"The Holy and Inspired Scriptures are sufficient of themselves for the preaching of the Truth." 
St. Athanasius of Alexandria

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Metropolitan JOSEPH

Hierarchical Overseer

Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America

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Scott Speier, M.D.

Chairman

Dr. Speier attends St. Athanasius Church in Santa Barbara, CA.

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Dn. Tom Braun

Board Member

Dn. Tom is attached to St. Barnabas Church in Costa Mesa, CA.

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V. Rev. John David Finley

Vice Chairman, Dean

Fr. John is attached to St. Athanasius Church in Santa Barbara, CA and is the Chairman of the Antiochian Dept. of Missions & Evangelism.

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V. Rev. Gregory Rogers

Board Member

Fr. Gregory is the pastor of St. Catherine Church in Aiken, SC.

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Fr. Adam Roberts

Board Member, 

Assistant Dean

Fr. Adam pastors St. Paul in Katy, TX and is the Content Creator of the Antiochian Dept. of Missions & Evangelism.

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V. Rev. Jon Braun

Board Member

Fr. Jon is attached to St. Athanasius Church in Santa Barbara, CA.

 

FACULTY
in alphabetical order

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Fr. Demetrios Andrews

Fr. Demetrios was ordained at St. Columba in January 2019.  He is the executive director of the SICA Foundation.  He is in the Navy Reserve and completing a PhD in theology at the University of Denver.

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Brian Ashland

Brian is a member of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Madison, WI where he likes to help out with church school and drink coffee. He also went on a OCMC mission trip to Alaska in summer 2015 in a group led by Fr. John Chagnon. At St. Athanasius, Brian teaches Attic and Koine Greek and has degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Gordon-Conwell Theology Seminary.

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Kh. Kelleylynn Barberg, Administrator

With a "degree of experience '' of 20 plus years (and counting) in homeschooling our crew and 26 years of marriage to Fr Raphael Barberg, Kh. Kelleylynn is ready to give back  to the Orthodox-community!

Kh. Kelleylynn holds an Associates degree in Business Administration and has managed large corporations to small businesses; currently her personal business as a photographer.  You will also find her behind the scenes as the Public Relations Officer with the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America as well as the Administrator with SAA. For the 2022-2023 Fall term, you'll find Khouria not behind the scenes, but behind her lens, teaching a Photography class with St Athanasius Academy. 

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Fr. Raphael Barberg

Fr. Raphael completed his Bachelors in Cultural Studies from the State University of New York Empire State College in 2006. Two years later, after 20 years of devoted service in the Buffalo, NY police department, he decided to retire his gold lieutenant’s badge, and with a blessing from his Bishop, he moved his family to pursue an intensive three years of devoted study at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2011.  In 2010, Fr. Raphael was elevated to the holy priesthood at his hometown parish at St. George, Niagara Falls, NY.  With a warm and expectant welcome, in June 2018, Fr. Raphael returned to serve as pastor at Saint George.

Fr Raphael has devoted many years serving with IOCC utilizing his expertise in First Responding in the aftermath of 9/11, Virginia Tech & Northern Illinois shootings in PTSD counseling; and Hurricane Sandy and Harvey relief efforts.  

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Elissa Bjeletich Davis

Elissa Bjeletich Davis hosts three popular Ancient Faith Radio podcasts: Raising Saints, Everyday Orthodox, and together with Kristina Wenger, Tending the Garden of Our Hearts. She is the co-author of Tending the Garden of Our Hearts: Daily Lenten Meditations for Families (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019) and also of Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2016), and a contributor to The Grace of Being There: Single Mother Saints in Our Lives (Park End Press, 2022). She is the author of Welcoming the Christ Child: Family Readings for the Nativity Lent (Sebastian Press, 2017), and In God’s Hands: A Mother’s Journey through Her Infant’s Critical Illness (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2013).

Elissa is active in Orthodox youth and family ministries, directing and teaching Sunday school at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church and volunteering at summer and family camps, and has contributed to several national curriculum projects. She serves as President of the Advisory Board of Youth Equipped to Serve (YES), a ministry of FOCUS North America.

