Our Staff

Meet Warner Memorial's Outstanding Staff


  • Rev. Adele Crawford -
  • Dave Grace - Director, Christian Education
  • Rana Oriolo - LCYC Director
  • Peter Smeallie - Music Director
  • Dina Bickel - Administrative Assistant
  • Shervonne Johnson - Sunday Morning Preschool/Nursery Aide
Rev. Adele Crawford -

Rev. Adele Crawford

We are pleased to welcome Reverend Adele Crawford as Warner's new pastor! Adele grew up in Birmingham, Michigan, where both music and church played central roles in her life from an early age. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music before embarking on a 15-year professional career in opera.

In 2005, she finally felt ready to answer the other call in her life - one to ministry - which she had felt since she was 19. As a fourth-generation pastor, she likes to say she "entered the family business." After a year at Louisville Seminary, she transferred to Yale Divinity School where she earned her MDiv in 2008. As an ordained PC(USA) pastor with eleven years experience, Adele takes seriously and joyfully her vow to serve the church with "energy, intelligence, imagination and love."

In her spare time, Adele loves to hike or walk with her 11 year old Cocker Spaniel, Rony, work in her garden, share a glass of beer or wine with friends, read, attend concerts/theater, and travel.
10123 Connecticut Ave. Kensington MD 20895 301-949-2900
Dave Grace - Director, Christian Education

Dave Grace

Director, Christian Education

Dave Grace became Warner Memorial's Director of Christian Education in September 2017. Eager to teach our common call to love the Lord and our neighbors in creation, Dave's particular sense of call is well located in this Earth Care Congregation.

Dave's undergraduate study in Environmental Studies and Religious Studies at Warren Wilson College ('08-'12) – a PC(USA) affiliated work college – included janitorial cleaning, landscaping, and two years of work in the campus office of religous life. These formative years affirmed Dave's commitment to Christian Education that attends to our custodial calling within creation.

Dave then joined the staff and membership of Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC, serving three years in its youth ministry and, following, one year as a ministry intern ('15-'16). During the course of this work, Dave began graduate study at Duke University as a dual-masters degree student of Divinity and Environmental Management. Dave served in the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Duke in the final year of this graduate program ('16-'17).

Dave remains an inquirer in the PC(USA) ordination process under care of Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church in New Hope Presbytery.
Rana Oriolo - LCYC Director

Rana Oriolo

LCYC Director

Our new director, Rana Oriolo, comes to LCYC from the Rockville Community Nursery School, where she had over nine years of experience teaching in the 2-year-old, 3-year old and 4-year old programs, and served as assistant director. Rana’s positive attitude, kind disposition, and non-stop energy make it very easy for parents to entrust their most precious possessions to her. Her ability to balance the individual needs of students, along with her understanding of young children’s development in a group, allow her to create a warm, nurturing environment where children learn together and thrive as individuals. Rana is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, with a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development and a Birth-Kindergarten teaching license. She has completed continuing education in preschool administration.

Rana knows the parent cooperative model from both sides, as a teacher and a parent. She grew up in Montgomery County and attended MCPS schools from Pre-K to twelfth grade. She lives in Olney with her husband and three children, ages 9, 6 and 15 months.
10123 Connecticut Ave Kensington MD 20895 301-949-2933
Peter Smeallie - Music Director

Peter Smeallie

Music Director

Peter Smeallie has been involved with the music program at Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church since 1988, including a 12-year stint as Associate Director of Music from 1990 to 2002. He serves as Choral Music and Theatre Director at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, a position he has held since 1986. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Music Education Degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Dina Bickel - Administrative Assistant

Dina Bickel

Administrative Assistant

Dina has served as the administrative assistant of Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church since February 2015. Prior to joining Warner, she has been a stay-at-home mom for 11 years. She holds architecture degrees from University of Maryland at College Park and has gratefully found fulfilling part-time work that works with her family. Married with three children, Dina enjoys spending time with her active family and playing tennis competitively.
Shervonne Johnson - Sunday Morning Preschool/Nursery Aide

Shervonne Johnson

Sunday Morning Preschool/Nursery Aide

My name is Shervonne Johnson. I am from the United States Virgin Islands (St. Croix). I attended Columbia Union College (Washington Adventist University) where I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Administration. I am currently attending Trinity University in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

I am a Preschool Director at the Friendship Children’s Center. I enjoy making a difference in the lives of children as they enter my school environment. I believe that learning is a fun process and not a routine.

During my spare time, I like to travel, go to the movies, go bowling, and enjoy a White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks.

My favorite Bible text which has been my rock and foundation is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13