Clergy & Staff
The Reverend Andria Skornik
The Rev. Andria Skornik began her service to Emmanuel Episcopal Church on March 1, 2014 and was called as the Rector in May of 2015. Prior to coming to Emmanuel, she served as a Curate at St. Andrew’s in Downer’s Grove, IL. She received her M.Div. training at the University of Chicago Divinity School, taking Anglican studies at Seabury Western Theological Seminary. During seminary, she worked as Youth Assistant at St. Paul & the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Hyde Park, IL and as a hospital chaplain with Resurrection Healthcare. She has a B.A. in Communication Arts from Warner Pacific College and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Oregon.
Andria is from Portland, OR. As a proud Pacific Northwesterner, she loves the outdoors, food-carts, micro-breweries, exploring eclectic neighborhoods and finding people who share the“pioneer spirit.” Andria loves being at Emmanuel and living in Rockford and enjoys all that living near the Rock River has to offer, such as its great bike paths, stand-up paddleboarding and being part of the Rockford Rowing Club. Andria’s husband Jordan is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He studies the Hebrew Bible, ancient Near Eastern history and civilization, and Semitic philology.
The Reverend Douglas Rogers
Doug has served Emmanuel Episcopal since his ordination to the vocational deaconate in 2004. He has an under-graduate degree in communications, and has completed five units of clinical pastoral education. During this course of study he was an intern at Rockford Memorial Hospital, and served his residency at Meritor Hospital in Madison. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a staff chaplain at a 500 bed trauma one hospital in central Wisconsin. In addition to his service as a deacon, Doug provides a prayer ministry during each Sunday worship service.
Organist / Choirmaster
Wayne Hatwich received the Master of Arts degree in music from the University of Iowa where his study included organ, voice and accompaniment. At Iowa, he sang with Daniel Moe’s 60-voice University Choir. Other instructors at Iowa included Gerhard Krapf, Delbert Disselhorst, Naomi Rowley, Eldon Obrecht, Richard Hervig, and Bruce Macombie.
Founding and leading Rockford’s Bach Chamber Choir for its first 15 years until 1998, Mr. Hatwich directed choral repertoire ranging from Heinrich Schütz to twentieth-century composers.
Mr. Hatwich has been and continues to be inspired and enriched by participating in classes and workshops led by significant leaders in organ and choral music, such as: Anton Heiller, Marie Claire Alain, Helmuth Rilling, Sir David Willcocks, John Scott, Simon Preston, Gillian Wier and Paul Jacobs.
Wayne sings with the community group Camerata Emanon Singers, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for that organization. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Rockford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists as newsletter editor.
Mr. Hatwich is retired from his former position as healthcare information system consultant for Healthcare Performance Group, and from his previous position as administrative pharmacist at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Gardening, travel, music and family consume and enrich his time.
Assistant Music Director
Trish Rooney is thankful to have shared the Music Ministry responsibilities with Wayne Hatwich since 2008. A cradle Episcopalian, she has also served in United Methodist and Presbyterian congregations. She is an active volunteer with the Rockford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Rockford Chapter of Guitars for Vets, the Beta Gamma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and Emmanuel Guild. She began choral accompanying as a student at Rockford West High School, and continued throughout her educational career at Rock Valley College (AA), Rockford University (BFA) where she was introduced to the organ by Marsha Foxgrover, and the University of North Texas (MME). Trish has been active in the musical life of the Rockford community in many varied positions: Elementary Music Specialist for the Rockford Public Schools, adjunct faculty member at RVC and RU, and accompanist for many local organizations including Bach Chamber Choir, Camerata Emanon, Kantorei-the Singing Boys of Rockford, Rock Valley Children’s Choir, and Rock Valley College Starlight Theatre. She continues to be amazed by and thankful for the power of God’s love as shared by the Emmanuel congregation.
Dr. Amy Gustafson
Director of Christian Formation, Children and Youth
Amy Gustafson has been the Director of Education for Children and Youth since 2006, after moving from Southern California to Rockford. She was born and raised in a small town in Northern Wisconsin, the daughter of a Lutheran minister. Amy received a BA from Hamline University in St. Paul, with majors in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She went on to receive a MA and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology’s Los Angeles campus. Amy has worked in the psychological field since 1990, including employment in outpatient, inpatient and residential treatment facilities, domestic violence programs, at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Behavioral Science Services, and teaching.
