Vestry Bio – Kathy Eisel

Kathy Eisel has been an involved member of this parish community for over 30 years. “I have enjoyed worshiping and getting to know my brothers and sisters in Christ. We have a very special community and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it.”

Kathy is a cradle Episcopalian who was baptized in the community of St. Luke’s in 1960 by the Rev. Morton Kelsey. She married her husband Lester here in 1984. “After our wedding, the rector, Rev. Ev Simson, encouraged us to become more involved with the parish. Lester found his home in the choir and I was called to other ministries.”

As a member of this parish, Kathy has shared her time and talents in many different ways. In the past she has served as Senior Warden, Vestry member, Search Committee Chair, Profile Committee, Welcome Committee, Parish Delegate to Diocesan Convention, Diocesan Centennial Celebration parish rep, By-laws Committee, Office volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. Currently, she serves as Liturgical leader (scheduling and training), Lay Eucharistic Minister, Acolyte, Stewardship Committee, Legacy Committee, Altar Guild and SLUGs (St. Luke’s Unorthodox Gatherings).

Kathy’s work experience includes a 20-year career in retail management with Sears, Roebuck & Co, finishing as a Store Operations manager. For the past 15 years, she has worked for the State of California, first with the Compensation Insurance Fund as a workers’ compensation claims adjuster, then as a Senior Insurance Compliance Officer in the Health Claims Bureau of the Department of Insurance, investigating consumer and health care provider complaints against insurance companies. “I have been blessed in how my work has helped me share the love of Christ by word and example.”

As many parishioners know, Kathy is involved with Scottish activities as a certified Scottish Highland dance teacher.  Her group, the Gordon Highlanders, meets on Thursday nights at St. Luke’s, and trains dancers of all ages to compete in competitions and to perform in local shows. She is also currently the Vice-Chairperson for the United Scottish Society and past Chairperson of Clans of the Highlands, two local groups working to continue the traditions of Scotland.