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Patricia Fann Bouteneff, DPhil

Consultant, Strategic communications, Aphaia Resources, Crestwood, New York

Companion, New Skete Monastery, Cambridge, New York

(Former) parish president, St. Gregory the Theologian at Union Theological Seminary, New York City

(Former) parish president, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Yonkers, New York

Vice President

Amber Schley Iragui

Amber Schley Iragui holds a BA in Theology and English Literature from the University of Portland. She has a career as an art director with ga transformative impact at  publishing houses, most notably St. Vladimir's Seminary Press and Ancient Faith Children's Books. She was also a co-founder of  The Wooden Button, a Waldorf-inspired preschool located in Manhattan, and is a parishioner St Nicholas Orthodox Church, Portland, Oregon. 

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Jennifer Nahas, MA

(Former) Executive director of Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Brookline, Massachusetts

Co-founder, Brigham Nahas Research Associates (BNRA), Cambridge, Massachusetts

Parishioner, St. Mary Orthodox Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Hiking Specialist/Workshop Leader, REI, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Tenbit Mitiku

Tenbit Mitiku was 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. 

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Miho Ochiai Ealy

Miho Ochiai Ealy 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. 

Advisory Board Members

Senior Advisor

Nadieszda Kizenko, PhD

Dr. Nadieszda 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. 

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Spiritual Advisor

Judith Scott, MTS

“Becoming Orthodox is the culmination of a spiritual journey after years of searching, sometimes consciously and sometimes unaware. Mid-career as a high school teacher and school leader, I returned to the Episcopal Church. I needed prayer and a community of believers to help me understand and bring hope to traumatized communities and, of course, to myself as I lived through the tribulations and joy that life brings especially to distressed urban neighborhoods. For the first time, I met and worshiped with female clergy, and recognized how the impossibility of such a vocation had been taught and ingrained in my personal and religious understanding for my life. I entered Seminary after I retired and hoped to become a minister. I took a course in Early Church History with Professor John McGuckin, who is an Orthodox priest, a scholar, and--as time went on--a mentor, friend and spiritual father. Here was the mystery, the vivid sacramental aspect of all creation, the deep regard for beauty in the world reflected in the liturgy, and the music and icons that I’d yearned for. The appreciation of the African roots of Christianity further helped me feel that I’d found a true home. Meeting the members of The Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black and reading the personal journey to Orthodoxy by African-American scholar Albert Raboteau brought energy and light to my feelings of connection between my African-American background and the Orthodox Church. And the women I met along the way, especially the women who now form Axia, allowed me to find hope and express consideration for the expanding role for women in this, my chosen and beloved church.

Mary Farag, PhD

Dr. Mary Farag is a historian of Christianity in late antiquity. She serves as Assistant Professor of Early Christian Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she teaches courses on practices of mercy in the early church, the making of churches in late antiquity, the first 1400 years of church history, and others. Her book, What Makes a Church Sacred? Legal and Ritual Perspectives from Late Antiquity, was published in 2021by the University of California Press. In general, her research focuses on Christian liturgical practices in late antiquity and their role in the wider Greco-Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic worlds. Her geographic specialty of Egypt often leads her abroad to study Coptic and Arabic manuscripts and participate in archaeological projects. Dr. Farag is active in educational work in Coptic Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox parishes. 

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Carla Ann Newbern Thomas, MD

Family Practice, Inpatient/Outpatient, Anniston Alabama
Trustee, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York

Board member, Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry
Member, Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black
Parishioner, St. Luke Orthodox Church, Anniston, Alabama


On Leave

Rachel Contos, MA

Doctoral student, Fordham University, New York, New York

Trinity Fellow, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Choice Neighborhood Assistant, Housing Authority of City of Milwaukee

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Emeritae Board Members

Gayle E. Woloschak, PhD, DMin

Professor, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Cell and Molecular Biology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

Editor-in-chief, International Journal of Radiation Biology

Member, US Delegation, United National Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation

Adjunct Professor, Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago

Sessional Professor, Bioethics at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York

Parishioner, Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Palos Park, Illinois


