Student Leadership


Every year, OCF is led by a team of talented students who take on leadership positions in Orthodox campus ministry. The Student Leadership Board works with staff and clergy volunteers to implement the programs of OCF, advise and inspire their peers on campuses, and develop new resources and programs for Orthodox college students.

Click on a name below to get to know your 2015-2016 Board!

Yianni Gagianas
Student Leadership Board Chairman, slbchairman@ocf.net
Camille Bever
Northwest Student Leader, northweststudent@ocf.net
Markayla Stroubakis
Southwest Student Leader, southweststudent@ocf.net
Katerina Therianos
Mountain Student Leader, mountainstudent@ocf.net
Hibbah Kaileh
South Student Leader, southstudent@ocf.net
Nicole Petrow
Midwest Student Leader, midweststudent@ocf.net
Andrea Tsatalis
Great Lakes Student Leader, greatlakesstudent@ocf.net
Mary Anna Roden
Southeast Student Leader, southeaststudent@ocf.net
Karma Khoury
Mid-Atlantic Student Leader, midatlanticstudent@ocf.net
Alex Kuvshinoff
Northeast Student Leader, northeaststudent@ocf.net
Anna Valliant
College Conference East Student Leader, cceaststudent@ocf.net
Nora Haddad
College Conference West Student Leader, ccweststudent@ocf.net
Alexandra Abboud
Real Break Student Leader, realbreakstudent@ocf.net
Emma Solak
Publications Student Leader, publicationsstudent@ocf.net
Matthew Monos
Media Student Leader, mediastudent@ocf.net
Katherine Konstans
Media Student Leader, mediastudent@ocf.net


Yianni Gagianas, Student Leadership Board Chairman

YianniYear in School: Senior
School: University of Delaware
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Minor: Bioelectrical Engineering

My OCF Story
 I came to the University of Delaware in 2012 leaving behind in Pittsburgh a family and extended family that raised me to love God and the Orthodox faith. This was hard to leave, and I soon realized that once I moved in at college, I would need a new “Orthodox family” to take care of me. It took me no time to find the OCF on campus as I was already offered a ride to church on the first Sunday of the school year. As the year went on, I realized I had found the new family I was looking for. I looked forward to (and still do) our once-a-week meetings as they were a time for spiritual growth, worship, fellowship, service, and Orthodox education. I felt at home with this group because we all had a special bond in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My junior year, I joined the Student Leadership Board (SLB) as the Regional Student Leader for the Mid-Atlantic region. Here my love of OCF only grew as I was surrounded and inspired by young servant leaders in the Church who all wanted to serve their fellow college students. During my first year on the SLB, I can truly say that I have made the best friends of my life through retreats, chapter visits, College Conference, and many other OCF experiences. I was inspired by OCF last year, and I am excited to see what God has in store for this ministry this year!

An OCF Anecdote
Last September, we were blessed enough to have an OCF Regional retreat in Taylor, PA. To my amazement, around 100 college students showed up for a weekend full of fellowship, worship, and miracles. We were granted the great blessing of venerating the Icon of the Kardiotissa at St. George Orthodox Church. This is an icon of the Mother of God which has been miraculously streaming myrrh for about three years. Kardiotissa means “Tender Heart” in Greek, and we understood this after the weekend, as our hearts were set on fire with love. The parish priest and protector of the holy icon spent the evening with us describing various miracles attributed to this icon. The evening was filled with tears, trembling, rejoicing, and veneration of this holy window through which God’s grace poured out. Throughout the evening, we engaged in fellowship with a campfire and even a late night soccer game. The next day we traveled to the monastery of the Holy Protection in White Haven, PA. This was a special trip as it is the monastery where the Kardiotissa icon was written. A highlight of this part of the trip was everyone standing in the Chapel of St. Nektarios chanting the sacred hymn “Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride” in English, Greek, and Arabic! A beautiful display of Pan-Orthodoxy that brought me to tears. I often think of this weekend as one of the most amazing 24 hours of my life and I look forward to many more retreats this coming year.

Interests
My biggest hobby is fishing. I have worked at a bait and tackle shop for seven years in the summers. I can’t get enough of it, and I try to fish the waters of any new place I go. I also like to play soccer and listen to country music on long car rides with all the windows down. At school, I was involved in undergraduate research during my junior year where we looked at non-invasive ways to treat triple-negative breast cancer. 

