Vestry Members

Chrissy Carmody

Bio to come. Chrissy was elected in March 2022 and serves through 2026.

Jethro Celestin

Jethro has been a member of the Christ Church Cathedral since 2008. Around August of that year, he joined the church’s choir and is still a member. Jethro has also served on the Christ Church’s facilities committee before joining the vestry. Jethro serves on the vestry through 2025.

Meryl Fink

Meryl was elected to the Vestry in 2022.  She has been a member of Christ Church Cathedral since 1985. Over the years, Meryl has been active with the Rummage Sale and the Hospitality Committee.  She has previously served on the Vestry for one and a half terms. Meryl serves through 2026.

Brian Frilot

Brian was elected to the Vestry in 2023.  He has been a member of Christ Church Cathedral since 2020. Brian has been very active in church life, including small groups (viewing “The Chosen”), hospitality, and regularly serving as an usher and welcomer at Sunday services. Brian serves through 2027.

Amanda George (Treasurer)

Amanda serves as Treasurer to the vestry for 2024.

Charlotte Meade

Our family joined Christ Church Cathedral in December 2015, when I was nine months pregnant with our fourth child, Hunter. In fact, our first service I was in labor with Hunter and I recall sitting in the front pew and feeling like I was at home! This could be because I was baptized at the Cathedral in 1978; and attended its preschool at the age of two with my sister-in-law, Keith Porteous Meade, a member of the choir.

Although my family later attended Trinity Episcopal Church, where I was married in 2005, and St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, where I was confirmed, I have no doubt that God through CCC called me back “home.” 

In 1995, I graduated from Isidore Newman School and went on to attend the University of Virginia. After three years post-graduate in Washington, D.C., I returned home to New Orleans to attend Loyola University School of Law. Since 2005, I have been a practicing attorney and just this year I became a full timemediator with Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions.

My husband John Alden and I are humbly and with great love raising Jack, thirteen; Allison and Rogan, ten; and Hunter, eight. 

I feel truly blessed and honored to now serve on the Vestry of Christ Church Cathedral. I hope that I give as passionality to this role as has the Cathedral and its leaders and members given to me the last eight years.

Charlotte serves through 2028.

Judson Mitchell (Secretary)

Judson Mitchell is a life-long Episcopalian who has been a member of the parish since 1995. He currently serves as the Secretary to the Vestry.

David O’Leary (Junior Warden)

Bio to come. David was elected in March 2022 and will serve through 2026.

Diana Orr

Diana returned to New Orleans after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina for several years. She quickly became a member of the Christ Church family and last year completed her discernment to become a member of the Daughters of the King. She has served as an usher, lay reader and crucifer, was involved with Real Presence, and volunteers at the annual thrift sale and Hermes fund raisers. Diana serves on the vestry through 2025.

Bonnie Scott

I have attended Christ Church Cathedral with my husband Joey Keegin and daughter, Johnnie Lou since February of 2023. We moved to New Orleans from Chicago where I received my M.Div. from the University of Chicago and was a two-year seminarian at the Church of the Ascension. Since becoming a member of the Cathedral, I have helped out with young adults and family ministry alongside Amanda George and Fr. Steven. I am passionate about young adults and family ministry and would be happy to provide whatever help I can to the cathedral in helping to welcome younger people into the pews. I would love the opportunity to serve my church community as a member of the Vestry. As a seminarian, I was in charge of Ascension’s young adults ministry and facilitated homeless outreach programs; it would be a joy to bring lessons and skills from these experiences to the Cathedral. I currently work as an Associate Editor for The Living Church, an Episcopal magazine.

Bonnie serves through 2028.

Angela Sella

I attend the cathedral with my husband, Eric, and son, George. We are excited to expand our family with the arrival of another baby boy in April. I was baptized and confirmed at First United Methodist church in Slidell, LA and was active in the youth group. Eric and I found the Cathedral when we were looking for a church home after getting engaged towards the beginning of the pandemic. We were lucky enough to have the Dean perform our marriage ceremony and have since begun to raise our family in the Cathedral.  I’m interested in getting more involved in the children’s and women’s ministries at the Cathedral and I can bring a young family perspective to the Vestry. I’m involved in various volunteer activities through my job and was the Chair of Women’s Energy network. 

Angela serves through 2028.

Billy Soileau (Senior Warden)

Billy has been a member of CCC since 2008 and is serving his second 4 year term on the Vestry. He’s served in several liturgical roles, and has advocated for and reaches out to the LGBTQ, HIV, Cancer, and Heart Disease communities all of his adult life. Billy and his husband Kyle were married in TEC in 2013. Billy serves on the vestry through 2025.

Ed Whitfield

Ed is a lifelong Episcopalian and has been a member of Christ Church Cathedral since 1989. He has served on prior Vestries, the Search Committee for our present Dean, the Legal and Insurance Committees, and as an usher.  Ed will serve on the Vestry through 2027.

Kathryn Washington

Kathryn grew up in the Baptist church. After attending school at the National Cathedral School (Episcopal), she came to the Episcopal church, learning the lesson that we all have something to give and that a place built by individual talents and gifts can be welcoming to all. Kathryn says, “if you are asked to help a living being and you have the ability to help, you help; if there is something you can do to support a institution in fulfilling its mission to make the world a better place, you support that institution; and if you have been given gifts that can be of use to others, you offer those gifts in order to honor the gifts you have been given.” Kathryn serves until 2027.