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The Vestry is the governing board of the church. With the Rector, this board, through prayer and reflection discern the direction of the parish. The Vestry is composed of nine members of the church who are elected at the parish's annual meeting. These members serve three year terms, with three new members being elected each year. The Vestry is led by the Wardens (Guardians)  who are elected by the Vestry members following the annual meeting. 

If you have questions for the Vestry, please email here to be connected with Emily Straub.


Dr. Emily Straub (Senior Warden) is a proud native of New Orleans and has her roots planted firmly in the community of St. Andrew’s. 


She was baptized in an ecumenical baptism with both the Roman Catholic and Episcopal priest sharing in the ceremony.  She attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal School from Pre-Kindergarten to her graduation in the 6th Grade. Emily received the Sacrament of Confirmation here at St. Andrew’s. 


Later Emily studied at Newman High School and then at Marquette University in Milwaukee.  She finished as Doctor of Physical Therapy.  Emily worked as an Acute Physical Therapist at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York for 10 years and for the past 5 years at Ochsner’s Hospital.  Currently Emily is focusing on helping those with physical therapy in the Ochsner Cancer Center. 


Emily faithful attends our 6pm Sunday Eucharist. Almost every Sunday Emily leads the community in the Prayers of the People and has recently signed up to serve as a Eucharistic Minister. 


Steven has been holding membership in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church since 1997, he has previously served as one of its vestrymen and as its senior warden. 


Steven was raised in New Orleans where he and his wife reside.  He attended Saint Martin's Episcopal School and graduated from Tulane University with a degree in History.  He worked at his family’s business for over 20 years in the accounting and bookkeeping fields, mostly providing business management services to local musical groups.   Steven found St. Andrew's in 1996 and discovered his spiritual home here. He is a member of the finance committee and serves as a Eucharistic Minister. In the warmer months Steven and family can be found enjoying the local restaurants and music clubs, seeking weekend getaways and adventures


Sandy Brown is a, proud mother of 4 fantastic kids, wife to an amazing husband, teacher to 100's and new Vestry member to all of you. She so happy and honored to be here as part of this team.

Sandy has been involved in education, the church, and Christian community development for all of her adult life, starting in Chicago and now here in New Orleans.

Sandy loves children, teaching, drinking good wine, Mardi Gras, her family, and the many great friends who share these things with me.

Sandy's goal is to meet all the people who are part of St. Andrew's and represent them well while on the Vestry.


 Leslie Laskay has been married 50 plus years to Norman Laskay. She and her husband have one daughter, Socea May, and one son, Joshua (deceased 2015). Leslie graduated with a BS and MEd, with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. Upon graduation, she worked as an Exercise Specialist in Cardiac Rehab for 9 years. After moving to the North Shore, she worked as a nanny and caregiver for a family with special needs. Leslie completed an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, and taught 5-Year-olds at Cedarwood School in Mandeville for 16 years. After retiring, she and her husband moved to Lakeview where they reside with 2 Golden Doodles, named Olive Grace and Bella. 

John Futrell - John was raised in Texas, northern Nigeria, and north Mississippi. John and his wife, Lisa, moved to New Orleans in 1981 after graduating from law school. Lisa and John are blessed with two living children—Richard and Grace. John practiced law for more than 40 years with three law firms. John and Lisa joined St. Andrew's in 1996. John has served as an usher, ecumenical minister, vestry member, annual stewardship chair, Sunday school teacher, rector search committee member and Senior Warden at St. Andrew's. He also served on the Diocesan Racial Reconciliation Committee and currently serves on the Diocesan Disciplinary Committee. John usually attends the 6:00 o'clock service and is now mostly retired.


Allen Chighizola  is the very proud father of two fine young adult men. Being a father has been the thing he have been most proud of and passionate about in his life.  Second to that would be his education and career. Allen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Specialist degree in School Psychology and an MBA in Healthcare Management. His career has spanned 31 years of working first in the school system and then in the healthcare system for the past 19 of those years. Allen's passion in work has always been with helping others.  However, last year he found himself feeling lost in that passion and realized he was no longer doing what his heart felt was right. Allen resigned from my management job to focus on what he wanted to do where my passion would grow. 


