Our Staff

Meet Warner Memorial's Outstanding Staff


  • Rev. Laura Hollister -
  • Peter Smeallie - Music Director
  • Dina Bickel - Administrative Assistant
  • Karen Murphy - Director, LCYC
Rev. Laura Hollister -

Rev. Laura Hollister

Laura Hollister has been Parish Associate at Warner Memorial since March 2016. She is joyed to be able to serve as Stated Supply during this important time of transition at the church.

The ministry is Laura’s second career. After college, Laura lived near her family in Montgomery County and worked for 19 years as writer, then editor, then advertising sales executive, for various publications. She capped her publishing career with 8 years as an advertising executive for The Washington Post, where she won awards for excellence in leadership, productivity, and character. While at The Post Laura met Jesus. Inspired by her faith in Christ, she moved to Los Angeles in 1995 to attend Fuller Seminary, then entered the ministry. Laura has a special heart for those in the margins, expressed in her work as Associate Pastor to the multicultural Twin Cities, MN, PC(USA) congregation Church of All Nations; Chaplain Resident at the St. Cloud, MN, Veterans Administration Medical Center where she provided spiritual care to combat veterans; and as solo pastor for 7 years to the Czech Bohemian PC(USA) First Presbyterian Church of Schuyler, NE, where she helped the congregation reach out to recent immigrants in the community.

While she was in Nebraska, Laura’s family brought her father who’d long battled Parkinson’s to live near her—which she considered a gift from God. With the 2013 death of her father Laura felt called in a new direction: to help strengthen the family. In April of 2014 she returned home. This June she’ll complete the 3-year post-graduate program in Bowen Family Systems Theory at the Georgetown Center established by Murray Bowen. She’s more than halfway through an M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health via the Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University. In addition to serving God and her studies, Laura finds joy in spending time with family, long-term friends, Mark Fischetti (her significant other),and her two charming, albeit black cats. Laura also enjoys hiking and the arts.
10123 Connecticut Ave. Kensington MD 20895 301-949-2900
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.
10123 Connecticut Avenue Kensington MD 20895 301-949-2900
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.
Karen Murphy - Director, LCYC

Karen Murphy

Director, LCYC

Karen has served as the Director of the Learning Center for Young Children for more than twenty years. She partners with LCYC staff in guiding children and their parents to prepare for school and the future. Knowledgeable, friendly, and caring, Karen often meets former students and parents in the community and enjoys learning how they have developed. She is married and the mother of two adult children and a cat lover.
10123 Connecticut Ave Kensington MD 20895 301-949-2933