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Floris United Methodist Church

Communications Ministry Staff


  • Cynthia Lopnyski - Director of Communications
  • Carol Edwards - Website Specialist
  • Susan Ward - Graphics Specialist
  • Peggy Manduke - Communications Assistant
  • Beth Kralles - Application Support Specialist
  • Steven Dixon - A/V Coordinator
Cynthia Lopnyski - Director of Communications

Cynthia Lopnyski

Director of Communications

Cynthia Lopynski is Director of Communicationss at Floris United Methodist Church. Cynthia grew up in Severna Park, Md. (near Annapolis). She ended up in Herndon, Va. by way of James Madison University and a job right out of college with AT&T.

Cynthia has a BS in Management Information Systems from JMU and her desire to serve the church with excellence led her to take coursework at Wesley Theological Seminary to become a certified lay professional in 2005. Cynthia has been part of the Floris UMC family since 1991 and may be the only person who can claim to have walked to all three churches. She met her husband Jerry, an Arlington native, at AT&T. They have two wonderful daughters and one very large cat named Archimedes.

Cynthia began working at Floris in 1999. As the Director of Connections she is responsible for Communications and for the Connections Ministry. She is responsible for executing the strategic vision of the church by ensuring that focus areas of the church (Worship, Small Groups and Service) draw first-time guests into the life of the church so that they might worship regularly, grow intentionally, and serve faithfully, and to encourage regular worshipping attendees to move into grow and serve opportunities. Cynthia partners with the Directors of Worship, Grow, and Serve to identify strategic opportunities to invite the local community to Floris UMC.

• Favorite Bible verse: Proverbs 3:5-6
• First job: Cynthia’s first job was at Burger King (Her favorite part of the job was hosting the kid’s birthday parties).
• Cynthia’s idea of a perfect day: Watching a lacrosse game followed by a sunset sail on the Chesapeake Bay and a crab feast!
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Carol Edwards - Website Specialist

Carol Edwards

Website Specialist

Carol Edwards is the Website Specialist at Floris United Methodist Church. Carol is a native of Northern Virginia and attended St. Mathews UMC in Annandale, Va. She has a BS in Public Administration from George Mason University and an MA of Human Resources Management from Marymount University.
Carol is married and has two children and enjoys living in Herndon with her two dogs.

Carol began working at Floris UMC in 2007. Her primary responsibilities include providing communications to Floris’ congregation and the community on the events and other activities in the life of the church.

• Favorite Bible verse: 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
• First job: Carol’s first job was at Mr. Gatti’s pizza in Fairfax, Va
• Carol’s idea of a perfect day: Carol’s idea of a perfect day is any day spent at the beach.
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Susan Ward - Graphics Specialist

Susan Ward

Graphics Specialist

Susan Ward is the Graphics Specialist at Floris United Methodist Church. Susan was born in South Dakota, but moved to Herndon, Va. as a young girl.

She began attending Floris UMC when she was five years old. Susan has a BS in Television-Radio from Ithaca College and is married with three children.
Susan has been working at Floris UMC since 2005. Her primary responsibilities are designing graphics for ministry programs. She provides creative designs for all major sermon series and creates bulletin shells and worship slides to enhance the series. Susan is also responsible for the “look and feel” of all of Floris’ major publications, including newsletters, brochures, booklets, etc.

• Favorite Bible verse: Ephesians 3:17-20.
• First job: Susan’s first job was at Old Navy.
• Susan’s idea of a perfect day: Susan’s idea of a perfect day is a day where there is nothing planned on the calendar!
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Peggy Manduke - Communications Assistant

Peggy Manduke

Communications Assistant

Peggy is a native Washingtonian, having grown up in Falls Church. She is a bicentennial graduate from Falls Church High School and studied accounting at Northern Virginia Community College. Peggy and her husband, Mark, have two lovely children, Jennifer and Michael, and a black lab named Shadow. She also has three older brothers, “The Beech Boys,” all of whom live within 20 minutes of her home.

Peggy began volunteering at Floris in 2002 when Michael attended Floris Preschool. She was hired as a receptionist when the current building first opened in 2006. Peggy now works in the Connections Ministry. Her primary responsibilities include processing room requests, maintaining room monitors, maintaining membership data, compiling announcements for the Sunday bulletin and weekly H@ppenings, processing the weekly eNote and helping with large church events as well as other tasks.

• First job: Peggy’s first job was as a computer assembler for Analytics in Tysons Corner where she learned how to solder printed circuit boards, wire wrap and make cables. She also worked for two local builders, NVHomes and Richmond American Homes, for 15 years as Division Secretary and Budget Coordinator/Internal Auditor before starting a family.
• Peggy’s idea of a perfect day: Relaxing on or by the water, reading a good book.
• Peggy lived in Las Vegas for three years and misses being able to boat on Lake Meade which never gets as crowded as Lake Anna does. She enjoys the Witt/Beech family reunions every other year when 100+ of her relatives from her Mom’s side of the family get together for a week. The reunion is capped off by the Witt Olympics that have consisted of a jelly bean-spitting contest, olive relay, Frisbee toss and several golfing competitions.
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Beth Kralles - Application Support Specialist

Beth Kralles

Application Support Specialist

Beth Kralles

Applications Support Specialist

Beth Kralles is the Applications Support Specialist at Floris United Methodist Church. Beth grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Chantilly in 1991 on her 30th birthday. She graduated from Shippensburg University with a BA in Mathematics/Computer Science concentration. Beth is married to John and has two wonderful children.

Beth joined Floris in April 2012 and her main responsibility is to support the transition of the church to a new database system. She is very grateful to the staff for the wonderful welcome she has received as she learns about the church and the new software.

• First job: Cleaning the officer barracks for the Army National Guard Reserves at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.
• Beth’s idea of a perfect day: Spending time with her family especially when a beach or sporting event is involved

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Steven Dixon - A/V Coordinator

Steven Dixon

A/V Coordinator

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