A Message to My Fellow Students
College may be one of the best times to share our Orthodox faith with others. Talking to peers about our faith is a great start, however, the best way to lead is by example. As St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the gospel at all times, when necessary use words.” Live your faith on a daily basis with firm conviction, and people will gravitate towards you and want to know about your faith. By our actions alone, our peers should see “It is not I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20). It is not our job to force people to become believers in Christ or to convert them to Orthodoxy. Rather, we must be vessels of Christ’s shining light on our campuses, so that we even without speaking, we will invite people to, “Come and see” (Jn 1:39).  Invite someone to church this semester, but do not allow Sunday to be the only day you show that person Christ’s love. Lastly, nobody said being a Christian would be easy. This is why we have each other to lean on. Seek friendships with Christ as the foundation, and you will always have the support you need.

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
I want to spend a month in Wyoming this January for winter break.

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. Nektarios of Aegina

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Camille BeverNorthwest Student Leader

CamilleYear in School: Sophomore
School: Seattle Pacific University
Major: Nursing

My OCF Story
I love OCF because it provides a warm and welcoming community to learn more and dive deeper into the Orthodox faith, as well as a haven to pursue Christ together.

An OCF Anecdote
Being able to learn and grow with my fellow students has always been some of my fondest memories.

Interests
gardening, baking, hiking

A Message to My Fellow Students
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” ~Romans 12:2

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
I have a pet frog

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. John Maximovich

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Markayla Stroubakis, Southwest Student Leader

MarkaylaYear in School: Sophomore
School: University of California – Berkeley
Major: Nutritional Science
Minor: Music

My OCF Story
OCF has not only been a place where I have grown as an Orthodox Christian, it’s been a place where I have built character, befriended amazing people, and have been inspired through experiencing Orthodox faith with others. Being a part of OCF was an integral part of my high school to college transition, and I look forward to everything I have yet to learn at OCF on my journey!

An OCF Anecdote
Ever week’s discussion proved to be a very informative and reflective time for me. One night we had a really amazing guest speaker who pumped everyone up on faith and forgiveness which was pretty awesome. We ended the night playing frisbee with corn tortillas (would highly recommend).

Interests
singing, music, exploring nature, baking, Greek dancing, watching cooking competitions

A Message to My Fellow Students
OCF is an amazing resource for us–not to just learn about the faith, but to get focused and motivated if we stray off our paths. Getting involved will change you for the better as a person. Stay optimistic and positive and don’t forget your Orthodox foundation!

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
I’ve been training in Byzantine chant for 3 years (and going strong)!

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. Markella

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Katerina Therianos, Mountain Student Leader

KaterinaYear in School: Graduate Student
School: University of Denver
Major: Music Composition

My OCF Story
I joined my school’s OCF chapter when I first started college and became president of the chapter after the previous one left. As the years went on, I began to attend the regional and national events and loved the connections I was making with Orthodox people around the country. I’m incredibly excited to work on the Student Leadership Board and to continue to meet more members of OCF.

An OCF Anecdote
The moment that stands out to me most in my involvement in OCF was when I was at College Conference East in 2012. I was walking through the hall and heard a dance party happening in one room, friends chatting throughout the hallways, and a group chanting/singing in the chapel. Where else do you find such camaraderie? No matter what your favorite activity or passion, you can find someone who shares that love!

Interests
anything pertaining to music, reading, traveling, discovering new things, geeking out over pop culture, and the list goes on…

A Message to My Fellow Students
Be strong and courageous! Sometimes it feels like it’s us against the world. That’s alright–just stand your ground, and you (and probably the people around you) will be the better for it. The same goes if you’re with your Orthodox friends. None of us are perfect, and sometimes we need someone to help keep us on track. Have the courage to be a witness of the faith and a fool for Christ.

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
I play in a steel pan band and write/arrange music for steel pans.

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. Katherine, followed by St. Mary of Egypt

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Hibbah Kaileh, South Student Leader

HibbahYear in School: Senior
School: University of North Texas
Major:  International Studies, Security & Diplomacy Concentration
Minor: Arabic Language

My OCF Story
I have gone through college without meeting Orthodox students at my school, but because of how national of an organization OCF is and because of my previous involvement in church activities, I was still able to get involved in OCF and meet other Orthodox students throughout the country. OCF has been a blessing and a constant and always gives me something to look forward to and get involved in.

An OCF Anecdote
One of my favorite OCF memories has been my Real Break trip to Romania this past spring break. We spent half the week at an Orthodox orphanage and the other half touring churches and monasteries throughout the country. The faith that I saw in those kids was unmatched and it was a beautifully serene and edifying experience!

Interests
I LOVE reading, rock climbing, traveling, and playing different games. Bananagrams and Jungle Speed. Find those games. Know them, live them, love them.

A Message to My Fellow Students
Don’t make up excuses. Join or create an OCF! Get involved! Stay strong in your faith, it is the most solid rock that I have been able to fall back throughout my college career.

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
I was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2006.

