Congregation Council

Our congregation council is the governing body of St. Luke Lutheran Church between congregational meetings. 

It is comprised of members dedicated to the ministry and mission of our congregation.

The Congregation Council functions to oversee the life and activities of St. Luke Lutheran Church and to ensure that these reflect the purpose and faith of this church. The council consists of the three elected officers of the congregation (President, Vice-President and Treasurer), six counselors who serve as liaisons to the Purpose and Support Teams, a Council Secretary, and the Pastors.

Congregation Council Members' Responsibilities: Attend monthly Council Meetings, special Council meetings, regular and special meetings of the congregation. Care for and pray for the work of Christ in the Congregation, the community, and the whole world. Help assure the coordination of all the programs and ministries of St. Luke Lutheran Church. Participate in the development and management of long-range planning and the annual budget adopted by the Congregation.

  • Mitch Robinson

    Congregation President

    I have been a member of St. Luke since moving to New London in 2001. I received my undergraduate education as well as a Masters in Library Science from the State University College at Ganeseo. I received a Master of Arts in History from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. I served as Naval Supply Corps Officer for 7 years on active duty and 23 years in the Naval Reserve. I was employed as a Department of Defense Contract Specialist from 1990 until my retirement in 2015. I am currently employed as a Circulation Supervisor at Shain Library at Connecticut College. I have been a clergy spouse since 1984. My wife, Rev. Mary Robinson, is serving as Pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Norwich, CT> I have served the church various ways, including teaching Bible Studies; serving as President of our local Lutheran Men in Mission group in New Jersey, serving as a delegate to the ELCA Church-wide Assembly in 1988; serving as the musician for Dinner Church at St. Luke and Morning Prayer at St. Mark; serving on the St. Luke Church Council, including two terms as Vice-President. I most recently was appointed as the Archivist for the New England Synod (ELCA).

  • Fawn DeMello

    Vice President and Liaison to People Support Team

    Fawn has been a part of St. Luke since February 1975. She was confirmed here and so was her daughter. Fawn is one of four generations that worship at St. Luke. Her parents Jack and Corrine Stevens, daughter Dayna DeMello and grandsons Jamison and Mason Going. Throughout the years Fawn has been involved in many aspects of St. Luke starting out as staff as the custodian, the Director of Youth and then again as the Director of Youth and Families.

    Fawn has served as a Sunday school teacher, played handbells since inception in December 1990, tech team, sang with Celebrate team, Senior Choir, lay reader, usher and communion deacon. She has also been involved with committees such as the Audit, Emmaus, Discipleship, VBS, Fellowship, and Worship.

    Fawn earned her MBA many years and is currently the Assistant Director of Financial Aid Adjunct Professor in the Business Department at Mitchell College. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and watching and playing sports.

  • Jen Gilletti

    Treasurer and liaison to finance support team

    I've lived in Connecticut for close to 40 years, but I am originally from Colorado. I have been a member of St. Luke for 12 years. I have two daughters who are married, and three grandsons. I work at Pfizer, where I head up a sourcing group in support of our global clinical trial operations. I have been at Pfizer for almost 20 years and have held roles within Finance, Project Management, Business Operations, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Prior to working at Pfizer, I was a commercial lender for 15 years with a large New England based commercial institution. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a MBA from the University of Connecticut, as well as an Associate of Science degree in Marketing from Mohegan Community College. This is my second term serving as Treasurer for St. Luke.

  • Liese Zitzkat

    Council Secretary

    Liese is returning as Council Secretary, having served in the position several years ago. She has been a member of St. Luke for 21 years and has served in various roles, including Sunday School teacher and lay reader coordinator. As part of Adult Forum, she facilitated a study of Brian McLaren's book A New Kind of Christianity. She currently participates as a communion deacon, knits for the prayer shawl ministry, and occasionally plays the piano and sings in church.

    Liese has lived in Connecticut all her life. At age 15, she started teaching piano and voice privately and continued to do that for 20 years. She has sung in various choral groups and been a church organist. She earned her undergraduate degree in medical technology from St. Joseph College and worked in the laboratory at MidState Medical Center for 13 years before going back to school and earning her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford. She has a private practice in New Haven, where she works with individual therapy clients and performs disability evaluations for Social Security.

    Liese lives in Clinton with her husband of 20 years, David, their two teenagers, Tyler and Mikayla, and their spunky English pointer, Ava. Liese enjoys walking (she loves her fitbit), trying new cooking recipes, knitting, and traveling. Camp Calumet and Martha's Vineyard are favorite summer destinations.

  • Charlie Rogoff

    Councilor and Liaison to FACILITIES sUPPORT tEAM

    Charlie and his wife, Diane, reside in Montville in Charlie's childhood home. They are both Alumnus of Montville High School, were high school sweethearts and have been married for 35 years. They have two grown daughters and a son-in-law, Rachel, Megan and Jesse. Charlie is fairly new at St. Luke and has been singing in the choir for a while. Professionally, Charlie is an UCONN alum and a licensed contractor in six states. He manages a construction department for a national environmental engineering, consulting and construction company. In previous congregations, Charlie has held council positions as the property chair; and has taught Sunday school with Diane for several years.

    For fun, Charlie used to referee youth soccer, coach youth soccer and softball, and build and renovate things around the house. His latest hobby is linked to his discovery of true Scottish whisky and is always looking for someone to share this new found "hobby" with.