Demetra Velisarios Jaquet, DMin

Owner and operator, Ambelos Vineyards, Palisade, Colorado

Advisory board member and past president, Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion

Advisory board member, St. Phoebe Center for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate

Clinical training supervisor of Chaplains enrolled in Clinical Pastoral Education, Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation, Rocky Mountain Center for Spiritual Caregivers, Grand Junction, Colorado

Private practice, Spiritual Direction, Grand Junction, Colorado

Founder, Women’s Orthodox Ministries and Education Ministries (WOMEN)

Founder, Orthodox People Together (OPT)

Emerita senior training supervisor, Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation, Grayeagle, California

Emerita fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors

Retired adjunct faculty, Religious Studies, School for Professional Studies, Regis University, Denver, Colorado

Retired faculty, Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program, Benet Hill Monastery, Whitewater, Colorado

Volunteer facilitator, Contemplative Outreach of the Western Slope, Colorado

Steward, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Grand Junction, Colorado

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Teva Regule, MDiv, PhD

Board member, St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess

Treasurer, Orthodox Theological Society in America, Brookline, Massachusetts

Professor (adjunct), Theology Department, Boston College

(Former) Managing editor, St. Nina Quarterly

(Former) Treasurer, Women’s Orthodox Ministries and Education Ministries

(Former) National president, American Romanian Orthodox Youth

Parishioner, St. Mary Orthodox Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Companion, New Skete Monastery, Cambridge, New York

Founding Board Members

Lijin Hannah Thomas, MTh, MSW

Program Director

Director, Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Student Movement

Program Director/Social worker, New York, NY

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Asha Mathai, MA

Previously an IT professional with over 19 years of experience at the IEEE where she was an IT project manager. She also holds project management and business analyst certifications.  She was an active member of Toastmasters and served various leadership roles.  Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate in theology at Catholic University.  

Sarah Riccardi-Swartz, PhD

Sarah holds PhD in sociocultural anthropology at New York University, where she also completed an MPhil in anthropology and a graduate certificate in Culture and Media through Tisch School of the Arts, by directing a short documentary film on the politics of digitizing Russian Orthodox iconography. Based on twelve-months of ethnographic fieldwork in the Appalachian Mountains with a community of Russian Orthodox Christians, her dissertation examines the transnational, political implications of conversion alongside the social imaginaries of practitioners, paying close attention new far-right formations in rural economies, suggesting that this might help us better understand the shifting relationships between Russia and the United States. A longtime resident of the Midwest, Sarah received an M.A. and Bachelor of Arts (honors) in Religious Studies from Missouri State University, where she focused on the study of American religion(s). She is a 2018-2019 Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellow, and in the 2019-2020 academic year she will hold the Orthodox Christian Studies-National Endowment for the Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship, through the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University.

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Anne Wilkinson, MBA

 Anne graduated from Clarkson University with a Bachelor's in Social Sciences in Humanities, and earned Masters degrees from Sacred Heart University (Teaching) and Quinnipiac University (Business Administration). Anne currently works at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT as the Youth Volunteer Coordinator, giving high school students hands-on exposure to healthcare careers while the students also improve patients' experience.

Tatiana Lapchuk Hoff, MBA

Tatiana Hoff is a wife, mother, and homemaker. By training, she studied Communications in undergraduate at Boston College and Organizational Psychology and Strategic Communications in graduate school at Columbia University. Professionally, she is a former specialist in Organizational Development and Communications with tenure at Deloitte and PepsiCo. 

 Tatiana and her husband both grew up in the church (in the OCA). As a child, Tatiana attended services at the Chapel of St Irenaeus at Ss Cosmas in Damian in Staten Island, which served a small, elderly population. There she saw her mother lead the services as the choirmaster (and sometimes the only singer) and as the only person responsible for coffee fellowship each Sunday. Tatiana also took on roles typically allocated for young men in the church -- holding the candle for the gospel and the communion cloth -- because male acolytes were not always available. 

 She serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Vladimir's Seminary and is a member of the parish council at her church, Ss Peter and Paul in Jersey City, NJ.

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