Staff

Christina Andresen, National Chapter Relations Manager

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Education:

Master of Divinity, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Bachelor of Arts in English & Philosophy, Minor in Dance, Texas A&M University

OCF Background:

While at Texas A&M, Christina served as president of her OCF chapter all four years and as a Regional Student Leader for two years. She attended three college conferences, serving once on the CC West planning committee. She participated in Real Break twice as a student, to Guatemala and to Constantinople—and in Guatemala she met her husband, Daniel, whom she married September 2010. She also co-hosted the OCF Podcast for two years. She has been a part of the OCF staff since August 2011, and working to strengthen OCF chapters and student leaders is something about which Christina is passionate.

What it means to be an Orthodox Leader:

“Listening for the will of God, living a life of integrity, looking for opportunities to take on others’ burdens, listening intently to everyone around you, knowing when you are in the wrong and asking forgiveness, sticking to your values while being merciful to everyone around you, and learning to offer up to God both the talents and the weaknesses of those you lead.”

Donna Levas, National Programs Manager

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Education:

Master of Professional Studies in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Manhattanville College

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Hellenic College

OCF Background:

Donna began working full-time for OCF in January 2012. Serving solely as the Operations Manager until February of 2013, Donna was able to learn the ins and outs about everything OCF. In February of 2013, Donna was charged with taking on the North American Program efforts for Orthodox Christian Fellowship. Donna is excited to work alongside our student leaders to craft programs that have depth and embody the four essential elements of OCF—fellowship, education, worship, and service.

What it means to be an Orthodox Leader:

“Being an Orthodox Leader means taking the opportunity to truly know those who you are leading. Understanding that everyone has struggles and successes, pains and joys—and remembering that each of us are made in the image and likeness of God. Seeing yourself in the other, offering and accepting forgiveness, and working everyday to improve your relationship with Christ and His Church is what makes a true Orthodox leader.“

John Meese, Southeast Regional Coordinator

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Education:

Bachelor of Science in Economics, Middle Tennessee State University

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature, Middle Tennessee State University

OCF Background:

While at Middle Tennessee State University, John served as president of his OCF chapter for all four years and as a Regional Student Leader for one year. He attended two college conferences, serving once on the College Conference South planning committee, and twice helped organize the biannual WorkDaze retreat in the Southeast, helping it grow to popularity as an established regional retreat. John is the newest addition to the OCF staff, having joined in June of 2013, and is excited to pioneer the new OCF structure that reaches college students directly, while building the overall infrastructure and reputation of OCF.

What it means to be an Orthodox Leader:

“An Orthodox Christian is responsible for constantly pursuing spiritual growth in a way that affects every aspect of their daily life. An Orthodox leader understands this, and approaches leadership as a process of growth, ever-seeking that next lesson to be learned. The Orthodox leader is also humble, loving, and passionate about a vision that gives glory to God before all else!”

Anthony Jonas, Student Intern

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Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, Hellenic College Class of 2015

OCF Background:

Before transferring to Hellenic College, Anthony attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where he and a small group of friends established an OCF chapter.  During that time, he participated in College Conference East and Real Break Project Mexico, both of which inspired him to apply for the Real Break Coordinator position on OCF’s Student Advisory Board.  Working as the Real Break Coordinator and participating in College Conference East for his second time in 2012 led him to the Student Intern position in the OCF North American Office.   Anthony has also taken part in Real Break Guatemala and College Conference East 2013 and always tries to give back to OCF and the Orthodox Church as best he can.

What it means to be an Orthodox Leader:

“An Orthodox Christian Student Leader directs others upward; pointing them to Christ through the ministries they serve.  They work diligently for the betterment of others, rejoice at the sight of summer campers even when camp is not in session, and selflessly and genuinely set an example for those around them.”