Rector, Staff & Vestry


The Reverend Dorota Wright-Pruski


Originally from Poland and raised in the great state of Iowa, Rev. Dorota moved to Wisconsin in 2002 where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Marquette University. After discerning a call to priesthood, she earned her Masters of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary while also serving Christ Church in Georgetown as a seminarian and deacon. She was ordained in 2013 and moved back to Wisconsin to begin her priesthood as the Associate Rector of St. Andrew’s in Madison.

While a community organizer in Milwaukee, Rev. Dorota fell in love with the Episcopal Church and the way it beautifully integrated ancient spiritual practices with 21st century opportunities and challenges. She carries that passion forward and believes in ministries that inspire, move, teach and share the community, fostering strong and sustainable lay leadership, and finding new opportunities for creativity and joy in ministry.

Rev. Dorota is an avid runner, as is her husband Colin. She also enjoys baking bread, biking, swimming, recycling, and dessert.

You can contact Rev. Dorota via email to gro.n1685864624otgni1685864624lrasw1685864624erdna1685864624ts@ro1685864624tcer1685864624 or call (703) 522-1600.


Brandon Heishman
Music Ministry Director

Rector, Vestry, Staff - Brandon Heisman
Brandon joined St. Andrew’s in January of 2016 after moving to the DC area from his hometown near Harrisonburg, VA. He graduated with a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Mississippi. He studied organ and voice at Bridgewater College in Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music.

Brandon is a firm believer in the transformative power of music, especially through singing. When he’s not working, Brandon likes to spend time in the kitchen or singing show tunes at home with his fiancé, Josh.

You can contact Brandon via email.

Emily Blecksmith
Parish Administrator

Emily Blecksmith is shown from the shoulders up, standing with the St. Andrew's banner.

Emily comes to us from Rochester, NY, where she served as the Pastoral Administrator for a Presbyterian church. She lives in McLean with her two children, who are in fifth and seventh grades, and her husband Josh Walters, who serves as the rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in McLean.

Emily brings with her a love of people and a gift for administration. She celebrates the joys of church life and lovingly embraces its quirks.

You can contact Emily via email.

Mallory Nonnemaker
Family Ministries Director

Mallory Nonnemaker is shown from the shoulders up, standing with the St. Andrew's banner.
Mallory Nonnemaker is the Director of Family Ministries and lives in Alexandria with her husband Brandon, her twin sons Finley and Fletcher, and Charlie the Dog and Larry the Turtle.

Mallory spent several years working with youth and children in the Diocese of Atlanta and is thrilled to be a part of the St Andrew’s family.

When she isn’t working on formation for the St Andrew’s crew, Mallory teaches theatre at Episcopal High School. She loves to spend time outdoors and read a good book.

You can contact Mallory via email.

Redmond Self
Summer Seminarian

A mobilization through the Army Reserve brought Redmond to Arlington in 2017, where he began discerning God’s call to the priesthood. He began his seminary education with Virginia Theological Seminary in 2021 and is now entering his final year of study. Spirit, he is now discerning a call to priesthood and is in his final year of study at Virginia Theological Seminary. He holds a BA in Theology and Philosophy from Villanova University.

Redmond has joined the Saint Andrew’s team for the summer through the Diocese of Virginia’s CPE Mid-Atlantic training program. He is excited to serve, work, learn and grow in ministry alongside the this wonderful community.

Redmond reading and writing stories, collecting books, and exploring the city.  You can contact him via email.

Vestry Members

For those new to the Episcopal Church, the Vestry is “the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property.” This group helps articulate the congregation’s vision and support the church’s mission through selection of the rector and management of resources and finances. Vestry representatives are elected from the church’s membership and generally serve a three-year term. Learn more about the role of a vestry on the Episcopal Church’s site.

Mark Seip
Senior Warden

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Sarah Flowers
Junior Warden

Sarah Flowers, shown from shoulders up

David Adcock

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Camille Benton

Camille Benton, shown from the shoulders up

Elissa Ghosh

Elissa Ghosh, shown from the shoulders up

Dana Madsen

Dana Madsen, shown from the chest up

Rosalia Rodriguez-Garcia

Rosalia Rodriguez-Garcia, shown from shoulders up

Shelley Volkwein

Shelley Volkwein, shown from the chest up

Sarah Wronsky

Sarah Wronsky, shown from the chest up

Doris Smith

Doris Smith, shown from the shoulders up

Marie Hone

Photo of Marie Hone from shoulders up, standing in front of St. Andrew's banner