The Chapter

Senior Warden

Vacant Position

Junior Warden

Michael Graham

Junior Warden of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. My grandfather sold lumber to farmers in Nebraska.  My father sold movies to people seeking entertainment.  I live somewhere in between.


My current Bible experience is reading the Old Testament backwards.  My favorite little passage today is Daniel 2, verses 1 to 23. Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

Chapter Treasurer

Thomas M. Berger

Tom is the Vice President, Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. He has a distinguished career as a consultant and senior not-for-profit executive with expertise in strategic planning and general/financial management. He has been a member of Trinity Cathedral since 2013 serving first as Assistant Treasurer then Treasurer during this time. He is also a lector (8:00 AM service). Tom and his wife Ann celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary last December.


Favorite Bible verse: Ecclesiastes 3: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

Chapter Secretary

Thomas Gay

I was in Ann Arbor, Michigan the same week that the Beatles released their first album, Please Please Me, in mono.  As the youngest of five, growing up in suburban Detroit, I played team sports and did well in school.  I received my Master of Architecture degree also from Columbia in 1988, I met my wife, Marjorie, in 1993 and our son, Joseph, who many of you know through his service as an acolyte, was born in 2003.  We moved to Miami arriving on New Year’s Eve of 2003.  I found work with SB Architects in Coral Gables.  Shortly after arriving, Marjorie discovered Trinity Cathedral.  We were quickly drawn in by the beautiful building, the magnificent music and, most importantly, the wonderful members.  Serving here as an usher for several years has allowed me to meet and get to know many of you, and those relationships have kept me coming back every Sunday.  I come not for solace and pardon only, but for strength and renewal.  Now, it is my pleasure to serve as Secretary of the Chapter. Without doubt, we face more challenging and uncertain times ahead, but, working together as a community, and living our lives in Christ, we will all survive and thrive for better times to come.


Favorite (i.e., Most Challenging) Bible Verse: Matthew 7:13-14 13Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Diocesan Representative

Pat Jordan

Pat serves as the Diocesan representative on the Trinity Chapter. Her home Church is St. Gregory’s in Boca Raton. When she is not serving the church, she works as a real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway. 


Her favorite Bible verse is somewhere between Genesis 1:1 and Revelation 22:21.

Chapter Member

Irene E. Canizares

I currently live in Miami, I did all my studies in Venezuela, graduating with a degree in Computer Science, later I did a specialization in Information Systems and Management, and finally I also did a Master's Degree in Business Management. Work for more than 20 years is a Telecommunications company always oriented to areas of Technology. Here I have worked in Confectionery (supermarkets, restaurants and hotels), preparing and decorating different types of desserts, and also interacting with the public. I currently work as a Special Projects Coordinator for a contractor, eventually decorating desserts when time permits.


Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 91-He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, he will dwell under the shadow of the Almighty.

Chapter Member

Ed Hibshman

Ed Hibshman is a Miami native, a Ransom Everglades and Harvard graduate. Ed started his business career as a strategic planner at a Fortune 100 company. His recent philanthropic and charitable activities:


Member - Chapter Trinity Cathedral Miami

Member - Property + Loan Committee DIOSEF

Member - Dean’s Advisory Counsel FIU Herb Wertheim College of Medicine

Chairman of Board - Biomedical Science Foundation Inc

Member - Real Estate Advisory Board Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida 

                   Affordable Housing advocate and developer non profit

Ed has been married for 30 years to Phebe. Ed and Phebe have two adult daughters, Grace and Sarah.


Favorite Bible verse: Ephesians 4:31-32 - Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Chapter Member

Mariana Jimenez Ruz

I am Venezuelan from the city of Maracaibo and I have been living here in the USA for 7 years. I have a 14-year-old daughter named María Victoria; I am a cooperative and responsible person. I like music and enjoy sharing time with family.


Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want”

Chapter Member

Olufemi Lalude

I am an engineer.  Did my undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) and University of California (Los Angeles). I worked in various capacities at UCLA, Bechtel Corporation in California, Shell Oil Companies in Nigeria, The Netherlands and The United States as well as an independent Consultant after retirement from Shell.


Favorite Bible verse:  Mark 12:31 - and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."

Chapter Member

Tony Major

I am a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Senior Fitness Instructor, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Certified Body Building Instructor & Wellness Coach. My specialties are Muscle Building, Weight Loss, Strength & Endurance, Athletic Performance, Nutrition, and Senior Fitness. In addition to one-on-one personalized coaching, I also work closely with senior healthcare facilities, physicians and mental health professionals to create customized programs that enhance & enrich their patients lives. My book, Sit To Get Fit, is a complete program designed specifically for seniors to do easy, effective exercises all from a chair and in the comfort of their own home. I am a big fan of nature and love the outdoors. I practice Reiki, meditation, and follow a vegetarian and holistic lifestyle filled with peace & love.


My favorite verse is John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Chapter Member

Norma Rodriguez

My name is Norma, I am from Argentina and I immigrated to this country several years ago. In Miami, I worked after obtaining my license as a registered nurse (RN), I did a wonderful job helping those who needed it. I have been attending this beloved cathedral for three years but I feel so comfortable here because the equality, charity and empathy make me believe that I have always been there.