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. Thekla

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Nicole Petrow, Midwest Student Leader

NicoleYear in School: Sophomore
School: Creighton University
Major: Classical Civilizations and Latin
Minor: Art History

My OCF Story
I have found throughout my life that my truest and most meaningful friendships are with other Orthodox Christians. I value OCF as a way of meeting and getting to know other Orthodox Christians like myself. OCF has played an important role in strengthening my spiritual life while I am away at school, and setting me up with an incredible support system of trusted friends and mentors.

An OCF Anecdote
I had an incredible time this year at a spring retreat lead by the Omaha OCF chapter. The retreat was held the weekend before Holy Week, and it allowed me to collect myself and mentally prepare for the spiritual journey ahead. As a group, we prayed the psalms and discussed various Orthodox topics. It was at this retreat that I began to fully appreciate the value of having a strong group of Orthodox friends, and recognize how blessed I am to have OCF in my life.

Interests
I love to travel, read, participate in my sorority and foster an unhealthy netflix addiction in my spare time.

A Message to My Fellow Students
I am very excited to have this opportunity to serve on the Student Leadership Board. I can’t wait to work with the rest of the board, and to participate more fully in the organization that has given me some of my best friends. It’s gonna be a great year!

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
My experience at an all-girls high school gave me a love of dance parties and the ability to sing every word to most Spice Girls songs.

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. Gerasimos

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Andrea Tsatalis, Great Lakes Student Leader

AndreaYear in School: Junior
School: University of Toledo
Major: Biology
Minors: Business Analysis, Chemistry, & Entrepreneurship, Family, & Small Business

My OCF Story
OCF has proved a catalyst for my success in college, enabling me to continue on my path toward spiritual and professional maturation while surrounded by my supportive and religious OCF family.

When analyzing OCF’s meaning to me, it appears more important to present its role in the modern church first. In Met. Kallistos Ware’s The Orthodox Church, we see him identify the second-leading problem facing Orthodoxy in America as “its fragmentation into separate jurisdictions…when shall we be visibly one? How can we testify more effectively to the universality of Orthodoxy?” As a truly pan-Orthodox fellowship, OCF is the bold response to Ware’s concerns and paves a road of unity our Orthodox generation must aim to achieve.

An OCF Anecdote
It’d be remiss of me not to include University of Toledo OCF’s annual “Meat & Greet” before entering the Lenten fasting period. In what some skeptics may describe as “disturbing,” “horrifying,” “made me want to become a vegetarian,” our OCF conducts a magnificent homage to swine and bovine alike.

Interests
I love painting (watercolor & oil), obscure coffee blends, and spending time with family and friends. At school, I enjoy basic science and clinical research, volunteering at a nearby dental clinic, and serving as a College Ambassador.

A Message to My Fellow Students
Early freshman year my best friend read me a quote: “wherever you go, there you are,” leading me to realize that college is a period where we must strive to cultivate scholastic and inner growth through personal drive and self actualization. Neither one of these goals is possible without a primary reach for communion with Our Father, who wherever we go, whenever we go, is always there as well.

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
according to a Buzzfeed quiz, I am the “Dropping A Cell Phone In The Pool” part of TSwift’s “Blank Space” video.

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. Fanourios

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Mary Anna Roden, Southeast Student Leader

Mary AnnaYear in School: Senior
School: University of Georgia
Major: Exercise and Sport Science
Minor: Dance

My OCF Story
When I first came to UGA I didn’t know anybody, and I even felt slightly out of place in church because it was of a different jurisdiction than what I was used to. However, after getting involved with OCF and establishing a relationship with our priest there, all of that changed. I gained a new appreciation for my Faith and the incredible community that is created through it. I was blessed to establish a strong home base and family which has held fast and true these past three years.

An OCF Anecdote
In our chapter at UGA we are very fortunate to have Father Anthony Salzman as our spiritual director. Every week he comes onto campus to write icons in the student plaza, and our members often sit with him as he performs this unique ministry. It is truly eye opening to witness the parallel created between this humble approach to evangelism and the more aggressive attempts made by other groups. Oftentimes, people need only see the face of Christ and they are captivated by His beauty.

Interests
dance and music

A Message to My Fellow Students
I am constantly strengthened and motivated by the relationships I form with fellow OCFers such as yourselves. Thank you for being such wonderful people!

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
I love me some food competitions:)

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. Mary of Egypt

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Karma Khoury, Mid-Atlantic Student Leader

KarmaYear in School: Junior
School: University of Maryland – College Park
Major: Neurobiology & Physiology
Minor: Classical Mythology

My OCF Story
Coming to college my freshman year was a huge adjustment for me: I did not get along with my roommates, I was too shy to make friends, and I felt depressed and alone. one day, I remembered that my school had an OCF, I had messaged them over the summer, and I got a message about their first meeting of the semester. I went and never looked back. OCF brought me back to my faith, to myself, to the light in the world. It has been my lifeboat, my refuge, my family, and my home. I wouldn’t trade OCF for the world.

