Ellen is a lifelong Episcopalian. As a decades long member of Christ Church Cathedral, she has variously served as stewardship chair, vestry member, head of the master plan committee, senior warden, and member of the most recent strategic planning committee. Current roles at the cathedral include sacristan, verger, and convener of an implementation committee working group. She formerly served two terms on the Board of Trustees of University School of Nashville and remains on a standing committee there. A retired pathologist, she and her husband, George, have two grown children and share their home with an elderly standard poodle.