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 Pastor.

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.

  • Marty Wood

    Congregation President

    Marty and his wife Pat have been members of St. Luke since 1972. During this time, he has served in numerous leadership positions, such as Property and Grounds chair; building committee chair for sanctuary renovations, Miles Hall/ Narthex renovation; Co-chair of Education Wing, Communion Deacon and usher.

    Marty was raised on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania, attended and taught Sunday School in his home church and has eight living brothers and a sister. He is a retired naval officer having served 21 years in the submarine force and a semi-retired university professor in his 33 year at UConn. His degrees are in Mechanical Engineering.

    Marty and Pat have been married since 1967 and traveled quite a bit while in the service. Their three children were all born in different states and confirmed at St. Luke. They have five granddaughters and one grandson all living on the east coast.

    Marty enjoys gardening, woodworking and clock repair.

  • Dyann Baker

    Vice President and Liaison to People Support Team

    Dyann Baker has been a member of St. Luke for over 30 years and has been a Connecticut resident for most of her life.

    She earned her MBA in 2012 and BS in Accounting in 1994 both from University of New Haven and earned her CPA license in 1999. Currently she is Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration for Mitchell College in New London, CT. Prior to that she was a Senior Accountant for Garvey, Steele & Company LLP in Mystic Connecticut and a Financial Analyst with General Dynamics, Data Systems Division. In the past, Dyann has served on the St. Luke council in the role of Treasurer and Secretary.

    Dyann lives in Gales Ferry with her spouse, Grace. Dyann and Grace have three sons, Michael, Mike and John and two Jack Russell Terriers who keep them very busy.

  • 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.

  • 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. She has served as a member of the audit committee for the past 3 years.

    Jackie was born in Michigan, but 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. Jackie is going into her 13th year of employment with Dime Bank, working in the Human Resources department as the Payroll Administrator.

    Jackie lives in Ledyard with her husband of 16 years, Mace. They enjoy sharing their home with 2 cats and a recently adopted German Shepherd. Jackie likes spending time with family and friends, singing, driving her Jeep, and going to the beach.

  • Brad Roe

    councilor AND liaison to Evangelism team

    Brad is new to St. Luke and the area, having moved here from Nebraska recently with his wife, Jen. Brad works at Millstone Power Station and enjoys exploring the area. Brad loves Lutheran liturgy and theology, and has been involved in the ELCA most of his life. Brad has previously worked in worship & music and youth ministries. He looks forward to continuing to get involved at St. Luke.

  • Justin Aleshire

    Councilor and Liaison to lifelong learning

    I grew up in Southeast Michigan and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2013. I married Karen Aleshire in 2018 and started working as an Electrical Engineer for Electric Boat shortly thereafter. I grew up attending a Lutheran, a Baptist, and a Presbyterian Church regularly. My journey of faith brought me to St. Luke Lutheran Church in 2015 after having attended other churches in the area. I was attracted to the myriad of ways to be involved in ministry here and found the St. Luke Community very welcoming. I am pleased to be able to serve on the church council this coming term.

  • 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.