16 March 2012 • Alumni Event
"The Alumni Association of St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary is announcing the opening of elections to the Alumni Board," says our Director of Alumni Relations and Recruitment, Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak. "All SVOTS Alumni are encouraged to participate in the election of three new (at-large) board members."
"The Alumni Board," explains Pdn. Joseph, "is made up of nine members, and reserves seats for the Serbian Orthodox Church, Antiochian Orthodox Church, Oriental Churches, Orthodox Church in America, and Greek Orthodox Church, and for representation by women, with the remaining seats being 'at-large' members. This is an attempt to keep each group that makes up our alumni represented."
The list of candidates for office are:
Greg Abdalah (AOCANA)—SVOTS ’07 is the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at St. George Cathedral in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Nick Bellack (GOA)—SVOTS ’08 is a Third Grade Teacher at Jessup Elementary School in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Nick and his wife, Alexis, attend Ss. Constantine and Helen Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Archpriest Paul Hodge (AOCANA)—SVOTS ’93 is attached to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West St. Paul, Minnesota (since 2011). During his ministry as a priest, Fr. Paul has served as the Youth Adviser (Eastern Region), Lay Ministry Adviser (Fellowship of St. John the Divine, Diocese of Wichita), Secretary (Grammateus) of the Diocese of Wichita Council of Deans. Fr. Paul and his wife, Khouria Amy, have one son, Elias, and one daughter, Faith. Fr. Paul has served as St. Vladimir Seminary Alumni Board Vice Chair since 2010.
Popodeia Michelle Jannakos (OCA)—SVOTS ’83 is a music teacher at Grand Blan Community Schools in Fenton, Michigan. She holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and an Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership. An active member of St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church in Fenton, Michigan, Popideia Michelle is married to SVOTS alumnus Fr. Paul Jannakos ('83) and is the mother of four children and a proud grandmother of four grandchildren.
Dena Fokas Moses (GOA)—SVOTS '05 has worked for the Parliament of World Religions; The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation; and The Fund for Theological Education. She is married with one child, and currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Archpriest Andrew Morbey (OCA)—SVOTS '83 is Dean of St. Mary’s Cathedral in northeast Minneapolis. His degrees are in English (BA, MA, and PhD course work, from Carleton University and University of Ottawa) and Theology (MDiv, ThM, and PhD course work; St. Vladimirs Seminary and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia).