Chris Retelas – Program Coordinator
Chris is originally from, well, all over the West (best) Coast. Raised in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area (go 49ers, Giants, and Cal Bears!) until he was seven, he then grew up in Portland, OR (go Trailblazers!) for the next 11 years before he and his family then moved to Sacramento. Chris graduated from CSU Sacramento with a degree in Business Administration before moving to New York (go Rangers!) for two years in order to get engaged to his wonderful wife, Kalli. Now he and Kalli live in Boston, as he is currently in his third year of studies at Holy Cross pursuing a Master of Divinity degree, on track to graduate in 2016.
Camp and youth ministry have always been a focal point in Chris’s life. Some of his greatest friendships (and his marriage!) have come from his experiences at camps and working with youth. He has considerable experience as a camper, counselor, staff member, and director at St. Nicholas Ranch, Camp Angelos, All Saints Camp, and Ionian Village, and is looking forward to sharing his passion and experience with the youth and young adults throughout the country with this year's awesome Ambassadors group!
Mike A. is a senior at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He grew up in Somers, CT and is a proud alumnus of the University of Connecticut, where he received a BA in History. During his undergraduate career, he was an active member of UConn OCF, as well as the OCF Student Advisory Board. Mike A. has also been an esteemed staff member of the Metropolis of Boston Camp for the past two summers. After completing his degree at Holy Cross, he hopes to pursue further studies in the canonical tradition of the Orthodox Church and ecumenism. In his spare time, he enjoys cats, playing ultimate frisbee, and watching films.
Living in a plethora of states and growing up with a plethora of siblings, Demetri Constantine will be graduating from Hellenic College in May 2015. He is currently majoring in Religious Studies and is looking to further his studies at Holy Cross to pursue a Master of Divinity degree. Over the last few years, Demetri has enjoyed working with the youth in various capacities, spending three years as a counselor at Camp Nazareth in PA, volunteering at All Saints Camp in WA, and helping to lead various retreats and youth activities. In his free time, Demetri loves playing just about every sport; he also likes watching movies, playing board games, singing, chanting, painting, cheering on the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, and, simply spending quality time with good company. This is his first year as a member of the Ambassadors program, and he is very excited about everything this year has to offer!
Nikoletta Evangelatos grew up in Rhode Island and is in her final year at Hellenic College, studying Human Development and Elementary Education. She is hoping to continue her education next year in the field of Occupational Therapy.
Nikoletta has spent every summer since she was twelve years old at the Metropolis of Boston Camp. She now works for MBC as a program coordinator, and absolutely loves it! Along with several years as camp staff, Nikoletta has been involved with a variety of youth ministry programs within the Metropolis and has participated in several service trips both domestically and internationally. This is Nikoletta’s second year serving with the Ambassadors program, and she is looking forward to sharing this experience with other Orthodox young people across the country!
Cassandra Garibaldi grew up in the Lowell, MA area. She is currently a second-year student in the Master of Divinity program at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. In the spring of 2013, she received her bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Hellenic College. She has been a part of the Ambassadors program for the past four years and is excited to begin a fifth year. Cassandra has a passion for youth ministry. Over her four years, she has been a part of retreats in the New England area and across the country. She spends her summers at the Metropolis of Boston Camp and is a part of the Pastoral Staff there. She is very thankful for her many opportunities to serve the youth of the church and is blessed to be a part of a program with so many faithful individuals.
Gregory hails from the great borough of Brooklyn, of the wonderful city of New York, and is a second-year student in the Master in Divinity program at Holy Cross. Gregory pursued his undergraduate degree at Brooklyn College with a double major in Religious Studies and Classical Literature. Youth work has been an important part of Gregory's life, and he has been on staff at Camp Saint Paul since 2009. His time in youth ministry is what inspired him to enroll in seminary to further his opportunities. He is very excited to be serving in the Ambassadors program this year!
Sarah Hunt is a sophomore Literature and History major at Hellenic College. This is her first year as an ambassador. As a GOYAn, she enjoyed many summers at St. Stephen’s Summer Camp in South Carolina and attended the Winter Youth Rally in Atlanta. She hopes that, as an Ambassador, she can add to the experience of youth who are attending those events now. Having moved all over as a military brat, Sarah enjoys the travel that comes with the Ambassadors’ job description. She loves getting involved with youth events and is excited for the opportunity to minister to Orthodox youth around the country!
