Officer Nominations

Congregational Meeting
December 14, 2014


Jillian Bales
Jillian has attended Calvary since 2001, and became a member in 2005. She works for Wells Fargo Bank, where she leads training for the Global Banking group as it pertains to the Global Expansion. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, and being outdoors running, hiking, and enjoying all the amazing activities the Bay Area has to offer. She lives in the Inner Richmond with her husband Thom, their three daughters, and their black lab Winston.

Ellen Champlin (Class of 2015)
Ellen (Ellie) joined Calvary in 1996 after first becoming a member of First Presbyterian, Baton Rouge, Louisiana at age nine, and later moving to Hanover Presbyterian, Wilmington, Delaware. At Calvary she was president of the Ambassadors singles group, where she met and married Clarence. As an Elder for many years, she has served as Clerk of Session; and served as Chair of Commissions. Currently she is a permanent outside greeter for the Calvary Open House during the Fillmore Jazz Festival, and housing chair for the Mt. Hermon All-Church Retreat. Ellie was happily married to Clarence until his death in 2008. She continues to enjoy their now adult children. Rev. Cary Champlin Young resides with her husband, Terry, and seven-year-old daughter, Katherine, in Tampa, Florida. Son John married Beth Wilson on June 1, 2013, and they live in San Francisco.

Lois Dress
Lois has been a member of Calvary for over 20 years and has served as an Elder, a Deacon, Moderator of the Board of Deacons, and on various Mission Teams. A retiree of Levi Strauss & Co., she enjoys spending time with her daughter Erin in New York City.

Jennifer Gee
Jen has been attending Calvary for about 14 years and has served two prior terms as an Elder. She is currently the chair of Personnel, a mission team that provides support for Calvary’s wonderful pastors and staff, as well as being the oversight body for the church’s HR practices and policies. Jen has also served as a Deacon and is a long-time Sunday School teacher. Her favorite part of every year is helping lead the youth mission trip, which is exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time. She is particularly excited these days by the vision we’ve set for Calvary in calling on all of us to use our many gifts to make a difference in breaking cycles of poverty in our community. In her “day job,” Jen leads Corporate Affairs for Gap Inc.’s China and Japan retail businesses.

Stephanie Gee (Class of 2016)
Stephanie was baptized at Calvary and grew up attending the church with her parents. She is an active member of the Calvary Young Adults group, a Sunday School teacher to the youth, and she recently participated in the Adult Mission trip to Guatemala. Stephanie is also an avid traveler, baker, coffee drinker, and walker. She currently works as a Project Manager at Google in San Francisco. Stephanie is very excited to join Session where she plans to help organize next year’s Mission Trip.

Helen Huckleberry
Helen Huckleberry has been a member of Calvary for about 15 years. In 2013, she completed her term as Elder and Chair of the Fellowship Commission. Previously, she was a Deacon Moderator. She has also enjoyed being Chair of Mt. Hermon, the Children’s Mission Team, and the Nursery Mission Team. She has served on Calvary Nursery School’s Board of Directors as a church representative for 6 years. She is married to Geoff, and they have two boys, Ryan and Sean, and a dog Tilly. Helen works as a full-time marketing consultant at Amyris, a renewable products company, in their cosmetics business. She enjoys traveling, nature, biking, and spending time with family.

Fran Johns
A lifelong newspaper & magazine writer, Fran wrote a paid blog for True/ until its purchase by Forbes in 2010. She has published fiction & nonfiction, most recently Perilous Times: An inside look at abortion before – and after – Roe v Wade. She has served Calvary in a number of capacities, including as a member of Session and a term as Deacon Moderator. Mother of three and grandmother of five, she recently moved to The Carlisle with her husband, Bud.

Joni Lachman
Joni is a life-long Presbyterian, growing up attending First Presbyterian Church in Ada, Oklahoma. She moved to New York for college and graduate school, and has lived in San Francisco for the past 20 years. She lives in the Marina with her husband, Mark. They have two daughters at Convent High School, Grace and Lillian. Joni’s entire professional career has been in human service non-profits and she just celebrated her 15-year anniversary at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. When rare free time comes around, she loves to travel, attend the ballet, entertain family, and read the Sunday NY Times, biographies, mysteries and all kinds of fiction.

