Episcopal Life Convention Daily
Monday, 10 July 2000  

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Deputies name VP nominees

Three lay leaders were nominated for vice president of the House of Deputies on July 8: Vincent C. Currie Jr. of the Central Gulf Coast, Diane B. Pollard of New York and Lee Davis Thames of Mississippi.

The nominations were made after the election of Dean George Werner as president. According to the canons, the president and vice president must be of different orders.

Vincent C. Currie Jr.

Currie has been diocesan administrator of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast since 1981 and resides in Pensacola, Fla. He has been a deputy to General Convention since 1976, serving as chair of committeeson the ChurchPensionFund; Nominations; Program, Budget and Finance; as a member of the Council of Advice to the president of the House of Deputies; the Central America Covenant Committee and the Committee on the State of the Church.

Currie also has served on the board of the Church Pension Fund and on Executive Council. Currie graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi andthe Florida School of Banking and has worked in banking and insurance. He and his wife, Dianne, have a daughter and four grandchildren. Their son died earlier this year.

Diane B. Pollard

Pollard has been a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget & Finance; the Social and Urban Affairs and Pension Fund committees and a member of the Council of Advice to the president of the House of Deputies for nine years.

She was also on the 1994-97 nominating committee for the presiding bishop and chair of the transition committee. She has been a deputy to General Convention since 1979. A layperson, single, Pollard resides in New York, and is a cradle Episcopalian. She serves on the vestry of Trinity Church, Wall Street, and is a lay reader and chalice administrator. She is a registered representative and insurance agent for a pension corporation in New York and counsels in financial planning. She is also heavily involved in employee benefits.

She has been a trustee of the Church Pension Fund, the General Theological Seminary, the Alban Insitute and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York. She chairs the Benefit Policy Committee of the Church Pension Fund. Pollard also is on the board of St. Mary's Episcopal AIDS Center, a companion to the Order of the Holy Cross and a trustee of St. Margaret's House, all in New York.

Lee Davis Thames

Thames is a resident of Vicksburg, Miss. He has been a deputy since 1985, a member of the standing commissions on Peace and the Church in Small Communities and chair of the Committee on National and International Concerns. He has served on the Diocese of Mississippi's executive and standing committees, chair of its peace commission and mission strategy committees and served in the youth division and finance committee. A retired brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve, Thames is a lawyer admitted to practice in eight U.S. Courts of Appeal. He is married and has seven children and nine grandchildren.

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