Staff

  • The Reverend Linda Mahler, Deacon

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    The reverend Linda Mahler was ordained a deacon in 2020. She was raised up for the diaconate by All Souls Episcopal Church here in DC, where she was baptized nine years ago. Linda has been a lifelong advocate for people with disabilities, first as a disability rights lawyer, then as a special education teacher. She is currently pursuing a vocation in healthcare chaplaincy.
     
    Linda brings to her diaconal ministry a passion for spiritual formation, social justice, and pastoral care. She loves to create safe and sacred spaces in which people feel able to share about their spiritual journey and their deeply felt emotions. Linda is eager to join with the parishioners of St. Thomas in discerning the needs of the community and ministering to our most vulnerable and marginalized and neighbors.
     
    Linda lives in northwest Washington, DC with her beloved wife Nancy and their cat Noodle.

  • The Reverend Lisa Saunders Ahuja, Rector

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    The Rev. Lisa Saunders Ahuja was ordained to the priesthood in 2007 at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square after graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity.

    She has served churches in Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and Texas. Before moving to Washington D.C., she lived in Australia for four years, and served as a chaplain in Anglican schools there. In January of 2020 she returned to the Episcopal Diocese of Washington to serve here at St. Thomas’ Parish as the Priest in Charge. In October 2020 she accepted the call to serve as our rector. She and her husband Salil are delighted to be part of this vibrant community.

  • Michael Lodico, Music Director

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    Michael Lodico is a highly skilled organist and seasoned director of music ministry. He has a Bachelor of Music, from the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA , was a Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands, and received a Master of Music, from the Het Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2006. He has been the Director of Choral Activities at St. Anselm’s Abbey School since 2006. While at St. Anselm’s, Michael has concurrently served a few parishes as Director of Music Ministry. First at Wye Episcopal Church, Maryland, and then moving to St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square. At St. John’s, Michael first served as Associate Music Director and Organist, then served as the Interim Music Director, and then Director of Music Ministry and Organist. He has provided leadership in the American Guild of Organist and the wider Episcopal Church.

  • Ka Lam, Parish Administrator

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  • Tyrone Moore, Sexton
  • Diana Diaz, Nursery Attendant Diana Diaz, Nursery Attendant

    Raised in the great Washington D.C. and still a fellow Washingtonian. I went on to attend Trinity University, an all women college and obtained a psychology degree in order to understand the world around me and to help others. Afterwards I began jobs that included working DCPS and organizations in the area helping out communities. That’s when my path to using art as way to help others began and I attended George Washington University for a masters in art therapy. My goal is to someday make and create alongside others for healing.

  • Kristine Kwamena-Poh, Nursery Attendant Kristine Kwamena-Poh, Nursery Attendant

    Hello! I’m 28 years old. My family is from Ghana, West Africa. I’m a mother to one daughter whom I adore. I’ve always enjoyed working with children and look forward to being a part of the St. Thomas Parish Staff.

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