2023 Cathedral Chapter Candidates
At our Annual Meeting on January 29th, we will vote to elect three new members of the Cathedral Chapter, our lay governing body. You may click here for more on the Chapter and the Cathedral’s governance structure.
The following individuals will stand for election to replace our three outgoing members:
An Arizona native and Air Force brat, Julia grew up throughout the southwest. She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music after which she moved to New York City where she lived for 3 years. Returning to AZ in early 2001, she worked for The Princeton Review, tried her hand at teaching Kindergarten for a couple of years, and finally landed at the Hillstone Restaurant Group as Admin Extraordinaire! In her former life, she enjoyed many performing opportunities with local theater companies throughout the Valley as well as The Phoenix Symphony Chorus. In November 2015, however, she traded in her former life for motherhood – her biggest role yet.
A native Arizonan, Dr. William Conley, Ph.D., is currently retired after spending 42 years in education, teaching at the high school and university levels.
He has been attending Trinity since 2011, and was confirmed by Bishop Smith in 2013.
He attends the 10 a.m. service on Sundays, and volunteers as an usher and greeter.
He has been on a previous Trinity pilgrimage to the Holy Land, serves breakfast to our unhoused neighbors on Thanksgiving and Christmas and was involved in several committees as part of our Centennial Celebration.
Member of Trinity Choir from April 1997 to Present
Current member of the Cathedral Finance Committee
Past member of the Cathedral Chapter
Past Jr. Warden
Member of the past 2 dean search committies
Member of the past organist / choirmaster seach committee
I have seen the cathedral grow and change in the past 25 yers that I have attended. I would like to serve on the chapter to help guide our continued growth and participate in determaning solutions that we will face in the comming years, not only financially, but in our continued interaction with the community both inside the church and outside of our doors. With the growth that our area of Phoenix has experirienced and continues to sees, we have the unique opportunity to address the needs of our neighbors with new and existing programs.
Originally from Ocean Springs, MS, I moved from Atlanta to Phoenix in 1997 to find a church home at Trinity. I live in the Central Phoenix area with my 1-year-old Standard Poodle, Emily.
My name is Erik Durst and I’ve been a practicing Episcopalian since the late 1980s. I was a member of Trinity Episcopal Parish in downtown Seattle before relocating to Phoenix in 2004. I fully support Trinity Cathedral’s commitment to helping the transient population, assisting the families of students at Garfield Elementary with food/clothing drives, and being stewards of arts and culture within the community. As a downtown church, Trinity Cathedral wears many hats, and I’m proud to belong to a church that is as dedicated to social justice as it is about serving God. I’m married to my wife, Iris, and have 4 dogs.
Alicia Gonzalez Rivera
I am 38 years old, Mexican-American and a woman of faith. I’m also a mom of a set of wonderful twins, a happy wife and a proud daughter and sister. I’m the first generation graduate of San Diego State University in my family. I’m a social worker and I’m passionate about living intentionally and helping others.
My husband and I came to Trinity Cathedral seven years ago. We joined because of the strong sense of community, inclusion and respect for diversity.
I have been active in the Music Guild, the Grace Lutheran breakfast program for those experiencing homelessness, Trinity’s Thanksgiving and Christmas morning breakfasts, the Just Faith program, and am currently the organizer and now team leader for the Garfield pantry program.
As we move into the next decade, I would like to see more families in the congregation, fully restore our youth program, the financial health of the Cathedral strengthened, the enhancement of existing programs, focus on outreach and set goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
I am organized, creative, persistent, reliable, and work well with others.
I have also been told that I have a good sense of humor.
I grew up in Phoenix, and have been a lifelong Episcopalian. My family attended All Saints’ and in time after I married and had children I became the Sunday School Director and Youth Director for over 10 years. I was very involved with parish outreach opportunities: Andre House, ICM, and social activities for various parish age groups. I joined Trinity in 2005 and became a regular 8:00 attendee. My involvement with Trinity to date has been in the Altar Guild, Centennial Project, Community of Hope, and regular contributor to Garfield School. I feel I have a broad base of knowledge and experience to be an effective chapter member.