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Fr. William Bennett

Fr. William Bennett serves as Rector of St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church in Manhattan and Dean of the New York Deanery for the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese. He holds a Bachelor of Social Studies Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Theology from Christ the Saviour Seminary in Johnstown, PA. He and his Pani Ileana have three children and live in the city. He enjoys winemaking, baking, and playing with his children.

Adrienne Bowling

My name is Adrienne Bowling and I live in Alabama with my wonderful husband and six beautiful children. I have a Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Christian Counseling. I have been homeschooling for over 10 years and have been an Online ESL teacher for 3.5 years. Our family became Orthodox in 2016 and are attending St. Symeon’s Orthodox Parish in Birmingham, Alabama. We were blessed to be able to travel to Russia and Serbia to experience Orthodox life there. I look forward to seeing my students in class this year. May the Lord Bless you! 

Paige Follis, Elementary School Vice Principal 

Paige holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Athens State University. She lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee with her husband of 25 years and 2 children. She is an active member of St. Ignatius in Franklin, Tennessee. She has 15 years of experience working in early childhood and public education. She has been homeschooling her children for 7 years. In her spare time, she likes to read, exercise and garden.

Fr. Paul Girgis

Fr. Paul is the pastor of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Naples, FL. Born in Lebanon, he immigrated to the United States at a young age. Having been raised in the Pacific North West, where the Orthodox Christian faith continues to be embraced and grow with great zeal, an increasing realization that life without The Church would simply be dull and gray was cultivated.

God led Fr. Paul and his family to Yonkers, NY where he earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div) at St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary.

Father Deacon John R. Gresham, Jr.

Fr. Deacon John is a native of King William County, Virginia where he grew up in the African-American Baptist denomination. He is a graduate of Virginia State University and studied Religion at Virginia Union University. After serving as a Baptist Pastor for over 15 years, he converted to Orthodox Christianity and earned the St. Stephen's Certificate in Applied Orthodox Theology at the Antiochian House of Studies in 2018. That same year, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate at the Saint Basil the Great Orthodox Church in Hampton, Virginia by His Grace Bishop Thomas. Fr. Deacon & Shamassy Brenda have been married for over 30 years and reside in West Point. He is the author of "Become All Flame: Lent with African Saints" published by Park End Books.

Gabi Hamblin

Gabi Hamblin attends Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Lynchburg, VA. She has been teaching math and science since 2016. In her spare time, she likes to crochet, garden, bicycle, and play Minecraft with her husband Andrew.

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Fr Michael Heningham

Fr Michael currently lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, Khouria Miriam (Carrie), and is the father of five children, plus a French Bulldog named Brigid.  He serves the Antiochian Orthodox Church as the pastor of St Stephen Orthodox Church, Ludlow, MA, and also a Pastoral Counselor providing services to the community at large.  He is a graduate of Richard Stockton University earning a B.A. in Medieval History under the tutelage of Fr. Demetrios Constantelos, of blessed memory.  He completed his Master's program at Liberty Theological Seminary including a dual major in both Divinity and Pastoral Counseling.  A graduate from the St Stephen's Program of the Antiochian House of Studies, also earning a Master's Degree in Applied Orthodox Theology from Balamond University authoring a thesis featuring the Eastern Orthodox influences on monasticism and Church identity in the West.  Most recently attended St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, focusing on the study of Liturgical Theology with a concentration on the Orthodox Western Rite.  Classroom experiences include teaching in Massachusetts at the Jr. High and High School levels, the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and an upcoming third-year at St Athanasius Orthodox Academy teaching Theology and American History.  

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Dn. Vasily Hinkle

Dn. Basil served 10 years in the Washington House of Representatives 6 years of which as the Minority Whip, resigning at the end of 2012. Before entering the House he served as a County Commissioner for 6 years. He currently is an administrative appeals judge for the Growth Management Hearings Board in Washington State. 

Deacon Basil serves at Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg, WA and  has a Masters in Applied Theology.

