Parish Leadership
St. Francis is guided by compassionate clergy, skilled staff, and an enthusiastic laity. The following are brief biographies of the St. Francis leadership team.
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The Rev. Maly Hughes, Rector

Maly was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. A cradle Episcopalian, she was baptized at All Saints’ in Atlanta and confirmed at the Cathedral of St. Philip where she sang in the St. Cecilia Girls Choir and was active in the youth group (then called EYC). Maly graduated from North Atlanta High School (Buckhead). She attended Brenau College in Gainesville, GA and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree (English and Voice Performance). Maly started seminary in 1993 and graduated from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA in 1996. She was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests in 1997 at Trinity Cathedral, San Jose. Her first call was as youth minister at Christ Church, Los Altos. Later she was called to St. Mark’s, Los Olivos (Diocese of Los Angeles) as assistant rector and remained there until joining the staff of St. Timothy’s, Mountain View in 2000 as priest executive. She became the associate rector at St. Jude’s, Cupertino in 2010. She was called to St. Francis as rector January 1, 2013.

Maly is active in the diocese (El Camino Real) as Secretary of Convention, served as president of the Standing Committee, Vocations Secretary for the Commission on Ministry, and serves on the ECR deputation to General Convention 2015 and will serve in 2018. She has been on two diocesan strategic planning committees and was on the Bishop’s Search Committee that presented the slate resulting in the election of the present bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves.

She is married to Allan Hughes (retired) and they live in Willow Glen. They are both active in choral music in the Bay Area. Maly and Allan have five grown children and seven grandchildren. "What a blessing and gift to serve as rector of St. that I will cherish." The Rev. Maly Hughes


The Rev. Katherine Baginski Doar, Associate Priest, Director of Community Development & Outreach

Since 1999, Katherine has been the Children and Family Minister at St. Francis, building ministries that form our children and youth as Christians with opportunities for all to discover and share their talents.

Katherine's journey toward becoming an Episcopal priest started at a very young age. "I felt that God wanted me to do something with my life that helped others, but as a Roman Catholic girl, I didn't see the priesthood as an option. I spent my young adult years looking for the place and way that God wanted me to serve: teaching in the Peace Corps in Africa, finding my denominational home in the Episcopal church, working for a homeless agency in San Francisco and a battered women's shelter in Boston, going to seminary to study feminist theology and instead ending up deeply engaged in pastoral ministry. Through all this, the pieces gradually came together for me, and I felt God calling me to be a priest in the Episcopal Church."

Her seminary education was at Harvard Divinity School and Church Divinity School of the Pacific, but she also credits her time in the Peace Corps, 18 months working in homeless services in San Francisco, and nine years as a co-op preschool parent as critical to her formation for ministry.

Katherine has three children—one in middle school, and two in college—so one of her other hats is as a passionate advocate for our local public schools. She's also an avid skier and "a big time musical theatre junkie."

The Rev. Stephenie Rose Cooper, Deacon

Stephenie is our own home-grown deacon. After many years of study, volunteering in the community and full-time employment in hi-tech, Stephenie was ordained in 2010 to the diaconate in the Diocese of El Camino. Her duties have her serving the community, her home parish, and Holy Family in San Jose. For the past few years, she has also been appointed annually as an Assistant Secretary of Diocesan Convention.


Michael Burroughs, Organist, Director of Music and Spiritual Life

Michael joined St. Francis in September of 2017. He comes from the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and studied piano and organ as an undergraduate at Virginia Intermont College and the University of Kentucky. He did his graduate work in counseling at East Tennessee State University, organ at University of Colorado Boulder, and theology at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. Michael lives in Santa Cruz where he is the director and teacher of the Northern Treasures Dharma Community. He has served as Director of Music and Organist at churches in San José, Boulder, CO and Washington, DC.


Kristina Nakagawa, Choir Director

Kristina joins the St. Francis staff in August of 2017. She has been performing and directing in the Silicon Valley since 2001. Besides serving as the choir director at St. Francis, Kristina serves as Artistic Director for Resounding Achord, and she previously worked at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills, Carden Hall School in Newport Beach, and she directed two choirs at UC Irvine. Her choirs consistently received superior rankings at California Music Educator’s festivals and Gold awards at Heritage Festivals in Anaheim. She has also worked as the musical director for several productions, including: The Wedding Singer, Once on This Island, The Pajama Game, Working, and Once Upon a Mattress, among others.

