Erin Maus, Senior Warden
My ties to St. James Cathedral date to 1996, when I was looking for a church while attending law school. At St. James I found both a community of like-minded folks and a spiritual home. Since then, St. James has been the site of many of my happiest life moments and a place of comfort for my family. My husband Gary and I were married here in 2003. In 2007 and 2011, our children Mary Jane and Matthew were baptized. As promised during their baptisms, you welcomed them into the church with open arms.
I am committed to serve St. James in thanks for all that it has given my family. I currently serve as your Senior Warden and have previously served on the Stewardship Committee and the Search Committee that brought Dean Barrington to St. James. You can find me on Wednesday evenings at our new Evensong during which our Choristers sing, and most Sundays at the 9 a.m. service, the Deans Forum, or down with the Sunday School kids or parents. I am also an active volunteer in our Feeding Ministry.
When not taking the kids to swimming, soccer, art class or music lessons, I am a litigation partner at Baker McKenzie. I also work with many non-profits on governance and advocacy issues. I served on the governing board of directors for the Public Interest Law Initiative and am a current board member and past board president of the Center for Disability and Elder Law.
Craig Elder, Junior Warden
I have been attending St. James Cathedral since moving to Chicago in March 2015, having transferred from St. Paul’s Church in Milwaukee, WI. I previously attended Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, TN and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jonesboro, AR. At St. James, I am currently the Junior Warden and on the Usher Team. I am married to Arista Elder and have an adult son, Nathaniel, who lives in Memphis, TN.
I’m a Director at Robert W. Baird, serving as a senior fixed income analyst in the Private Wealth Management Equity and Fixed Income Research Group. I’m a member of Baird’s Investment Policy Committee and serve on the PWM Fixed Income Credit Committee. I have a BBA in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis and received a MBA with an emphasis in finance from Christian Brothers University in Memphis. I’m a member of the Fixed Income Analyst Society in New York, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the CFA Society of Chicago and the CFA Institute.
I began attending St. James Cathedral upon my arrival in Chicago in Fall 2017. Since becoming a member of the cathedral, I have volunteered to serve as a scripture reader, offer the prayers of the people, assist on the Gala Committee, and serve on the Invite-Welcome-Connect Committee.
Originally a South Dakota native, I attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the University of Bergen Norway, earning a B.A. degree in Political Science and Communications. In my work, I am Associate Director of Veteran Services at the University of Chicago and am pursuing a master’s degree in history at Roosevelt University. Prior to my arrival in Chicago, I served as an Armored Cavalry Captain in the U.S. Army where I was stationed in Georgia, Texas, Iraq, and Ethiopia among other locations.
I am excited to continue my service to the church, its mission, and its members.
I am a cradle Episcopalian who has attended St. James Cathedral on and off since moving to Chicago in 1998 and have attended regularly since the birth of my fist child in 2009. Now I have two kids who are active members of the church as well. My daughter Alba is 9 and sings with the choristers and my son Ashwin is 7 and can’t wait to join! We generally attend the 9 a.m. service and I often help in Sunday School classes during the 10 a.m. hour.
One of the things that is most important to me about St. James is the amount of social outreach we do. Our family supports the feeding ministry both as volunteers and financially. and I would love to see more community outreach as part of the mission of St. James.
In my “day job”, I am a managing director at Duff & Phelps, where I run our Midwest Transfer Pricing practice. I also serve as the Audit Chair and on the Board of Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare. I have an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Scripps College and am a Certified Business Economist™
I am currently serving a one-year unexpired term on the Cathedral Chapter. For the past 20 years, my career has focused in human rights as an advocate for women and girls, namely refugees and asylum seekers, especially those displaced throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. I have formerly worked for Amnesty International USA and The Parliament of the World’s Religions. I am currently on sabbatical after having led RefuSHE since 2012, an international NGO based in Nairobi, Kenya that serves unaccompanied refugee girls and young women. I hold certifications in Forced Migration from Northwestern and Oxford Universities, a BA in Humanities and an MA in Comparative Religions. I also serve on The Chicago Council on Global Affairs Women and Global Development Advisory Committee, and as Strategist to the Obama Foundation Scholars at the International Development and Policy Program at the University of Chicago. I have one son, Henry Emerson. We are dedicated attendees of the 9 a.m. service.