My favorite biblical passage is the story of Job. I was very moved, since it reflects how Jesus takes away from us to teach us and then gives us everything and more. Let's get closer to him every day.

Chapter Member

Mark Steinbauer

I live on Miami Beach. Moved from North Florida in 2014. I've been a member of Trinity since 2015; was drawn to the parish for its music and liturgical ministries as well as for its location in the center of Miami. I'm now retired after a career in healthcare administration of mental health programs. I see many possibilities as Trinity looks to grow in new directions while adhering to all that has made the parish special. 


Zephaniah 3:15: The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more.

Chapter Member

Robert T. Watson

Born in Texas and raised in Southern California, Robert has lived in Miami for 18 years. He is a state court judge and before that practiced law for 15 years. He has lived in Costa Rica & Chile and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Robert enjoys the fellowship, music, and inspirational message and mission of Trinity Cathedral. 


Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 15:16 - “Better is little with fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.”

Chapter Member

Yuly van Brakel

Founder of YULY360, a clothing line made for real women, building strength every day as we navigate life’s challenges. Prior to launching Yuly360 Clothing brand, Yuly founded her digital marketing agency, Encoders, with which she helped build and consolidate brands of small businesses in different industries in the United States. Yuly graduated in Venezuela from Catholic University Andres Bello, and received her MBA from IESA, Top 10 ranked business school in Latin America. Her passion for helping others led her to serve as Junior Warden of the Church she attends, President of the Mom's Club at her children's school, as well as an active member of various boards of the institution, and volunteer of the No More Tears organization for the fight against domestic violence and human trafficking. When she is not working on her business, or spending time with her husband and 2 kids, she uses her social media channels as a tool to inspire women to show themselves in a genuine way, to lead a healthy and active life. 

Chapter Member - The Reverend Canon

Debra Andrew Maconaughey

Rector of St. Columba Church since 2007, a member of the Diocesan Congregational Vitality Team, served on the Executive and Parish Finance and Assessment Committees, a current Deputy to the General Convention, honorary Canon to Trinity Cathedral, past board president of Episcopal Charities, currently the Chairperson of KAIR (Middle Keys Foodbank) and Independence Cay Transitional Housing, Middle Keys.

I have lived in and loved the Florida Keys for nearly twenty years. During my tenure at St. Columba our congregation has worked hard to develop a dynamic relationship and be a help to the community of Marathon and we have created The Hammock House, a Free Afterschool Program and Camp Program serving the children of the Middle Keys, purchased and rehabilitated an 18 unit workforce housing apartment complex, which opened in July of 2020, we have created The Florida Keys Celtic Festival, the third largest festival event in the Florida Keys, and opened two thrift shops serving the Florida Keys. I am a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, New York University and Temple University. 

Chapter Member

Rolando Alegret Rojo

I was born in Cuba and have always been a member of the Episcopal church: I am a "cradle Episcopalian". From a very early age, I was moved by the liturgy of the church. I have been a youth leader, a lay lector, currently serve as an acolyte, in the choir, and as a catechist. I have also served as a delegate to the diocesan convention.

I graduated in nursing in Cuba and came back here to study, I am currently working as a nurse at the University of Miami Hospital in the outpatient oncology ward.

It is such a special honor to be part of the Chapter. My past experience with Vestry was an opportunity to serve the parish and for personal growth.

The Cathedral is our beautiful spiritual home, and I am very excited about what we have accomplished and what the future holds. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you all and support the mission of the Cathedral in the coming years.

My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Chapter Member

Beau Daane

Beau Daane is a Duke educated corporate sustainability and real estate professional with over 16 years experience in leadership roles across multiple sectors including publicly traded companies in the travel and mining industries. He also has experience in the consulting, education, foundation and government fields. At Norwegian Cruise Line (NYSE: NCLH), Covia, and Harvard Maintenance, he worked/works with executive management and at the board level to identify, manage and report on the highest impact sustainability topics. He is currently the director of sustainability at Harvard Maintenance, one of the largest providers of building managed services in the US with over 10,000 employees in 48 states. From 2006-2019, he also ran a private real estate development company focused on rehab projects in Cleveland's renaissance neighborhoods. Beau completed his MBA at Case Western Reserve University in 2012 and his certification in Appreciative Inquiry (AI) in 2013. Beau served on the board of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, as well as the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, OH, and enjoys working out, tutoring, and gardening

In his words: I’ve been a member of the Cathedral since Dec 2019 and I’ve been involved as a lector on Sunday mornings. The Cathedral matters to me because I view it as a gateway, a path to God. As C.S. Lewis said, it’s nice to want to go to America, but it would be very difficult to do so without a map. The Church is a key map to God.

In the next three years, I would like to see stability and growth. We’ve been through so many Interim priests, now we need one shepherd to guide us.

There are lots of opportunity to serve and grow the congregation. The one area in which I plan to be involved in is the welcoming and connecting of visitors.