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Annual Meeting - Election Candidates

On January 26, 2020, we will meet for ONE service at 9:00 am, to be followed by our Annual Meeting starting at 10:00 am, and a brunch-social after the Annual Meeting.  At our Annual Meeting, several members of our congregation are offering of their time and talent for election to service in lay-leadership positions at Trinity Memorial. Please get to know the candidates!

Darlene Croston - Warden (1st term; 2 years)


Darlene is making herself available to serve as Warden. She is a native of Geneseo, New York. She is the adopted daughter and granddaughter of evangelical ministers, and has years of experience teaching Sunday School; she started playing the piano for church services at the age of 13.  She earned an Associates and Bachelors of Historical Studies at Empire State College. Darlene worked for Broome County for 12 years; she recently started working for New York State as a Contract Management Specialist for the New York State Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. 

Darlene joined the US Navy in 2006. During 2011-2012 she was mobilized to Asadabad, Afghanistan. She was selected for the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E7) in August of 2012. In 2018, Darlene was mobilized again to Kabul, Afghanistan as the Staff Assistant to Commander, United States Forces-Afghanistan/Resolute Support.


Her military service awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), and the Combat Action Badge.


Darlene currently resides in Binghamton, New York, with her husband, David.  Her volunteer work includes serving as the Quartermaster at VFW Post 478, Eucharistic Visitor for Trinity Memorial Church, and as a Past President of the Binghamton Breakfast Rotary Club.

Phyllis Amenda - Vestry (2nd term; 3 years)


January 2020 marks Phyllis Amenda’s  21st year at Trinity.  She moved to the Triple Cities to pursue a Ph.D. at Binghamton University. She fell in love with the area and never left. During her years at Trinity, she has served as an acolyte, worship leader and eucharistic minister. She is completing her first term on vestry. When not at church, she is an adjunct history teacher at SUNY Broome Community College. She owns Folded Corner Books, an online bookstore.  She lives in Endicott with her housemate, Lea; their dog, Hamilton; and their cat, Cassiopeia.

Susan Hanes – Vestry (2nd term; 3 years)


Susan was born and raised in Beaumont, TX.  Her hometown is on the Gulf Coast and near Louisiana.  Her mother's family settled in this part of Louisiana about 300 years ago, and so Susan has deep Southern roots.  She went to the University of Houston, and then Stanford University for graduate school in Economics. She met her husband, Christopher Hanes, when both lived in Philadelphia, where she was a faculty member at Temple University and he at the University of Pennsylvania.  Subsequently, she and Chris moved to Washington, DC and then Oxford, Mississippi before settling permanently in this area.  

Susan Wolcott (her maiden name) and husband Christopher Hanes joined the faculty at Binghamton University in the Economics Department in 2003. Susan focuses on economic history, international economics, and labor economics. She was born and raised a Roman Catholic.  Their sons, Peter and Thomas (now 25 and 21), were baptized as Catholic. When Tom was a baby, and Peter a toddler, just Peter and Susan went to Mass together.  When the family lived in Mississippi, the children were a little older, and Susan wanted Chris to come to services to set a good example. He said he would if Susan and the children converted to the faith he was raised in, the Episcopal Church.  Susan believed he said this because he thought she would never agree and he could continue to spend Sunday mornings reading the newspaper. But Susan’s mother had passed on by that time, and would never know, and so she agreed to the switch. The boys are confirmed Episcopalians.  At Trinity, Susan had been involved in Christian Education when the children, were younger. She now is a "counter". The whole family has been very happy at Trinity, which in the South would be called their "Church Home".

Steve Crowle – Vestry (1st term; 3 years)


Steve grew up in suburban Philadelphia and met his wife, Barbara, at West Chester University, where they both earned Music Education degrees.  Job opportunities brought Steve to the Southern Tier where he taught music for 34 years in Windsor and Vestal School Districts, retiring in 2015.  He also served as the Music Department Chair in Vestal for 25 years. Steve also served as Director of music for 27 years at a local Methodist church before retiring and coming to Trinity.  Barbara and Steve have one son, Brennan, who lives in NJ and works as a financial analyst for Johnson & Johnson.

"Although music brought me to Trinity, I have discovered a wonderfully warm, inviting congregation.  It’s a diverse fellowship, full of spiritual people. exploring the scriptures as they relate to modern day challenges.  I am honored to serve in the Vestry.”


Gary Muehlbauer - Vestry (2nd term; three years)


Gary Muehlbauer has been a member of Trinity Memorial for eight years. He has served as Clerk of the Vestry, Treasurer, and is making himself available to serve a second term as a member of the Vestry. He has been an active member of various  committees and is currently on our Building & Grounds Committee.


Gary is married to Janice; they have two grown children, son and daughter, who are married with their own children; Gary and Jan are proud grandparents of one granddaughter, two grandsons, and one more grandson coming in May 2020.

He retired from a career in sales in 2016 and now is active working part time in personal transportation. He very much enjoys attending the services at Trinity and participating in other activities sponsored by the church.