Metropolitan Gerasimos, Board President
His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos was born in Kalamata, Greece. Upon successful completion of his elementary and secondary school education in Greece, he immigrated to the United States and continued his education, earning the following degrees:
1973 – B.A., Hellenic College, Brookline, Massachusetts
1976 – M.Div., Holy Cross School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts
1986 – Masters in Counseling and School Psychology, Boston College
1993 – Doctorate in Counseling and School Psychology, Boston College
In 1977 he joined the administration of Hellenic College/Holy Cross, serving as Registrar until 1979. He was ordained to the Diaconate in 1979 and served as Archdeacon to His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos until 1996. Concurrently, he was appointed Dean of Students at Hellenic College/Holy Cross from 1980 until 1999. In December 2001, he was elected Bishop of Krateia by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. In 2005 he moved from Boston to San Francisco to serve the Church as the Metropolitan of San Francisco.
Thomaida Hudanish, Director
Thomaida assumed the role of Director of Missions & Evangelism in June 2017.
Thomaida was born in Portland, Oregon into an Orthodox Christian family. During college, she had the opportunity to visit holy sites in Greece, Romania and Russia. After receiving a B.A. in Russian Language & Literature at Portland State University, Thomaida worked as a Parish Administrator at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Beaverton, Oregon for eight years. From 2013 to 2014, Thomaida undertook an independent mission pilgrimage, working first at the Theotokos Girls’ Orphanage near Kolkata, India, and then at the Orthodox School of Bethany near Jerusalem, in addition to visiting religious sites in Europe.
In 2015 Thomaida earned a certificate in Professional Fundraising from Portland State University and the local association for development professionals, Willamette Valley Development Officers, WVDO.
In thanksgiving for the blessings that she has experienced in the Church, Thomaida strives to make the beauty and truth of Orthodox Christianity accessible to all people, beginning in her homeland of the western United States.
Ministry Team Leadership
Fr. Constantine Pappademos, St. Katherine, Elk Grove, California
Fr. Aris Metrakos, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, San Francisco, California
Fr. Andrew Barakos, Assumption, Scottsdale, Arizona
Fr. Photios Dumont*, St. Demetrios, Seattle, Washington
Fr. Gerasimos Markopoulos, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Eugene, Oregon
Cliff Argue*, St. Demetrios, Seattle, Washington
Connie Contes, Holy Trinity, Phoenix, Arizona
Lisa Buck, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Mission, Roseburg, Oregon
* Denotes a Founding Member serving since 1991.
Fr. Theoodore Dorrance, Director Emeritus
Fr. Theodore is from Denver, Colorado. He converted to the Orthodox Christian faith during college and married Aspasia (Stacey) Maniatis in 1985. He and Presvytera Stacey have four children and five grandchildren.
Fr. Theodore received a B.S. from Colorado University in Boulder with a double emphasis in Organizational Management and Human Resources. He worked in the corporate world for a couple of years before attending Holy Cross School of Theology, graduating in 1990 with a Masters of Divinity.
In September 1991, he was ordained to the priesthood at Ascension Cathedral in Oakland, California. He and his family served in Oakland for two years and then at St. Katherine in Redondo Beach, California for four years. In 1997, with the blessing of Metropolitan Anthony of blessed memory, the Dorrances relocated to the Portland area to start the parish of St. John the Baptist in Beaverton. After twenty years in Oregon, Fr. Theodore and his family returned to Denver in June 2017 to continue serving the Church and growing Orthodoxy in America under the omophorion of Metropolitan Isaiah. Fr. Theodore now serves as the Director of the Ministry for Parish Health and Church Growth of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver.