Meet our Vestry


The Vestry is the elected parish council of the local parish church in a diocese (geographic region).  They are legally, financially, and spiritually charged with the well-being of the local parish church.  Each person serves a term of three years and must step away for at least one year from this leadership.



    Val Short, Sr. Warden     

 Val is married to Warren County native Tony Short and they have two married children and one grandchild .The Shorts have been active members of All Saints’ Episcopal Church since they moved to Roanoke Rapids in 1984. She currently serves on the church vestry as senior warden.

Professionally, she has been the executive director for regional grantmaker Triangle North Healthcare Foundation in Henderson since March, 2012. She has over 25 years of healthcare leadership experience, including 16 years as Vice President for Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids. Currently  she serves on the regional board of the North Central NC Boys and Girls Clubs and the board for the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment. She currently is an active member of the Henderson Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Val is a  native of Swansboro, NC,  and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public health, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. 

     Donna Wall

Donna and her husband Lee  have been members of All Saints’ since 1988. She is a retired elementary school teacher from the Roanoke Rapids school system. They have two children and three amazing grandchildren. Donna has been on the vestry twice and has served in different positions in the church. In the early 1990s (when there was an abundance of children) she was director of Christian Education.  She also served a term as president of the Episcopal Church Women. Currently  she serves on the Altar Guild and Outreach Committee. She has  been a member of the Daughters of the King since its beginning at All Saints’ and currently is  serving her second year as president of the order.                      

       Mary Wellman

Mary has been a member of All Saints’ for almost her entire life. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at All Saints. Their three children were also baptized and confirmed at All Saints’. Tom and Mary joined Chapel of the Cross when they lived in Chapel Hill, but  transferred their membership to All Saints’ when they moved back to the area after college and graduate school. Mary has been active in music, Christian education, youth ministry, outreach, Daughters of the King, vestry, book club, and altar guild. She has been a delegate to convention and served on the diocesan youth council. She is a retired special educator and enjoys babysitting for their grandchildren.


​​​​    Carl Burke,  Jr. Warden

Carl has been a member of All Saints' since 2008. He has enjoyed being active in choir, handbells, and bible study. He is a former vestry member, and former Senior Warden. Currently he serves as Junior Warden. He is a museum professional and the Site Director for Historic Halifax State Historic Site. He holds a BA in History from East Carolina University and an MBA from Methodist University. He is dedicated to inclusive history and telling stories that have often been neglected. 

    Scott Harris

Scott was born and raised in Roanoke Rapids; and educated in Roanoke Rapids School District, although moved before graduation, and graduated from West Point High School, West Point, VA where he met Betty Rodman who became his wife 6 years later. Scott has a  B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA , M.B.A. from Darden School, University of Virginia.

Growing up he attended First United Methodist Church. and was very active in Boy Scouts of America earning Eagle Scout and God and Country Awards, attended Philmont Scout Ranch and 3 Boy Scout Jamborees. After marriage he started attending the Episcopal Church and was confirmed by Bishop Alexander, Bishop of Upper South Carolina at Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, SC. Not long after that they moved to a much smaller town in SC with a very old historic Episcopal Church, Barnwell, SC. Due to it's size and need for help, he became very active and was elected to the Vestry of Church of The Holy Apostles' and also served as Licensed Lay Reader, Junior Warden and Senior Warden.

He moved back to Roanoke Rapids with Betty and two sons in 1984 and transferred membership to All Saints' at that time. At All Saints' he has served on the Vestry two previous terms and as Junior Warden. He worked with Milliken and Co. (largest privately owned textile co. in world) in Spartanburg, SC and Barnwell, SC for 8 years and have been with Wells Fargo Advisors and it's previous companies for the past 36 years as a Branch Manager and Financial Advisor.


   Kathy Mitchell

Kathy is a transplant from Leonardtown, Maryland, with several stops along the way. She has lived in the Roanoke Rapids area for over forty years. She met and later married Randy Mitchell in 1984. She has been a member of All Saints since approximately 1986. She was a Librarian in the Halifax County system for over 12 years. During which time she was going to school at night to enter into the Community College Nursing program. Upon acceptance into the program and completing her studies she became an RN in 1998. She worked as a psychiatric nurse until 2014 when when retired. Her hobbies are gardening, quilting, knitting and reading. In the past she was a member of the kitchen committee and is currently a member of the altar guild  and the garden committee.



         Agnes "Dukie" Barner, Clerk

She was baptized, confirmed, and married in Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, McKenney, Virginia. Her and her husband moved to Yorktown, Virginia and became active members of Grace Episcopal Church. They retired and moved to Lake Gaston and joined All Saints Episcopal Church in 2010. She has not served on a formal committee but has helped with the food pantry program, assisted in coffee hour and set-ups for parish hall functions, and worked kitchen detail for pancake dinners and lunches after Sunday service. She has donated her art for silent auctions and winter gardens for our bazaar.

As a vestry member she plans to help carry out the visions and needs of the congregation and community through the joint work of the laity and All Saints clergy. She hopes to encourage a continued creative process with flexibility for new ideas while still holding strong to our Church’s traditions.


  Malena Maradiaga

Honduras is Malena's country of origin. She and her husband Gerardo have three grown children, an 8 year old grandson and a 3 year old granddaughter. She practiced medicine for ten years, until the mid 1990’s when they choose to move to the mid USA. In 2002 they became members of ASEC. She enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, traveling and crocheting. She has worked as a volunteer in several nonprofit organizations / projects here as well as in Honduras.

What does she feel she brings to the Vestry?

~ A desire to learn. ~An open mind .~ A different perspective

          Wilhelmena "Rae" Mitchell  

She was born, raised and still lives on a farm in Tillery, North Carolina. She retired from the Greensville County School System in Emporia, Virginia on July 1, 2013. She enjoys retirement - her days are filled with reading, computer browsing, Zoom meetings, meal preparation and playing with her dog, "Sir Henry". A friend invited her to attend All Saints with her one Sunday and immediately Rae felt she belonged in this church. She joined in 1982 and has served joyfully in the choir and currently she is the Chairman of the Worship Committee and a new Vestry member having served one term previously. She wants to be an active member to continue and advance All Saints standing as a beacon of hope in our area, a church accepting of all who profess their faith. She is proud of the focus on inclusion, understanding racism and community. She wants to be a part of encouraging All Saints Episocpal Church  and the Roanoke Area to the full realization of the Beloved Community.


  July 2021  
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