Clergy Staff

Leadership Staff

The Rev’d Dr. Anita Louise Schell

Anita began her tenure as the 18th rector of Emmanuel Church on Mother’s Day 2010. She is native to Lancaster…

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Waylon Whitley

Waylon Whitley is organist and choirmaster at Emmanuel Church, where he conducts the Emmanuel Choir…

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Carissa M. Perkowski

A native of Litchfield, CT, Carissa is thrilled to be the Director of Emmanuel Day School.

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Anne Sherman

Edith Anne Sherman (Annie) was born right here in Newport, and was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Church. In her younger years, she operated an infant and toddler day-care licensed under what is now DCYF.

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Xander Wilkinson

xanderAlexander (Xander) Wilkinson first came to Emmanuel Church in late 1990. When he joined the Emmanuel family…

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Jordan Sleeper

Jordan began working at Emmanuel in September 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from URI and…

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EDS

The Rev’d Dr. Anita Louise Schell

Anita began her tenure as the 18th rector of Emmanuel Church on Mother’s Day 2010. She is native to Lancaster…

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Carissa M. Perkowski

A native of Litchfield, CT, Carissa is thrilled to be the Director of Emmanuel Day School.

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Kate Frantz

Kate is our Lead Teacher. She joined the EDS teaching staff in September of 2011.

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Terri Traeger

Terri has been with Emmanuel Day School since 2005 and enjoys working with young children.

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Sarah Evans

Originally from Randolph, New Jersey she now calls Newport her home. She lives with her new baby daughter Blake and husband!

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Teachers

Kate Frantz

Kate is our Lead Teacher. She joined the EDS teaching staff in September of 2011.

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Terri Traeger

Terri has been with Emmanuel Day School since 2005 and enjoys working with young children.

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Sarah Evans

Originally from Randolph, New Jersey she now calls Newport her home. She lives with her new baby daughter Blake and husband!

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Vestry

The Rev’d Dr. Anita Louise Schell

Anita began her tenure as the 18th rector of Emmanuel Church on Mother’s Day 2010. She is native to Lancaster…

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Ellen Vadney

Ellen Vadney has been a member of Emmanuel since 1998. She is currently a member of the choir and serves as a Eucharistic minister. She has served on the vestry once or twice, and has served as Junior Warden and Treasurer. She has served at the diocese on the board of Episcopal Charities and as […]

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Anne Sherman

Edith Anne Sherman (Annie) was born right here in Newport, and was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Church. In her younger years, she operated an infant and toddler day-care licensed under what is now DCYF.

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Ron Fleming

Ron Fleming and his wife Pam, live in Newport and have been parishioners at Emmanuel Church since April 2013. Ron was born into a Northern Baptist tradition, changing to a Methodist Church in his teens. In the 1990’s Pam and Ron began worshipping at an Episcopalian Church, Christ Church, in Needham, MA. Ron was confirmed […]

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Sarah Atkins

Sarah Whitehouse Atkins moved to live full time in a family home in Newport five years ago, with her husband and three teenage children. She has been involved with the Episcopal Church since her days at the National Cathedral School, serving as a school acolyte at the Washington National Cathedral, and later as a member […]

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Debra Venancio

  Debra Venancio joins the Vestry to fulfill a vacated seat. Her lifetime experience includes 42 years of practice at Newport Hospital as both a staff nurse and an administrator with her main focus in the Intensive care Unit for eleven years and in Obstetrics for thirty-one years. As an Emmanuelite, Deb was baptized and […]

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Janet Park

Janet Conroy Park was born in Newport, and lived in Connecticut for most of her life. In 2014, she realized her dream of moving to Newport. Janet has continued her career in Special Education and works as a teacher assistant. Janet loves living here, and enjoys welcoming friends and family, especially her children and grandchildren. […]

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Courtney Crimi

Courtney grew up on Long Island and her first arrival to Rhode Island was during Architecture School at Roger Williams University in 1987. Upon graduation she pursued her career for two years in San Francisco and then for 20 years in Manhattan. During her Manhattan time she was continually drawn to Newport and frequently spent […]

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