Meet Our Vestry
Born in Illinois, Natosha Bomgardner was transplanted to Maryland in grade school when her dad obtained a job with the CIA. When he became ill, she and her family moved back to Illinois to be with extended family…but Ferndale, MD still felt like home.
After graduating with a BSW from Governor’s State University in University Park, IL, Natosha started her career working with adults with disabilities. She also helped coach at the Special Olympics and volunteered for P.A.D.S, homeless shelter.
Returnng to Maryland in 2003, Natosha continued her caring career and went back to college for her MSW at University of Maryland in Baltimore. She is currently a social worker at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, MD.
Natosha married John Bomgardner in 2006 and has a young daughter, Ava, and a black Labrador named Max. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer, attending sporting events, playing games, working on arts and crafts, and spending time with family and friends.
Natosha started attending St. Christopher’s in 2009, and has helped with the Homeless Shelter Week, Tortellini Dinner, Princess Tea Party, and Hospitality. Her grandmother is Episcopalian, so she has learned a lot from her and feels the same comfort in attending church service at St. Christopher’s. As a new member of the vestry, Natosha is looking forward to this new level of participation.
As a life-long Episcopalian, Margaret finds it difficult to imagine her life without the presence of the church as a source of strength, solace, and learning as well as an organization that facilitates charity and outreach to others.
She grew up in a parish in which her entire family was involved: her mother’s uncle had designed and built the church; her father was in charge of the Sunday School and on the vestry; her Mother and Grandmother were on the altar guild and constantly cooking fabulous meals in the church’s big kitchen. What role models!
After Margaret and her husband Bob were married in that church, they spread our wings and were able to worship all over the world as Bob’s Air Force career took them from coast to coast in this country and then to Europe.
Each time we moved, Bob told their three children that they might change houses and have to make new friends, but the church was our constant no matter where they were. Through the years at the many parishes they joined, Bob and Margaret taught Sunday School and classes for baptism and confirmation, served on vestries, sang in choirs, were representatives to diocesan conventions, and met other challenges along the road. They have found the span of rich experiences a source of constant wonder at God’s love, occasionally just wondering what God’s up to!
Margaret hopes to continue to grow in her understanding of God’s purpose for her life by serving in whatever direction God calls her, whether it’s teaching, serving on the vestry, or just praying quietly. The adventure continues…
Peter Notari has been a member of the Saint Christopher’s family since 1990, when he joined the church with his wife, Kathy and three children, Melanie, Mary and Joseph.
Pete was raised as a Roman Catholic in Louisville, Kentucky where, with his family, he attended St. Rita Parish. He attended the Catholic high school; St. Francis DeSales, where he was taught by Carmelite priests.
Pete is an architect practicing in Washington. Before joining St. Christopher’s, he was active in the Baltimore community as President of the Baltimore Linwood Improvement Association, President and Co Founder of the Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation, Board member of the Neighborhood Housing Services, and President and board member of the Neighborhood Design Center.
Since joining St. Christopher’s, Pete has been active as a past member of the Vestry, as Junior Warden, as Senior Warden and past member of the Foundation. Additionally, he has taught Sunday school, and was the Church’s property manager.