Allen decided to return to school to earn yet another degree. He is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. His goal is to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and work toward a private practice specializing in working with the marginalized people and communities of our city (LGBT, disabled, etc).  Allen's path to the Episcopal Church and to St Andrew’s has been a long and wandering journey. Allen grew up on the Westbank of New Orleans and was raised in the Catholic Church. In his early adult life he was highly involved in his church. He became a Eucharistic minister and a peer minister. Allen later became a youth leader. He loved what he was doing but there was something missing.  As a gay man, I did not feel that I could ever truly be myself and feel accepted.  He finally left the church in 2007. He has been an active church member of St Andrew’s and has volunteered for various tasks as well as with the annual pumpkin patch. 


Dr. Sonia Fanguy Clarke is the wife of Dr. Robert William Clarke and is a new Vestry board member. Sonia grew up in Houma Louisiana and was the oldest of two girls. Sonia is involved in Louisiana League of Nursing, Louisiana State Nursing Association, Louisiana Council of Administrators in Nursing Education
and Alpha Beta Iota Nursing Honor Society as well as St. Andrews Alter Guild. Sonia moved to New Orleans in December of 2019 and started a brand-new Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. Sonia began her Nursing career as an associate degree nurse in Houma Louisiana in 1992 and worked as a Cardiac Care Nurse for several years. Sonia has since graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from
Nicholls State University in 1999, Masters in Nursing Systems Healthcare Management in 2008 and in 2014 obtained her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Loyola University. Sonia has practiced as an acute care nurse for 17 years before transitioning to higher education in 2009. Sonia previously was the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Fletcher Technical Community College for 9 years before transitioning into the BSN Program Chair position at Herzing University 5 years ago. In her free time she loves to enjoy the New Orleans culture filled with Food and Music, spending time with her two Chinese
crested rescue pups and traveling to new places.


Oliver Francis -- comes to us at St. Andrew’s as a special gift with unique perspectives. His kind, quiet and humble demeanor, are reflected in his behind-the-scenes work at the church, helping to prepare the Sunday Bulletins, as well as volunteering as an usher and lector.


Prior to joining St. Andrew’s several years ago, he attended the Church of the Transfiguration, which is a community of Episcopalians connected in ministry at Angola Prison. Through St. Andrew’s participation in Prison Ministries, and thanks to the efforts of parishioner and attorney Hampton Carver, Oliver was released from Angola in 2018. During his time at Angola, he received his A.A. and B.A. in Christian Theology at the Baptist Theological Seminary on the prison grounds.


As a Eucharistic Minister there, he brought communion to other prisoners’ cellblocks, including those on Death Row. He also served as a re-entry mentor and counselor to other inmates. Oliver represents St. Andrew’s in our membership in the Together New Orleans citywide initiative of churches and nonprofits.

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Mike Lanaux was born and raised in New Orleans. He has been married for nearly 40 years to his wonderful wife Lindsay. Mike is fortunate to have three wonderful children, son Ellis, middle child Clare and youngest Isabel.
He has been a member of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church for over 25 years. He is an avid LSU fan and outdoorsman.

Mike serves St. Andrew's as our Treasurer.

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Rachael MacIsaac Parker is an educational consultant and special projects manager at KIPP New Orleans Schools. She has lived in New Orleans for 12 years but was born in Lynn, MA. She is working toward a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction at LSUS and is a fellow with the Greenhouse Executive Education Experience (E3). Rachael volunteers for the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, dances with the NOLA Heat dance troupe, and is proud to serve on the vestry at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. When she is not working, you can find her attending soccer games and orchestra concerts for her three beautiful children, caregiving for her mother who has FTD, eating great food with her husband, Olin, participating in book club, and walking her dog Ruth Bader Ginsbark! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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