Kristina sang and served as the Assistant Conductor for The Choral Project from 2005 to 2012 where she participated in many world premieres: “Keramos” by Stephen Schwartz, Divide Light by Leslie Dill and Richard Marriott at Montalvo Arts Center, and Choose Life by Mona Lyn Reese with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. While Kristina sang with the choir, The Choral Project won the First Prize at the 2007 International Choral Festival in San Luis Obispo, and was invited to participate in the 2011 International Concorso Corale in Tolosa, Spain. She can be heard on their recordings: Winter, One is the All, Tell the World, and Yuletide.

As a soloist, Kristina has performed cabaret shows at Society Cabaret in San Francisco and San Jose, Theatre on San Pedro Square in San Jose, and also at Limelight Theatre in Gilroy. She was featured in the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus production of Enchantingly Wicked with Stephen Schwartz at Davies Symphony Hall, and has performed with Foothill Musical Theatre, South Bay Musical Theatre, and the Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus.

Kristina graduated in 2001 with a degree in Vocal Performance from UC Irvine, and finished her master’s degree in Choral Conducting from San José State University in 2005. While at SJSU, she was honored to study conducting with Dr. Charlene Archibeque and sang with the world-famous Choraliers. With Dr. “A” and the Choraliers, Kristina competed in the Spittal International Choral Festival in Austria and the Seghizzi Choral Competition in Gorizia, Italy.

Carrie Maietta, Parish Administrator

Carrie joined St. Francis in May of 2012. She was born and raised in West San Jose and moved to Willow Glen 27 years ago when she married her husband Michael. Together they have two grown children. Carrie's husband Michael is an Engineering Manager for Ericsson and has been in the tech industry for more than 25 years. They built their current home in Willow Glen 20 years ago, and she is happy to be within biking distance to St. Francis.

Carrie worked for many years in Human Resources in the tech industry before “retiring” to raise a family. She has been an avid volunteer in her community and has received Volunteer of the Year awards from Presentation High School, and Junior League of San Jose (Crystal Bowl Winner). She has served on Presentation High School’s Parent Board, LAMP Board (Loving Alumnae Mothers of Presentation), Bellarmine College Prep. Mother's Guild, and the Bellarmine AMEN Board (Alumni Mothers Extended Network).

In her spare time, Carrie enjoys spending time with family, gardening, sewing (wedding/formal gowns, quilts, window treatments, and teaching teens to sew), and cooking.

Carrie works from 9am – 3pm Monday - Friday.

The Vestry

In the Episcopal Church, the vestry is the governing board of the parish. It is elected by the congregation as a whole, and conducts its secular business. The rector is an ex officio member of the vestry and usually chairs its meetings. The leaders of the vestry are the rector, Senior Warden and Junior Warden.

Originally the word vestry referred to the room where the priest would put on his vestments, at which time and place the members of the congregation would often gather to discuss the affairs of the parish. Later, the word came to refer to the lay leaders themselves instead of a room.

The Episcopal Church uses a representative form of government instead of a pure democracy and members of the vestry are elected at the parish’s annual meeting. As its primary responsibility, the vestry oversees the parish’s financial health. In partnership with the rector, it develops and approves the annual parish budget.

At St. Francis, the vestry meets on the third Tuesday of the month to conduct its business and on special occasions as needed.

Vestry Members: Renee Nichols - Sr. Warden, Chris Peacock - Jr. Warden, Marilyn Booth, Joe Head, Jim Homer, Mary Mackenzie, Cindy Newberry, Tracey Parry, Jon Sarginger, Alyssa Steele, Tom Stolarik, Clerk of the Vestry - Donna Jewett, and Beth McKone - Treasurer,

Delegates to Diocesan Convention

Delegates represent St. Francis in the councils of the church, through their participation in deanery meetings and Diocesan Convention. Delegates ratify the diocesan budget, pass resolutions for diocesan government, and elect members of the diocese to various bodies and commissions, including the election of clergy and lay deputies to the national triennial General Convention. Delegates also have the privilege of electing diocesan bishops from time-to-time.

All active clergy are automatically members of the diocesan convention. In addition, each congregation in good standing elects lay delegates and alternates. The number of delegates and alternates is based on the average Sunday attendance of the previous year.

Deanery meetings are regional gatherings that occur two or three times per year. The Annual Meeting of Diocesan Convention is held in November.

The Rector of St. Francis, The Rev. Maly Hughes, currently serves as Secretary of Convention; President of the Standing Committee; Vocations Secretary of the Commission on Ministry; and Deputy to General Convention for the Diocese of El Camino Real. The Rev. Katherine Baginski Doar is a clergy member of convention for St. Francis, and is a member of the Youth Commission. The Rev. Stephenie Cooper is a clergy member of convention for Holy Child, Milpitas.

Lay Members of Convention (Delegates): Kelly Castellon, Joe Head, Janet Maich, Kimbra Ong, Alyssa Steele, and Isabelle Wright. Mary Mackenzie is an alternate.