People

Leadership Staff

Reverend Della Wager Wells

Emmanuel Church welcomes Della Wager Wells as our Priest in Charge beginning September 1, 2019.  Reverend Della Wager Wells is a cradle Episcopalian and has been an active layperson from her childhood in Watertown, New York, to her adult years in Atlanta, Georgia, at the large urban parish where she was senior warden and developed […]

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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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Jean Lewis

Jean joins Emmanuel Church as our Wedding Coordinator.  She has spent the past five years working for the Newport Bridal Show, Newport Wedding Magazine, and Newport Life Magazine.  Jean received her Master’s Degree in Communications Management from Simmons University and Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Salem State University.  She lives in Newport with her husband.  […]

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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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Raymond Buttero

Raymond Buttero will be the new organist and choirmaster at Emmanuel Church, where he conducts the Emmanuel Choir and the Emmanuel Angel Choir, a collaboration of Emmanuel Church, the Choir School of Newport County, and Emmanuel Day School.  He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music Degree from New England Conversatory, and has also studied […]

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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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EDS

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

Reverend Della Wager Wells

Emmanuel Church welcomes Della Wager Wells as our Priest in Charge beginning September 1, 2019.  Reverend Della Wager Wells is a cradle Episcopalian and has been an active layperson from her childhood in Watertown, New York, to her adult years in Atlanta, Georgia, at the large urban parish where she was senior warden and developed […]

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Lil Hargrove

Lil Hargrove was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York and baptized at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. She resides in Newport, has five children, twelve grandchildren, and two great granddaughters affectionately named Lillian and Mabel. Lil’s commitment to, and love of, Emmanuel began with her teaching Sunday School. Her undying […]

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Debra Venancio

  Debra Venancio will serve as the Junior Warden for the next two years. 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 […]

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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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Margaret Keiran

Margaret Keiran grew up in Connecticut where she attended church at the United Church of Christ, Congregational. After becoming a nurse, she lived in New Hampshire and eventually Massachusetts. She attended Simmons College and has been a Nurse Practitioner for the past 30 years. She met her husband Steve in Boston, and they enjoy a […]

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Catherine Curtis

Catherine Curtis moved to Newport in 2012 and began attending services at Emmanuel Church in 2017. She was baptized at Good Samaritan in Paoli Pa but grew up in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. She was educated at Phillips Exeter and Yale University where she received a BA in Near Eastern Studies. Catherine has worked as a […]

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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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Kevin Venancio

Kevin Venancio has been a member here for most of his life. He was baptized at St Mary’ s Church in Portsmouth and was confirmed here at Emmanuel. Kevin was an acolyte until he went to college. He currently sings in the choir and has been a lector in the past. Kevin graduated from the […]

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Vicki Hicks

Vickie Hicks was raised on Aquidneck Island and her family on both sides, and going far back, are Newporters, so she has a great affection for the town, its history, and people. She was raised in the Roman Catholic faith, but converted to the Episcopal faith in her college years and was received into the […]

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Phil Schmitt

Phil Schmitt came to Newport to assume the position of medical director for the partial health program at Newport Hospital. He is also on the teaching staff for Brown University medical students when they rotate through Newport Hospital. He graduated from Georgetown University and was chief medical resident in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hopkins. […]

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