Mercy House Board and parish leadership
June 2019

Pictured are, left to right:

Mercy House Board members (Left to Right):  Mark Griffin, Mark Claverie (Treasurer), Laura Bradigan, Bethesda Interim Rector Dean Marshall J. Vang, Doug Huston, Mary Withington (Vice President), Howard Nelson, Bethesda Senior Warden Darren Miller, and Gordon Boyd (Mercy House Board President).  Missing from picture, Tom Remington, Mary Sanders Shartle. 


Operation of the guest accommodations will be “managed by Mercy House of Saratoga, Inc. a 501(c)(3) corporation separate from Bethesda.” Board members of Mercy House are nominated by Bethesda’s governing Vestry, but Mercy House is nondenominational. Mercy House currently has a board of seven members (see below) dedicated to its operation. The board provides corporate and fiscal guidance and accountability for all operations attendant to the housing mission, and the coordination of these accommodations with our Community Partners and Bethesda. In this way, Mercy House realizes Bethesda’s religious mission to care for the poor, homeless, and needy in our community.

Mercy House Board

Gordon M. Boyd, President
Mary Withington, Vice President
Mary Sanders Shartle, Secretary
Mark Claverie, Treasurer
Mark Griffin
Howard Nelson
Tom Remington


Gordon Boyd, President, is also chair of Bethesda’s Building Committee and co-chair of the Capital Campaign. He is a former policy analyst for the State Legislature. He founded and led an energy brokerage business that serves municipal and business customers across New York State. A lifelong Episcopalian, he served six years on the Vestry where he helped in the establishment of the Bethesda Endowment, and the design and approval of the new parish house. Previously, he was a religious volunteer at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility. He is also a father and grandfather, and sings in the Bethesda choir. He is active in civic affairs, having served on the board of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, along with a number of local and statewide boards and commissions.

Mark Claverie, Treasurer, recently retired, was employed by the State University of New York Empire State College as the Director of Enterprise Architecture and Applications in the Information Technologies Department in Saratoga Springs, NY. He managed group of 18 technical staff, primarily programmer/analysts and web developers, who are responsible for supporting the college administrative applications and web sites.  He has been an active member of Bethesda Episcopal Church since 1999, where he served on the Vestry and as Church Warden. He continues to serve as an usher, lector and bell ringer.

Mark Griffin works in computer assisted manufacturing and factory systems at Global Foundries, the microchip maker in Malta, NY. He is a long time faithful member of Bethesda and former volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, as well as a former student at Empire State College.

Howard Nelson is the former executive director of the Hudson Headwaters Health Foundation, responsible for all aspects of fundraising for the Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a primary care organization servings the Adirondacks and the Glens Falls area. Prior to that, Nelson worked in public relations for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the New York State Assembly and as an independent consultant. Nelson has served as a board member for the Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center in Albany, Community Work and Independence in Glens Falls and the Lake George Arts Project.

Thomas Remington is a retired mechanic and fabricator for Stewart’s Shops, was also proprietor of an auto and truck repair and service business. He is a New York State certified specialist in construction and maintenance of traffic control devices and was an officer of his CSEA bargaining unit.. Remington has volunteered with Stewart’s Federal Credit Union, the New York State Stock Car Association Board of Directors, and is treasurer of the Patrick Henry Chapter, Friends of National Rifle Association, part of the NRA Foundation. He has also served as a member of Bethesda’s Vestry.

Mary Sanders Shartle, Secretary. Her novel, The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale, appeared in 2014 from SUNY Press, and has won several critical awards. She is a member of “The Three Poets” with colleagues Marilyn McCabe and Elaine Handley, three time winners of the Adirondack Center for Writing Poetry Award. Their book, Tear of the Clouds, was released by Ra Press in 2010. She was extensively involved as one of the authors and co-editor of the 2018 publication of Bethesda Episcopal Church: Worship and Healing in Saratoga Springs. Shartle teaches numerous writing workshops for all ages. She is frequently an instructor for the Road Scholars program through Great Camp Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark in Raquette Lake, NY. Shartle has served on the board of the Adirondack Center for Writing, is a past president of Saratoga Arts and a NYSCA individual artist grant recipient (2008). Her website is

Mary M. Withington, Vice President, received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in 1978 and her J.D. from Albany Law School in 1981. Ms. Withington has been a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. since 1982, serving as a Supervising Attorney since 1986. Her current practice is primarily in the areas of disability and family law. Ms. Withington, co-chair of Bethesda’s Capital Campaign, is currently president of the Board of Directors of the Home of the Good Shepherd, serves on the Board of Directors of the Homeless Youth Coalition of Warren and Washington Counties, and is former Senior Warden and former Vestry member of Bethesda.