Neal Ward
Neal grew up in Indiana in a small rural farming community where he attended the Federated Church, which was a combination of Baptist and Presbyterian. His professional career led him to Chicago, St. Louis, New York City and finally to San Francisco in 1987. He just celebrated his 25th year with McGuire Real Estate where he sells residential real estate. Neal started regularly attending Calvary about 4 years ago, and became a member in 2014. After becoming a member he continued his journey by going on the Adult Mission Trip to Guatemala. Neal looks forward to worship services because he feels Gods presence at Calvary, opening his heart, mind and soul and making him grow and learn to be a better Christian.


Sarah Anderson
Sarah grew up at Calvary before she and her family moved away for a time. She happily returned in 2012. A former member of the children’s choir, she has been delighted to be in the Chancel Choir for the past couple of years. An avid reader, she recently joined the Library Mission Team and is excited to be serving as a Deacon for the first time. She also enjoys learning about pipe organs. Sarah is part of the office staff for a fundraising consulting firm that works with nonprofits.

Brent Arslaner
Brent and his wife, Tricia, grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and have been Calvary members since 2005. They have three children: Sloan (10), Elle (5) and Bianca (2). Brent helped launch the Green Team at Calvary, focused on environmental sustainability. For the last 20 years Brent has been a technology executive for various Silicon Valley start-ups. He enjoys running, traveling and spending time with his family.

Larry Boysen
Larry, born and raised in San Francisco, has been a Calvary member for exactly one year. He’s a member of the Usher team, as well as the Senior group. Larry worked as a draftsman for 25 years, dabbled in radio broadcasting as a volunteer, and is currently “retired”. Larry was the organist for three Masonic Lodges and Scottish Rite, as well as volunteer organist for St. Luke’s Hospital Chapel. Larry’s interests include music, vintage radios, phonographs and records. He also enjoys American industrial history, keeping the old technologies alive, “Golden Age” of ocean liners, and railroads. Larry also believes that keeping a young attitude is a very important “vocation”!

Ann Daugherty (Class of 2015)
Ann was raised simultaneously as an Episcopalian (her mother) and Presbyterian (her father) before making a profession of faith to a small Christian Reformed Church in Michigan, where she grew up. Ann’s strong interest in theology led to her to attend Calvin College and Seminary her first two years of college. Later, upon attending a service at Calvary: “it just felt right” and she joined the Choir, becoming a member shortly thereafter. Ann continues to be active and will serve another year as a Deacon, a second time.

Anita Fitzgerald
This will be Anita’s third term as a Deacon. She has been a member of the choir since 1993 and finally joined the church in 2000, Calvary being the only church she had ever attended. Anita served as a Stephen Minister for several years and was part of the Calvary Theater Group. Before retiring in 2006, she worked in the retail packaging business. Anita now spends most of her time walking the streets of the Outer Sunset with her dog and helping friends whose health is a bit more compromised than her own. Anita volunteers for a theater group in Pacifica and enjoys cooking, gardening, painting (oil being her favorite medium), dancing and, of course, singing.

Amy Garant
Amy grew up in Quincy, Illinois, and attended the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where she has fond memories of attending Sunday School and singing in the Children’s Choir. She moved to San Francisco in 1983 and loves living in California. Most recently, Amy worked at Levi Strauss & Co. where, in addition to her job in merchandising operations, she planned and organized numerous volunteer activities to support non-profit organizations. She was first drawn to Calvary when she heard the choir singing on the steps on an Easter weekend, which felt both joyful and welcoming. She joined Calvary in 1995 and currently serves on the Fine Arts Committee and the Alternate Services Committee. Amy is grateful for the opportunity to serve as a Deacon and is looking forward to supporting the church’s mission and serving members with care, connection, and support.

Eben Garnett
Eben grew up near Memphis, Tennessee and has lived in San Francisco for the past nine years. He graduated from Princeton University and worked in Fixed Income Derivatives at Morgan Stanley for fifteen years in New York, London, and San Francisco. He married Dr. Bella Shen Garnett in the Calvary Chapel ten years ago and became a church member shortly thereafter. Together, they have two young daughters, Maisy (6) and Lucy (1). Eben enjoys spending time with friends and family, and is very excited to serve the church community.

Joan Kwansa
Joan has been a member of Calvary’s Choir for more than 20 years. Through Calvary she has volunteered at the homeless shelter dinners and served at Martin de Porres. Joan is also a member of the Seniors group. In the community, Joan participates in many roles: at the Opera and Ballet as a supernumerary, light walker and usher. Currently Joan can be seen on stage for The Nutcracker. She has volunteered for the City Concierge and is a teaching assistant for piano classes at SF City College.