Diocesan Convention Delegates
In 2019, I will celebrate my tenth year at St. James Cathedral. My sons, Ethan and Matthew, and I introduced ourselves on a Sandwich Sunday in September 2008. We were warmly embraced and immediately put to work. It ultimately led to the decision to make St. James our home. Since then, I have been honored to serve in multiple areas of parish life, including the Cathedral Chapter, Prayer Providers, the Spiritual Visitor ministry, and worship ministries, where I have served as an acolyte since 2009.
I am the development communications manager for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. I am chiefly responsible for promoting the orchestra’s public value and maintaining its philanthropic relationships.
Active involvement in the St. James community invigorates my faith, informs my spiritual growth and gives me joy. I am excited by the rise in new families and young adults, and the amplified unity that has resulted from developing more intentional ministry and new opportunities for greater involvement. Thank you for selecting me to represent St. James as an alternate delegate at the 2019 Diocesan Convention.
I first came to St. James Cathedral on Advent I of 2005 and was subsequently confirmed at the Great Vigil of Easter in 2006. Being mesmerized by the brilliant liturgy and music surrounding this community, I fell in love with the people in it. I became an acolyte in 2007 and have served as Head Verger since September 2016, acting as the administrator for the Parish Verger Corps serving the liturgical volunteers at St. James. The vergers are responsible for seeing that the acolytes have what they need to assist in executing the many services offered at St. James.
I graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Business Economics and have worked in banking for almost 20 years, with the largest portion of that being with JPMorgan Chase in Chicago, managing the Estate and Margin Teams. Currently, I manage operations for Northern Trust’s suite of Exchange Traded Funds and am studying for a Diploma in Anglican Studies at Bexley-Seabury.
Mary Jo Hoag
St. James Cathedral has been my spiritual home for almost four years. I find the cathedral to be an open and welcoming church community with great liturgy and music and, most importantly, a community that lives the message of love and inclusivity.
Since being officially received into the Episcopal Church at the Easter Vigil, I’ve become involved in our community. I serve as an acolyte, mostly at the 9 a.m. family service on Sunday, a position I find inspiring and wonderful as our church grows its number of families and especially as I watch our young choristers grow in confidence and ability. I am a scripture reader at the 11 a.m. services and organize the corps of lectors and prayers of the people writers for those services.
I love being more involved with the people of St. James and the great work we all do! I hope that our community will become even more involved in issues of social justice and this is a potential area of growth I see as possible and to which I would like to contribute.
I am currently retired from my job but am busy as a volunteer docent with the Chicago Architecture Center. The history and the architecture of our amazing city fascinate me endlessly. Our very own church, St. James Cathedral, has some very good stories to tell! Despite my volunteer duties, I have the time and desire to represent St. James at the Diocesan Convention.
Finance Commission Members
I have served St. James Cathedral as Assistant Treasurer for eleven years and as chair of the Investment Committee for nine. I serve the Diocese of Chicago as a Trustee of the Common Fund and Episcopal Charities as a member of their finance committee. I also serve as Treasurer for Brent House, the Episcopal Council at the University of Chicago. My experience in the Derivatives Industry gives me a sharp perspective for matters in investment and finance. I have helped many members of St. James with large gifts and bequests.
I am a life-long Episcopalian. I was graduated from an Episcopal grade school at Trinity, New York City and married to my Yale college sweetheart, Marianne Culver. Our 17-year-old son, Leland has grown up at St. James and attends the Lab Schools at University of Chicago. I thank the St. James community for their trust in me thus far and for their consideration of my candidacy. If elected I hope to ensure the further growth and success of this wonderful organization.
I have been a member of St. James Cathedral for the last four years. I moved to Chicago from London and was previously a member of the Lambeth Mission St Mary’s in the North Lambeth parish of London, UK. At St. James, I am a member of the Altar Guild and Finance Commission, and help with the Sunday School. I joined the Finance Commission in July 2016.
I am an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where my research specializes in financial institutions; disclosure regulation and liquidity; real effects of disclosure; and real effects of regulatory changes on banks’ behavior. I was a researcher at the Bank of England and, prior to my doctoral studies, worked as a competition and financial economist at Charles River Associates (CRA) in London and Washington, DC. I received my PhD degree from London Business School.