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Sh Shell Keim, Keim Time Learning 

Sh. Shell Keim is the wife of Protodeacon David Keim of All Saints Orthodox Church in Raleigh, NC. She is the mother of 6 children all of which she homeschooled through 6th grade. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gardner-Webb University and is a graduate of the CIRCE Institute’s three-year, intensive, classical teaching apprenticeship. 

Sh. Shell was director of Education at All Saints Orthodox Church for 15 years and produced their Sunday School Curriculum. She was approached by the Coptic Church in Chapel Hill, NC to assist in creating a school. When she began, there were 4 students and after five years of teaching Kindergarten and being acting Principal, there were 72 students K-7th grade.

Sh. Shell loves teaching children and spent 10 years teaching the middle school Sunday School class at All Saints. Her true home is often in the preschool Sunday School room where she enjoys hands-on learning of all things in the Orthodox Church. There is no child that we can’t learn something from! 

Sh. Shell’s vision of an Orthodox elementary curriculum (Keim Time Learning) that introduces reading, writing, and speaking to Orthodox Homeschool parents and children has been her total focus in her “retirement”. 

Sh. Shell spends a lot of time mentoring young homeschool families and encouraging them to embrace the wonder of learning with their children. When not helping everyone homeschool, she enjoys working in her yard, hanging out with her adult children over good food and amazing conversation. Her son in law calls her the “Julia Child of elementary school teachers”, that does not offend her. Mistakes happen, you succeed, you fail, you laugh, you cry. Children don’t mind seeing you learn, they enjoy the opportunity to join the journey, let them.

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Isabella Lash

Isabella’s love for performing first began after stepping onstage at the age of 8 and she is passionate about creating the same opportunity for students of all ages. She is a graduate of The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and is a DC-based actress. A trained soprano, she has played roles in over 40 productions in Virginia, DC, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New York City. Isabella has worked as an instructor with Drama Kids International and Middleburg Academy, and directs summer theater camps for teens. Isabella is regularly involved with community theaters in the NOVA area as a director and acting coach, and maintains her own private acting studio, teaching in-person and online.

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Presba. Suzanne Lichtenstein

Presbytera Suzanne  holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, where she studied Music and Foreign Affairs. Post-college, she spent eleven years in the Suzuki Piano Basics training program for North American teachers, under the tutelage of master teachers from Dr. Suzuki’s Talent Education Institute of Matsumoto, Japan. She has studied performance technique and interpretation, and voice technique and pedagogy. Additionally, she studied Byzantine Chant under Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis and Gabriel Cremeens, and spent many years singing Russian Orthodox and Antiochian Orthodox church music in choirs in those jurisdictions. In addition to teaching for SAAOT, Presba. Suzanne teaches private students in piano, singing, and songwriting in the Suzanne Lichtenstein Music School, which operates both in-person and online. Presba. Suzanne and her husband, Fr. Mark Lichtenstein, homeschooled their four children for twenty-five years. They live in central Texas, where they serve at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Presba. Suzanne is experienced in online teaching, and focuses on group engagement and hands-on activities in her classes.

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Fr. Alex Mackoul

Fr Alex Mackoul lives in Myrtle Beach, SC and serves at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church. He has spent many summers on staff at the Antiochian Village and now serves as the Camp Director of Camp St Thekla in Cleveland, Sc.

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Rachel Miltner

Rachel Miltner has a BA in Spanish, lived in Spain for a year, and has been teaching and tutoring Spanish for many years. While learning Spanish, Rachel took classes at the Universidad de Cadiz. She is excited to teach Spanish here at SAA!

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Michael Kenneth Pagani, Acupuncture Physician

Michael completed his Bachelors at The Citadel in Charleston South Carolina in 1978 and his Master in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2004. He has recently received his second Master in Applied Theology through the A.H.O.S. in 2020. He now lives in Birmingham Michiganwith his wife and two children. He is an active member of St. Mary’s

Basilica in Livonia MI and serves as a chanter and alter server. His passion for the healing arts and science has lead him to teach the nextgeneration about the grace of God that infuses all life.