Ferris Saydah
Ferris is a lifelong Presbyterian and has been a member of Calvary since 2003, previously serving as a Deacon. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey, a wonderful suburban town. In 1950, after graduating from Lehigh University, he became a refueling tanker pilot in the Air Force. Following military service, Ferris became a realtor, which he did for his entire career, and had several offices in northern New Jersey. He and his wife, Lenore, have been married for 60 years, have six children and eight grandchildren.

Kathy Smolen
Kathy was raised Lutheran in a Chicago neighborhood full of Swedish immigrants like her father, and remembers listening as a child to Aunt Teresa tell Bible stories on the Moody Bible Institute radio station. She moved to San Francisco in 1983 and began inviting travelers staying at the nearby Ft. Mason Youth Hostel to come over for dinner. This became her window to the world and many of these travelers have become lifelong friends (her Christmas card list is arranged according to country). Then one Sunday in the early 1990’s she visited Calvary and heard Laird Stuart preach and heard the choir sing. It felt as if God must be in this place. She’s been singing in the choir, along with her son and daughter-in-law, ever since, and has come to truly appreciate God’s presence in the Calvary community.

Tina Tran
Tina was born in Saigon, Vietnam and came to the US at the age of 4. She is Vice President of Business Development for Halfbrick Studios, the mobile game studio behind iconic hits Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. Tina grew up in Southern California, graduated from UCLA, and has since lived and worked in New York, Heidelberg and London, before settling in San Francisco. She became a member of Calvary this year, after attending for 14 years. Tina is on the Calvary Poverty Task Force, has served meals at Martin de Porres and with the Interfaith Council, and previously performed with the Calvary Theater Group. An Avid eater and explorer of foreign places, people often wonder if she has a hollow leg or a real job. Tina enjoys dragging friends on hikes and urban walks, and is known for her love of spontaneous fun, and ability to drive, while singing, dancing, and clapping to Hall & Oates. Her guilty pleasures are Mariah Carey, cream puffs, and often eating more than one or two of Chef Erica’s home-baked treats during Coffee Hour.



Jae Lim
Jae is part of Calvary because the church represents the inclusion and love of all people, a fundamental tenet of Christianity. Jae has been in financial services for over 20 years across multiple functions. Currently, he is the Managing Partner of Cap Accel, LP. Previously he was the Head of Capital Markets at SoFi, Inc.; Partner at New Forest Partners, LLC, advisory and investment firm in financial services; Principal at Belvedere Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity fund focused on the US banking space. Earlier in his career he was with McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, Transamerica Corporation and Smith Barney, Inc. Jae’s outdoor hobbies include running, cycling and golf and his indoor hobbies include literature and modern art/architecture.



Jim Dees
Jim joined Calvary in 1995. He became a Deacon and Moderator of Deacons soon after. He was asked by an Associate Pastor to begin a Stephen Ministry with Carol Carruba in 1996, which very quickly became an important part of Calvary’s mission. In 1999 an announcement was made from the pulpit that Calvary needed a volunteer director. With Jim’s non-profit background, he applied for the position and was hired, after which the volunteer ministry morphed into Equipping Ministry. He was Director of Equipping until his retirement in 2009.

Ruth Ellen Miller
Ruth Ellen started attending Calvary on Easter in 1995, and was baptized and joined in October of the same year. She has served as a Deacon, several times on short terms and most recently from 2011-2013. She lives and works in San Francisco.

Christina Stephens
Christina was born in Hollywood, California. Her grandparents on one side were Baptist Missionaries in India, and on the other, a Baptist minister. Christina moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley in the mid 60’s (and, yes DOES remember the 60’s). She enjoyed a career in interior design before first two sons were born, quickly followed by the birth of another two. Christina has been a member of Calvary since 1969, and has been singing in the Chancel Choir for about 20 years. Her four sons were baptized by Drs. Young and Emerson. Christina has been volunteering at St. Martin de Porres since working a shift with Calvary about six years ago. Her life pleasures are her 5 (so far) grandchildren, far-flung travels (often hiking or biking), golf, skiing and yoga. Christina has previously served as a Deacon and is truly excited to be a member of this growing, energized and ever-forward moving and inclusive church, and looks forward to serving on the Churchwide Nominating Committee.

Huntly Klimchalk
Huntly and her husband, Sean, have been attending Calvary since 2005. After three years in Tokyo, they returned to San Francisco in 2010, and welcomed their daughter, Anna, shortly after. They have all loved being a part of the Calvary family and its wonderful community. Together with their dog, Coal, they enjoy exploring the City and their Eureka Valley neighborhood.