Welcome New Board Members!

Welcome New Board Members!

We want to tell you about some changes to our Board.

Dr. Gayle Woloschak has come to the end of her three-year term as our Senior Advisor. We have benefited immeasurably from her wisdom and the depth of her expertise in starting and running non-profits, especially in the Orthodox sphere. Gayle, you have been a true blessing and we are so glad you will be staying with us as advisor emerita!

Dr. Nadieszda Kizenko is our new Senior Advisor. Dr. Kizenko is professor of history and religious studies at the State University of New York in Albany, and a self-confessed "liturgics nerd". Her second book is a history of confession in Russia over 400 years, called Good for the Souls: A History of Confession in the Russian Empire. Her new project explores the intersection of women, devotional practice, and writing. She isn’t a stranger to our community. She has been a Woman of the Week, regularly responds to our posts on FB, was a vital participant in our panel discussion How to Be a Church Scholar, and on December 4th will be leading a Q&A on confession for an Ask an Expert session. Please help us welcome Dr. Kizenko! We are delighted to have her joining us on our advisory board.

Miho Ochiai Ealy is joining our operating board. She grew up in the Orthodox Church in Japan. As clergy wife in an OCA parish in Ohio, she serves as choir director, organizes events, troubleshoots the audio system, and raises their two young daughters. She worked as a healthcare chaplain until the lockdown. She holds a masters degree in pastoral studies, a master’s of arts in theology, and a bachelor’s in international cultural studies. She is a member of the OCA’s Clergy Wives Advisory Group and facilitator of the OCA’s Thriving in Ministry program. Please help us welcome Matushka Miho! She has been a Woman of the Week and is already helping us refine our ideas around future networking events. We are delighted to have her joining us on our operating board.

Tenbit Mitiku is joining our operating board. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she is a higher education professional. She formerly worked in community development with a focus on environmental justice. Her educational background is in sociology and international relations. She lives in Cambridge, MA, and is an active member of St. Mary Orthodox Church in that city. Ms. Mitiku has been a recent Woman of the Week and we are already beginning to talk with her about a variety of exciting projects. Stay tuned and please help us welcome Ms. Mitiku We are delighted to have her joining our operating board.