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Dn. Adam Roberts

Dn. Adam is the Assistant Dean of St. Athanasius  Academy & College. He is also the full-time Content Creator for the Antiochian Dept. of Missions and Evangelism. In 2017, Dn. Adam graduated from the Antiochian House of Studies with the St. Stephen's Certificate. In 2020, Dn. Adam received his Masters of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Dn. Adam has also been the host of several live shows and podcasts, the author of several books, the director of several documentaries, and the founding director of Camp St. Thekla. He currently resides just outside Houston, TX with his wife and children and is attached to St. Paul's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Katy, TX.

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Dr. Suzie Schumaker, High School Vice Principal 

Hello, I’m Dr. Suzie Schumaker. I earned my PhD in curriculum and instruction in 2018 from Northcentral University. I am located in the Phoenix, Arizona area. I have 2 young daughters who are very active and we love to cook together. I will be teaching: Math 7-6, Trigonometry, Pre-Alegbra and Anatomy and Physiology. Most recently,  I am one of three Vice Principals within St Athanasius Academy, and will be focusing in High School curriculum and teacher assignments
 

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Dallas Shipp

Dallas Shipp is a teacher of natural philosophy and history, and lives in the Deep South. He collects Penguin Classics, explores battlefields, and bakes cakes. He is an ordained reader and has two girls with five names apiece. 

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Fr Matthew Snowden, Principal 

Fr. Matthew Snowden is the Principal of St. Athanasius Academy. He has a degree in Art from Murray State University, and a Master of Divinity from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 2011, served as assistant pastor at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Wichita, KS., and has been the pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Jackson, TN., a mission parish of the AOCA, since 2015. Fr. Matthew was homeschooled from third grade through high school. He and his wife, Khouria Hannah, currently homeschool their four children, and Khouria is the Executive Director of Madison County CASA and has spent all her professional career in the non-profit world. Fr. Matthew has spent many summers as camp priest at both Camp St. Raphael and Camp St. Thekla. He was ordained to the holy deaconate during camp session at Antiochian Village. Before his conversion to the Orthodox Church, he served as youth director at a Lutheran church.

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Kh. Corey Telschow

I am an Air Force Intelligence officer (10 years) turned mom and teacher. Graduate of Texas A&M University (BA), George Washington University (MA), Leicester University (MA) and soon will graduate from the Antiochian House of Studies with MA in Applied Orthodox Theology. I am married to Fr. Mark Telschow and currently live in West Texas. I am the mother of three amazing grown-ups (all Aggies), and I am active in Civil Air Patrol and BSA. I teach FTC robotics and many other classes at Midland Classical Academy (since 2006), and I love to take student groups to Rome and Athens whenever possible. I love to read (especially Tolkien), be outdoors, build and program robots, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE SCHOOL and being a life-long learner. I cannot wait for the 21-22 school year! 

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Nicholas Thorp

Nicholas Thorp graduated from the Great Books program at St. John’s College Annapolis in 2020, reading everything from the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle to Leibniz’s works inventing calculus and Einstein’s writings on relativity. He taught for two years at a Classical Christian school run out of a Coptic church. During that time, he also studied classical painting and drawing technique under internationally recognized portrait artists Louis Carr and Alex Venezia. When he's not teaching or painting, he enjoys playing croquet, studying Ancient Greek, playing the banjo, and reading books on whatever subject he’s interested in that month. He and his wife live in his home state of North Carolina.

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Natalia Wooten, Middle School Vice Principal 

Natalia Wooten earned her B.A. with honors in Secondary English Education from Oral Roberts University in 2002 and married her husband, David, shortly thereafter. Upon graduation from college, she began teaching middle school in Fort Worth, Texas. She then began work on her Master’s Degree in Library Science at Texas Woman’s University, which she earned in 2007. Her husband, David, was ordained to the Orthodox priesthood in the OCA in 2012 and since that time, Natalia has found jobs teaching in the various cities where her husband has served, including at Miami Dade College, Paideia Classical Academy, and several online educational providers.  She has homeschooled their four wonderful children and currently resides in San Antonio, Texas where she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family (at least 3 seasons of the year) and eating lots of Tex-Mex food! She will be teaching middle school language arts this year. Most recently, Natalia is one of three Vice Principals within St Athanasius Academy, and will be focusing in Middle School curriculum and teacher assignments.