Our Vestry

Gail Wambsgans  (2024)

313-598-4786  ·   gwambsgans@gmail.com


I’m an Episcopalian PK, born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and worked in human resources for the automotive industry for 35+ years.  Since January 2019 I’ve called Pass Christian my home.  The very first time I visited Trinity I knew immediately this was my church family.  I love Trinity because we welcome everyone!  I can be myself, and that self continues to grow in ways I never imagined.  I love the feeling of being a part of a community of inclusion and compassion.  I love to have fun, meet new people, nurture friendships, serve as usher, lector and on altar guild, sing (only) in the pews, and serve where God calls me.  

Gail Wambsgans

Senior Warden

James Drennan

Jr. Warden (2024)

903-948-0111   ·   drennansheep@yahoo.com

I am originally from Texas . I relocated to Pass Christian Mississippi five years ago due to a job change . After visiting several churches I visited Trinity Episcopal Church and I knew right away Trinity is the church for me. 

James Drennan

Junior warden

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Sheryl Baltar  (2022)

228-493-7570  ·   sheryl@odwyerrealty.com


A resident of Pass Christian. MS and a member of Trinity Church since 1993, Sheryl grew up in Metairie, LA, attended St. Martin’s Episcopal School beginning in Kindergarten and graduating in 1962. Notably, The Revered John Stone Jenkins - who many of you know- was the beloved Chaplain during her high school years at STM.  Receiving a BS degree in Marketing from Louisiana State University Sheryl went on to begin her career working in marketing for Shell Oil Company in New Orleans for 6 years. Today she is a member of The Pass Christian Yacht Club, The Pass Christian Historical Society, The National Realtors Association and The International Live Events Association.

She has two sons, Billy and Paul who both live in Pass Christian along with two grandsons who attend Pass Christian High School and a granddaughter who lives in Atlanta, Ga.

Her career path evolved into event planning in late 1979 where she was Corporate Marketing Director for an international sports tour operator responsible for developing and operating corporate incentive programs for group travel to major sporting events throughout the world including but not exclusive to The Super Bowl, Final Four, Kentucky Derby, World Series, Indy 500, NBA Finals, World Cup and The Olympics.

In the late eighties, Sheryl opened an event planning company, Creative Events, focusing on social events in New Orleans while developing special event programs and fund raisers in the Southeast for a variety of corporate clients including The Republican Senatorial Committee, The Mississippi Division of Tourism, and The San Destin Hilton along with numerous associations and businesses. Retiring from the corporate world following Katrina in 2005, Sheryl became a licensed Realtor in the State of Mississippi and still loves to dabble in party planning on The Gulf Coast and in New Orleans.

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Sheryl Baltar

Leslie McNair  (2023)

646-373-7100-  ·   lmcnb@aol.com

Our family moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in June 1973, where we soon became members of Trinity Church.  I have many fond memories growing up in the “Trinity Family”, being lifelong friends with members’ kids and a true feeling of home every time I walk through the doors.

When I decided to move my kids back to the Gulf Coast we looked around and “sampled” several different episcopal churches before ultimately deciding that Trinity was, in fact our true home. 

As a single mother working full time, most of my volunteer work has revolved around what my girls were doing and where they were in their lives.  I have been involved in fundraising for Coast Episcopal Schools, I was on the booster club board for the Pass High Cross Country and Track team, I volunteered my time to the Pass High tennis team and their fundraising efforts and I also thoroughly enjoy the off-loading of pumpkins for the Trinity Pumpkin Patch.  Now that my girls are off kind of on their own, I believe I have the time and focus to be a valuable member of the Vestry. 
Many thanks for your consideration!

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Leslie McNair

Kathleen Theriot  (2023)

504-458-5982  ·   kstheriot1@gmail.com

I was born and raised in New Orleans and moved to the Coast in 1984 with my husband, Donald Theriot, who is now deceased. Here we raised three children - John Eastman, who lives in Houston; Whitney Miller, who lives in Pass Christian; and Elizabeth Theriot, who lives in New York City. Over the past 36 years, I have participated in many volunteer organizations and served on several boards. I am a past vestry member of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Long Beach, MS. I have been a member of the board at Coast Episcopal School for over 12 years and have headed several of their large fundraising events. More recently, I have also started working for the Boys & Girls Club. I am happy to be back at Trinity Church with Father Kyle and look forward to getting involved.

Kathleen Sharp Theriot

Dr. John Wagner  (2024)

228-223-4021   ·  drjohnpcms@gmail.com


Trinity has been a part of my life off and on since my childhood. My father (age 91, who resides in New Orleans and still remains a member today) and his younger brother used to walk to this church as young boys in the 1930’s. My mother and oldest brother are buried in Live Oak Cemetery as I will be someday (no immediate plans!) along with my entire family. Having recently moved back from overseas, I can now enjoy coming to church on a regular basis as being in Trinity is like going back in time. The music with its wonderful old-time selections, the people with their warmth and comfort, and of course our wonderful candid and inspirational leader all make this a wonderful place to be on Sunday mornings.

Dr. John Wagner 

David Cordell (2024)

918-740-4691  ·  dcordell@cwlaw.com  

Martha and I knew that Trinity would become our Christian worship family by the warm and loving reception Kyle extended to our daughter and her fiancée when he married them in May 2019. When they asked him, he said “I’d be honored”. We received the same warm and loving acceptance by the Trinity parishioners and have been treated as if we were lifelong citizens of the Pass.I was honored to be asked to participate as a Lector and I would be honored to serve on the Vestry.

David Cordell
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Ned  Dolese  (2022)

228-860-8017     windorflood@gmail.com


Ned Dolese was the President and one of the founders of Coastal American Insurance Company, a regional property and casualty insurance company providing homeowner’s insurance, headquartered in Gulfport, MS.  Coastal American began operations in 2010 and has grown to become on the largest writers of homeowner’s insurance which includes the peril of wind along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  In 2016, Coastal American became one of the first Insurance Companies in America to cover the peril of flood as an endorsement on their homeowner’s policy.    Continuing the trend established with the flood endorsement in providing multiple coverages under a single form, Mr. Dolese implemented a builder’s risk endorsement which offers broader coverages in a single policy on a multiple year basis. 
While at Coastal American, Mr. Dolese was responsible for the placement of reinsurance coverage for the company.   This included overseeing the processes of pricing, modeling and placement of CAT as well as Facultative Coverage in the London as well as Bermuda markets.
Ned Dolese has extensive experience in various lines of insurance including life, health, disability and annuity lines.  He was previously Chairman and CEO of a regional life insurance company from 1997 through 2003.   Through acquisitions of other insurance operations, as well as product innovations, the company expanded into a significant presence in its market space. 
He currently resides in Long Beach, MS.  He is the father of three children, Robert, a Senior @ L.S.U., a son Thomas who is currently attending Mississippi State University and Caroline who is in the 12’Th grade at St. Josephs Academy in Baton Rouge, LA    His hobbies include fishing and golfing.

Robert E. "Ned" Dolese
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Sophie Dowd

~ Vestry Clerk ~

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Sophie Dowd

Vestry clerk

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