The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry

Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan

(313) 833-4435 |

Tali Perry

Canine to the Ordinary | @tales_fromtali_theaussie

Tali Perry—Canine to the Ordinary

My name is Tali Perry and I’m an Australian Shepherd. Originally from Blue Rain Aussies located in Sobieski, WI I’m excited now to be living in Detroit. I’ve been educated at Call of the Wild dog training in Chicago, completing my Basic Puppy Obedience and Level 1 Obedience.

One of my great joys in life is snatching frisbees out of the air and adding commentary to Zoom calls. In my new position as Canine to the Ordinary, I’m working on my herding skills and honing my pastoral skills. I’ve found that most life events are enhanced by wiggles and caring looks.

I have a strong following on Facebook and invite you to follow me on Instagram where you can find me at @tales_fromtali_theaussie.

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Kara Chapman


Benefits statements, accounts payable and receivable, tithe invoices, Tretheway Downs Children’s fund scholarships
(313) 833-4407 |

Kara Chapman is the Accountant for the Diocese of Michigan. She has been with the diocese since 1999, a little over 20 years! Though her degree is in Accounting Information Systems, in 1999 she volunteered at the diocese for the Refugee Resettlement office, which led to a full-time position as a caseworker. Eventually she transitioned to part-time caseworker and part-time accountant and then to a full-time position in the finance department. It has been such a blessing for her to work for the Diocese of Michigan as she feels that the staff and the diocese at large are a wonderful family full of kindness and love for God and one another. She looks forward to continuing to serve and support all of the congregations and people of the diocese.

The Rev. Canon Ellen Ekevag

Canon for Congregational Development and Transitions

Total Ministry congregation and Ministry Support Team guidance

(313)-833-4421 |

The Rev. Ellen Ekevag is Canon for Congregational Development and Transitions. She collaborates with lay and ordained leaders to develop more faithful, healthy, and effective faith communities. After spending over a decade leading and guiding churches of various sizes, she believes the local church is the primary context for formation, ministry, mission and transformation. Through our baptism we are each called to share in Christ’s identity and mission, and each church has been given the gifts and the people it needs to accomplish God’s will. In all of her work she puts a high value on prayer, collaboration, openness and a sense of humor.

Jennifer Elliott

Secretary, Diocesan Administration

Certification of Eucharistic Visitors, Eucharistic Ministers, Worship Leaders and Lay Preachers; oversee convention mailings/registration of delegates, Journal, nominations booklet; Liaison for Safeguarding On-line Training ; oversee office supplies and equipment
(313) 833-4414 |

Jennifer started with the Diocese in the Fall of 2015. She is a copy machine whisperer and can run complex registrations with ease. She keeps a close watch on diocesan certificates & their requirements, helping our office run smoothly and she’s the first to jump in when anyone needs a helping hand. Her goal is to deepen her relationships with those around her.

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Canon Jo Ann Hardy

Canon to the Ordinary & Chief Operating Officer / Title IV Intake Officer

Human Resources policy and procedures, benefit administration, diocesan convention coordination, diocesan and congregation property leases & insurance, Standing Committee property issues; Emrich Center, loans and grants
(313) 833-4422 |

For more than three decades, Jo Ann has found great joy in her vocation as a lay professional in the Episcopal Church. As Canon to the Ordinary and Chief Operating Officer, Jo Ann finds it a privilege to dream, brainstorm, organize, strategize and plan in support of the clergy, congregations and bishop of our diocese. Jo Ann brings a passion and compassion to her work, and her distinguished experience, historical perspective and depth of knowledge are integral to diocesan operations.

When not attending to matters of the church, Jo Ann finds her center and great delight in spending time on the Atlantic ocean with her spouse Jerry (a celebrated musician) and their daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters.

The Rev. Sister Veronica Dunbar, “Sister Vee”

Missioner for Spirituality and Race

The Rev. Sr. Veronica Mary is a native of Southeast Michigan, born and raised in Mount Clemens. Prior to her call to ordained ministry, she spent over seventeen years working for the Federal Government, mostly in regulatory compliance of international trade, focusing on manufacturing and supply chain logistics and free trade agreements. After serving in lay ministry, she answered a three-fold vocational call: Sr. Vee is a professed member of Anamchara Fellowship, an Episcopal religious order; she was certified as a spiritual director through the Haden Institute, and maintains an active practice; and after graduating from Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, was ordained to the priesthood. Sr. Vee loves running and walking along the shore of Lake St. Clair, and centers herself spiritually through gardening, reading, writing, and photography.

Mark Miliotto

Canon for Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Diocesan Finances: Diocesan budget, accounting, financial reporting, payroll, audit.  Congregational resources: payroll, parochial reports, budgets/strategic planning, financial reporting, accounting/bookkeeping, audits/reviews, Tretheway Downs grants, Growth and Income Fund
(313) 833-4427 |

Mark Miliotto serves as the Canon for Finance and CFO of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, having first joined the diocesan staff in 2012. Prior to coming to the diocese, Mark served as the Director of Finance and Administration of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, an Episcopal seminary in the Chicago area. Before that, Mark worked in a variety of finance roles in the banking industry in Denver. Mark’s wife, Beth Taylor, serves as rector of St John’s Episcopal Church in Royal Oak, Michigan. Together, Beth and Mark are the proud parents of two teenage children, Gianni and Sofia. Outside of work, Mark volunteers as the treasurer of Episcopal Divinity School and he enjoys all outdoor activities, especially gardening, hiking, and biking.

Crystal Ramirez

Director of Administration

(313) 833-4435 |

Adrienne Trupiano

Associate for Communications and Events

(313) 833-4425 |

Adrienne brings a strong background in all forms of digital communication and marketing, event planning, graphic design, photography and videography. Adrienne edits and distributes our Weekly Connection and will be integral in coordinating upcoming diocesan events.

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