Leadership and Staff

  • Claire Wachter

    Claire Wachter is the Director of Ministries and Operations at St. Stephen's.  She has worked at St. Stephen's since February 2017 and is also a member of St. Stephen's. Claire is invested in seeing St. Stephen's grow and flourish.   Claire has a Physician Assistant Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and lives in Fairview with with her husband, Tim and three children, Andrew, Madeline and Kate. Claire can be reached at claire@ssecfairview.org

  • Kate Thiem

    Kate Thiem is the Director of Music at St. Stephen's. Prior to her appointment, she spent seven years as the music director at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Erie. She is also a choral music teacher at Westlake Middle School in the Millcreek Township School District. 

    Kate received a B.M in Vocal Performance at Mercyhurst University and a M.M. in Classical Voice from New York University.  She is an avid performer in the region, having appeared onstage at the Erie Playhouse, Dramashop, the Riverside Inn, and with the murder mystery troupe in All Seriousness. Some of her favorite shows include Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, Forbidden Broadway, Chess: In Concert and Evita.  Kate has also appeared as a guest soloist with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the Butler Symphony, and the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. Kate is a frequent accompanist and vocal coach for choral groups and musicals.  She directs the Westlake Middle School Musical and the Honors Chorus.  In her free time, Kate works as an independent travel agent for the Vacationeer, an agency specializing in Disney vacations.  She enjoys golfing and traveling with her husband, Patrick. 

  • Susan Schuette

    Susan Schuette is the Director of Finance for St. Stephen's Episcoapl Church and St. Stephen's Nursery School.  She has volunteered and worked at St. Stephen's since 2006.  Susan has an Accounting Degree from Mercyhurst University and is a proud parent of daughter, Emma and son, Ethan. 

  • Sheila Causgrove

    Sheila Causgrove is the Director of Operations/Head of School of St. Stephen's Nursery Schooll.  Sheila has been involved with the nursery school for over 30 years. 


St. Stephen's Bishop's Committee provides administrative and pastoral directions to the members (Clergy and Laity) of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. The Bishop's Committee is composed of members from the congregation, representing a diverse set of skills and gifts for leadership. The Bishop's Committee, along with the Vicar, has a responsibility for overseeing and setting the vision for the congregation, as well as care for the building, finances, and outreach opportunities. Bishop Committee Members are elected for a term of one year and hold their meetings once a month.