Carol Mader, Vicar

Carol Mader, Vicar

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Mother Carol is our vicar and has been at Saint James for over five years. She has served in the Dioceses of Michigan, Arizona, and Indianapolis and was ordained as a priest in 1988. Carol has served as adjunct faculty and as an academic advisor at Lansing Community College. She has two grown children and a chocolate lab, Cocoa, who sometimes visits the church. She likes to go out for lunch, coffee, or a walk. Contact her at revcm@stjamesdexter.org to schedule an individual appointment.

Alice van Wambeke, Director of Music

Alice van Wambeke, Director of Music

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Alice grew up in Detroit and in seventh grade began playing for morning Mass at her Catholic school. She earned an undergraduate degree in music education and a master’s degree in organ performance from Eastern Michigan University. She has also studied harpsichord and early music at the University of Michigan. Alice has been organist and choirmaster at Saint James for seventeen years, directing both the adult and youth choirs. For seven years, she led a music series at the church with local musicians performing all styles of music. Her goal at Saint James is to perform music of the highest caliber to praise God through the arts.

Kathie Sandmaier, Director of Christian Formation

Kathie Sandmaier, Director of Christian Formation

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Kathie was raised in the Episcopal church and has been a church professional for over four decades. She defines her role as a traditional Christian catechist—a teacher of the faith who accompanies people of God on their journeys. Her methods engage children, adolescents, and adults so they are enabled not only to ask questions but to begin searching out answers on their own. Kathie views all people as theologians in their own right and learns from them every week as she facilitates adult Bible studies, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and other formation opportunities.

Keely Tamer, Office Manager

Keely Tamer, Office Manager

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Keely is a member of Saint James and is happy to become the office manager on an interim basis. Keely has been a member of Saint James since 2001 and served as co-warden from 2008–2012. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Education with a BAEd in secondary education and an MA in social studies education. She is also a graduate of Kent State University with an MA in sports administration. Among other roles over the years, she has been a field hockey coach at Dexter High School for the last 10 years and has recently been appointed president of the Michigan chapter of USA Field Hockey.