Anthony Jonas comes from Palos Hills, IL—just southwest of the wonderful city of Chicago. He is a transfer student from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently a senior in the Human Development program at Hellenic College. With a passion for working with youth, he aspires to pursue a career in school psychology after completing many more years of schooling.
Anthony has served as a camp counselor at the Metropolis of Chicago Fanari Camp, the Metropolis of Detroit Summer Camp, the Metropolis of Denver Camp Emmanuel, and the Metropolis of Atlanta St. Stephen’s Camp. He has taught two years of Sunday School and Vacation Bible Camp at his home parish of Saints Constantine and Helen in Palos Hills (Let’s go Connies!). Anthony works as the Student Administrative Intern for Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) and has participated in OCF Real Break trips to Project Mexico and Guatemala as well as two OCF College Conferences. Anthony enjoys meeting new people through the many ministries of the Orthodox Church and hopes to determinedly give back to the Church as best he can.
Alexander Kamilaris is a senior in the Human Development program at Hellenic College. In May 2015, he plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development coupled with a minor in Religious Studies. Alex and his family have lived in Raleigh, NC for the past 15 years and are thankful to attend the vibrant community of Holy Trinity there.
It has always been a passion of Alexander’s to serve the Church and to help others find the joy that exists in themselves and in the world. After several years of discerning what course of study would best align with his desire to help others, Alex found the courage to apply to Hellenic College.
Alex enjoys spending his time talking with others, serving those in need, giving thoughtful gifts, experiencing the beauty of nature, counseling at summer camp, making jokes, laughing, writing poetry, cooking, being near water and eating Halloumi cheese, a delectable Cypriot cheese. One of his greatest joys is helping others find inspiration and understanding in their lives. Alex attributes his success and development to the love and support of his family and primarily to God the Father. He hopes that he can make a positive impact on others in life by being an example of our Resurrected Lord.
J. D. Klonaris
J. Demetrios Klonaris is currently a senior at Hellenic College and is seeking a bachelor’s degree in Management & Leadership. Born in raised in Knoxville, TN (GO VOLS), he has attended St. George Greek Orthodox Church. He is excited to be part of such an amazing organization as the HCHC Ambassadors! Demetri has been a staff member at Ionian Village and MBC. He enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and most importantly, connecting with youth.
Nick Lanzourakis hails from Morton Grove, a suburb of Chicago, IL. He is in the final year of his Master of Divinity program. Nick has been active in youth ministry for the past 11 years as a Sunday School teacher, camp counselor, and GOYA adviser. He loves his role as an Ambassador and is always looking for opportunities to inspire youth and bring awareness to Hellenic College Holy Cross. Nick is an avid fan of all Chicago sports teams and is waiting for the day when the Cubs win their first World Series.
Athanasios (Tommy) Margaritis
The fellow to the left simply goes by Tommy, instead of Athanasios Nectarios Margaritis, due to the fact that many Americans have a hard time pronouncing anything longer than his Greek unibrow! Growing up as a "priest’s kid," he lived the nomadic lifestyle that his father's position demanded, beginning in Alaska and continuing onward to Washington, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. Regardless of where he was throughout the various moves, the one constant in his life has been the Church, which he considers his only home. Before coming to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology to pursue a Master of Divinity degree, he graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in sociology and a minor in criminal justice administration. Serving the Church and its various ministries throughout his life, he has held many positions in youth work related to acolytes, Sunday School, HOPE, GOYA, OCF, YAL, and camp. However, it wasn't until his time spent as a camp counselor at Ionian Village that he decided to change career paths completely from the direction in which his undergraduate pursuits had taken him. This led to Tommy moving again to Colorado to become a full-time youth director. Serving there was the final push that brought him to HCHC, where he continues his youth work in Roslindale and now serves with great joy in Sonia Belcher's HCHC Ambassadors program.
Mary Robinson was born and raised in York, PA. She is a senior at Hellenic College studying Human Development and is hoping to further pursue education in the field of psychology. Mary is an avid Steelers fan and also thoroughly enjoys the arts. She has spent many years as a camper at Camp Nazareth and has been a counselor for summer camp and retreats over the past two years.
Anna Teodosiadis was born and raised in Seattle, WA and is a sophomore at Hellenic College. She is studying Human Development and Religious Studies because of her interest in the connection between psychology and spirituality. Anna has attended and counseled at All Saints Camp in her home state for as long as she can remember. She is in love with being at camp, and if she could, would be at camp for life! Her love for dancing, teaching, traveling, laughing, and Orthodoxy makes her very ecstatic for her first year as an Ambassador.