on Committee One, and four years on the standing committee before becoming its President. Mark was called to serve as Canon for Mission, the Diocese of Ohio in 2009 before coming to Old Lyme as Rector in 2011.
Since coming to Old Lyme, Mark has been an avid supporter in working together with the other churches in our region to create constructive responses to regional challenges. He is serving on Project Hope’s Board of directors, supporting affordable housing for our region, is a founder of (MCCD), and is active on his bike, on courts, and seen walking his dogs about town.
In summary, over the years Mark has served as a school Chaplain, assistant rector, pastoral care associate, rector and Canon for Mission on a Diocesan Bishop’s staff. He is thankful for all the opportunities God has provided.
Kathy Rowe, Parish Administrator
Kathy is a cradle Episcopalian and has been employed at Saint Ann’s since 1996. Prior to Saint Ann’s, Kathy attended Bryant University in Rhode Island and worked at Turbo Products in Ivoryton, CT as Secretary to the Sales Department.
She is married with two adult children. A passion for Kathy is ballroom dancing. Although her husband doesn’t share an interest in this sport, she and Jeff run and bike together just about everyday. Fitness is a major component in leading a healthy, balanced life.
Violeta Chan-Scott, Organist/Choir Director
Violeta Chan-Scott has been an active recitalist in the area for the past 15 years. She has given solo recitals in many churches including the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She also did further studies at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule in Germany.
Kori Pacyniak, Assistant to the Rector for Christian Formation and Communication
Born and raised in Chicago, Kori Pacyniak came east to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and acquired a B.A., double majoring in Religion/Biblical Literature and Portuguese/Brazilian Studies and subsequently a Master in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has studied in Italy, Poland, and Brazil and served as a delegate from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on social justice trips to Israel and Palestine. Kori served as a parish intern at St. Luke’s and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Boston, and also as assistant chaplain at Suffolk University. Previously, Kori was scholar in residence at the Religious Institute in Westport, where she learned to hone her social media skills. Since then, she serves as social media maven for TransEpiscopal, a branch of IntegrityUSA, and assists religious non-profits with their communication strategies. Kori brings a depth of experience to her position at Saint Ann’s. While serving the Saint Ann’s community, she will continue to work part-time for the Diocese of Connecticut as Communications Specialist, while also pursuing a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) at Boston University. Kori lives in Massachusetts and while there enjoys spending time outdoors or with her three cats.
Madhu Maheswhari, Nearly New Shop Manager
Colleen Gebhart, Nearly New Shop Assistant Manager
Dick Lamourine, Building & Grounds Contractor