Amy discovered the Episcopal Church in her early thirties, and experienced a spiritual awakening through involvement at All Saints in Pasadena. When deciding to relocate from the Los Angeles area to the Midwest, Rockford was an easy choice as her mother had moved here and attends Emmanuel. In her last worship service at All Saints, while praying to stay connected to the Episcopal Church in a meaningful way following the move, a message was left on her cellular phone - at the very moment she was praying - from Emmanuel’s rector offering her the Director of Education position. Apparently God was listening!
Since relocating, Amy has become the parent of her son, Elijah, and has enjoyed forming very special relationships with children and youth as they grow in their faith. She has taught Sunday School and Confirmation with the teens, led mission trips both in our community and in multiple states, and looks forward to an upcoming pilgrimage to England in June 2016. She has also served on a diocesan youth steering committee, been an adult mentor for multiple diocesan youth retreats, and has encouraged and helped to facilitate youth involvement in diocesan high school and middle school retreats and summer camp. Amy says that her job at Emmanuel rarely feels like “work,” as it is revitalizing and brings her such joy. She is grateful for the support of the Emmanuel community where there is a strong commitment to lifelong Christian formation. At Emmanuel, children and youth are recognized not just as tomorrow’s leaders in our church, but as leaders today!
My name is Gale Degner; I have been an Episcopalian all my life. As a child I grew up going to Holy Trinity in Belvidere. My husband, Dan and I have been members of Emmanuel since 2000, and in February 2009 I was hired as Parish Administrator. I enjoy singing in our Church Choir, participating in Emmanuel Guild, Grace Guild and Altar Guild activities. Prior to working here, I also worked for a law firm for over six years and J.L. Clark for 24 years. Dan and I live in Loves Park, have two Scottish Terriers, Cooper and Loki and enjoy outdoor activities.
Dale Thomas became the Treasuer at Emmanuel in January 2017. Dale is a Certified Manufacturing Accountant employed by the Helm Group. Dale and his wife, Mendy, have been dedicated parishioners at Emmanuel for over two decades serving the church in many roles as vestry member, Acolyte warden, ushers and church school teachers. Mendy is active in Emmanuel Guild. They are the parents of Hayley Thomas and Lauren Thomas Snyder (Caleb) and grandparents of Micah.
Maria Mendia is a certified elementary teacher and has served as nursery coordinator for 25 years. Children at Emmanuel Episcopal have a friendly, welcoming, and secure place to play and get to know God's people.
Rich Theyerl, BSN RN FCN
Richard Theyerl graduated from Saint Anthony College of Nursing in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). He worked in the operating room in St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford IL as a nurse intern and, upon graduating and passing the boards, as a registered nurse from 2006 – 2010. He specialized in general, trauma, ophthalmic and plastic surgeries. During this time, he also received formal training in Parish Nursing and became a certified Faith Community Nurse in 2009. Richard then transitioned his practice to hospice care where he was employed by Visiting Nurses Association from 2010 – 2014 as a RN Case Manager and later as Patient Care Coordinator where he became board certified in Hospice and Palliative care nursing. In 2014 he accepted a transfer within the Rockford Health System to become a Population Health Care Coordinator at the Rockford Health Physicians Mulford office where he coordinates and facilitates the care of the most complex and at-risk patients. His patient panel includes some of our community’s most vulnerable individuals who are in serious danger of slipping through the cracks of our increasingly complicated health care system.
Richard can assist the Rector by seeing parishioners when they are in the hospital or when confined to home. Richard can also help by addressing their medical questions and providing recommendations, providing blood pressure monitoring and screening, assistance with difficult health care decisions from a faith nursing perspective, counselling on end of life care and negotiating the many issues that surround people during this chapter in their lives. He can also assist with advance directives and Physician Ordered Life Sustaining Treatment forms. All communications are in the strictest confidence and are provided within the context of a loving faith community.
Parishioners may reach Richard in person when at church, by calling the church office or by email at [email protected].