Suzy Lopez, Junior Warden (2021)

A former acolyte and lifelong member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Suzy is a second-generation graduate of St. John’s Parish Day School, and her father served on the Vestry in the 1980s. She attended Camp Kanuga for Boys and Girls at the Kanuga Conference Center, the Episcopal Conference Center for Western North Carolina, for ten years. Upon her graduation from H.B. Plant High School, Middlebury College, and Suffolk University Law School, Suzy returned home to Tampa to be a law clerk at the Second District Court of Appeal. Following her clerkship, she began her career as an Assistant State Attorney, where she remains as a prosecutor specializing in violent crimes and large-scale drug trafficking organizations.

Since moving back to Tampa sixteen years ago after her graduation from law school, Suzy has been a Lay Eucharistic Minister, reading lessons and serving as a chalice bearer at all church services, as well as at the Canterbury Towers Health Center. She has previously served as a Canvasser for the Every Member Canvass, as well as a teller for the Church’s Annual Meeting. Her community involvement includes being a former Board member and Past President of the Board of Self Reliance, the Center for Independent Living, a member of the Karamu planning committee benefitting the Lowry Park Zoo, and a long-term member and committee chair of the Junior League of Tampa. Suzy is currently the chair of the Middlebury College Alumni Association in Central Florida, a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Goldburg-Cacciatore Inn of Court, and an active member of the State Attorney’s Office Community Engagement Task Force.

As a third-generation member of St. John’s, Suzy loves the traditions, liturgy, and community of the Church, as well as the School. Suzy will bring her courtroom skills as a negotiator and advocate to her role on the Vestry as St. John’s moves into the future. Her willingness and desire to serve her church and her community have strengthened her faith and have prepared her to enter into this ministry.