  • Pat Robbins

    Councilor and Liaison to fellowship team

    Pat Robbins has been a member of St. Luke since 1974, except for 4-5 years when she was out of the area for college. She married her husband John in 1982. They have 3 sons, Jeffrey, Aaron and Nathan who were raised and confirmed at St. Luke. Over the years, she has served in many capacities at St. Luke including Sunday School teacher, confirmation group leader, altar guild, Pastoral call committee, staff support, area shepherd, and Link for Camp Calumet in New Hampshire. Her family continues to vacation at Calumet annually.

    After college, Pat managed a retail fabrics store. While her children were small, Pat ran a tailoring and alterations shop. She returned to school in 2000 to complete a Masters in Elementary Education degree. She is currently teaching 2nd grade in her home town of Norwich. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, knitting and walking her dog, Della.

  • JackiE Baudro

    Councilor and liaison to Worship team

    Jackie Baudro has been a member of St. Luke since 2004. The music is what drew her to this church and she has been a member of the Senior Choir since then.

    Born in Michigan, she moved to Connecticut as a young child, courtesy of the Navy, and grew up in Groton/Mystic. She graduated from Fitch Senior High School, class of 1998, and is the oldest of 4 children in her family.

    Jackie enjoys working and volunteering in her community. She joined the Ledyard Fire Company in 1999 and attended the CT Fire Academy in 2001, where she earned her Firefighter I Certificate. While she no longer responds to calls, she stays active with the fire company as the Treasurer and other fire company activities. She also volunteers as a Board Member and Secretary for the Ledyard Regional Visiting Nurses Association; since 2006. As an employee of Dime Bank since 2005, she enjoys working in the Human Resources Department and recently became a member of HRLA (Human Resources Leadership Association).

    Jackie lives in Ledyard with her husband of 18 years, Mace. They enjoy sharing their home with 3 cats and a German Shepherd dog. Jackie likes spending time with family and friends, singing, driving her Jeep, and going to the beach.

  • Leigh Sammons

    councilor AND liaison to Evangelism team

    I have been a member at St. Luke since its very beginning, over 55 years. My parents were founding members of St. Luke, so I've been around for awhile! Over the years, I've served in many ways - on various ministry teams, call committees, as a Sunday School teacher, coordinator for women's retreats, Thanksgiving Baskets, sock-tober, greeters, communion deacons, and other ministries.

    My husband, Jim, and I have 2 awesome children: our daughter, Emma, who is a student at Fordham University, and Andy, who will graduate high school this year.

    I am a proud UConn Husky, class of '84, with Master's Degrees from Eastern CT State University and Southern CT State University. I have been blessed with an amazing career as a teacher for over 30 years.

    I thank you and look forward to this new opportunity to serve our Lord and my St. Luke family.

  • John Felty

    Councilor and Liaison to lifelong learning

    John and his wife, Katherine, joined St. Luke in 2015 with their daughter, Camille. Their family has grown since to include their son, Harlan.

    Though currently residing in Uncasville, John grew up in Gales Ferry and often rode his bike past St. Luke on his way to Ledyard Middle School. Originally a practicing Catholic, he joined Trinity Lutheran Church in Ashaway, RI when he and his wife were wed in 2005. After their daughter was born in 2012, John and Katherine sought a Lutheran Church that had a passionate congregation, impactful ministry, dedicated outreach, and most of all a welcoming atmosphere. This journey led them to St. Luke, a decision that has had such a positive impact on their whole family!

    John attended The University of Connecticut at both Avery Point in Groton and the main campus in Storrs. While there he met his future wife on a blind date and they would marry during his Master's year. He graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Elementary Education. After a year of Substitute teaching in North Stonington, CT, he began teaching fourth grade in Griswold, CT. Since then he has taught various grade levels and added additional certifications. He now teaches 8th Grade Social Studies at Griswold Middle School and also serves as a Team Leader.

    In his spare time John is passionate about cooking and learning about international cuisines. One day he hopes to own a food truck to operate in the summers and maybe become his retirement career. He also loves attending musical theater with his wife and friends. He recently made his theatrical debut, extending his love of theater.

  • Bill Kracke

    Councilor and Liaison to the outreach ministry Team

    Bill and his wife, Carolyn, live in Gales Ferry and are longtime members of St. Luke, having joined in the late '70s. They have two grown children who were confirmed at St. Luke: Bill and Amy. Bill (Sr.) has served on several committees and the Church Council, including President, Vice-President, and Treasurer. He is currently the Outreach Team Leader and leads our annual Outreach Meal Assembly Event. He has also served on the New England Synod Council for 6 years and on the Synod Finance Committee, the Synod Compensation Guidelines group, and the Synod Executive Committee.

    Bill has had several careers after college starting with the Navy, serving on two submarines. After he left active duty, he joined the Navy Reserve Intelligence Program, retiring from the Navy after another 15 years. Bill started his civilian career as a Navy contractor developing manuals and training materials for both submarine and surface ship commands.

    In the mid 90's, he began working for the pharmaceutical industry, performing statistical programming and analysis in support of new drug clinical trials. His final career change was a jump into retirement to which he has adapted very well. He and Carolyn have enjoyed going on cruises with friends and visiting friends and family. For the last year, he has been building a sea kayak that he hopes to complete this spring.