An OCF Anecdote
My first year at College Conference, the myrrh-streaming icon of the Tender Heart, the Kardiotissa Theotokos, came to visit. Celebrating Paraklesis with my friends all around me in her presence, I knew I was blessed to be in her company, and when I venerated her icon, I felt my heart warm, feeling the warmth of her embrace, reminding me we are never alone, the Theotokos is always with us.

Interests
music, medicine, running, hiking, biking, swimming, and movies

A Message to My Fellow Students
College is hard, it can be amazing, stressful, and anything in between. There is a ton of opportunity in college as in life, you just have to be brave and go after what makes you happy. Happiness is one of the most easily acquired and yet most scary things in life, and being brave is hard, but no one is asking you to do it alone. You are never alone, God is always there, the Most Holy Theotokos and all of the saints are always there, and OCF will always be here for you. Never be afraid to follow your heart, God has a plan.

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
I am really good at remembering song lyrics

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. Alexandra of Rome

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Alex Kuvshinoff, Northeast Student Leader

Alex KuvshinoffYear in School: Senior
School: Fordham University
Major: Business Administration
Minor: History

My OCF Story
I love OCF because it is exciting to see other young people so energized by their faith. OCF to me is a bridge between childhood and adulthood for our faith to walk across. OCF has allowed me to stay grounded in my faith with the difficulties of college.

An OCF Anecdote
College Conference 2013 was where I really saw what OCF was capable of. Hundreds of Orthodox students like myself taking time out of their holiday break to gather, pray, and grow. It was a wonderful experience that I recommend to everyone.

Interests
club soccer, squash, marketing society, travel

A Message to My Fellow Students
“Seek first the Kingdom of God.” When we take care of our faith, the rest will fall into place. Salvation is everyone’s first priority so be sure to keep your faith close at all times, especially in school.

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
I can solve a Rubik’s Cube!

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. Nektarios

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Anna Valliant, College Conference East Student Leader

AnnaYear in School: Senior
School: University of Pittsburgh
Majors: Communication Science and Disorders

My OCF Story
OCF is the one group you will join at school that is focused on the right goals. There are so many other clubs out there that can cause you to confuse right and wrong, but with OCF, that is never the problem because it is always centered on Christ. I love OCF because it has helped me stay grounded in my faith while being surrounded by a hectic college lifestyle. I have made friendships in my OCF that I know will last me a lifetime. OCF has provided me with multiple opportunities for not only learning about the faith, but also for allowing me to experience God’s love firsthand. I have strengthened my faith more in college because I have had the ability to surround myself with people who keep me focused on Christ. And honestly, you never know who you may meet in OCF :)

An OCF Anecdote
One of my favorite activities that our OCF chapter does is “Day of Light.” It is one of the few times we interact with students, faculty and anyone walking by in Pittsburgh to provide them with a better understanding of what Orthodoxy really means. Every time someone wrote down the names of their loved ones on the ribbon crosses, a smile spread across their face. Because of this simple gesture, everyone who came to the table was so incredibly appreciative that we were taking the time to pray for those they love. It was this day that I realized how many people need prayers and how amazing it was to give people a chance to experience Christ’s love.

Interests
I would like to say I’m very crafty but I usually get all of my cool ideas from Pinterest. I also love to cook. Whether it is Ramen noodles or fish tacos, I have learned from my mistakes and learned to always read the directions.

A Message to My Fellow Students
If you are apprehensive about joining OCF or attending College Conference, Real Break, or any of the Regional Retreats, don’t be!! I was not very active in my OCF chapter freshman year, but thankfully it didn’t take me long to get involved my sophomore year. It was easy for me to become so involved because I met so many students who were trying to keep Christ a central part of their lives while at college and that was something I needed help with. College is a lot to handle by yourself, so why give up the opportunity to grow and learn from your orthodox peers. If you aren’t currently active with your OCF chapter, you can start tomorrow! And if you don’t have an OCF at your school, again, START TOMORROW!

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
I do a mean Monster’s Inc impersonation. You can just call me Roz.

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. Gerasimos

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Nora Haddad, College Conference West Student Leader

1526689_10205040864162622_7028450737847461375_nYear in School: Junior
School: Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City & West Sacramento City College
Major: Music Composition & Psychology

My OCF Story
I love OCF because it has been the safe haven for my soul in college. With the connection of OCF, I have been able to find peace, calmness, and stability in a world that is seeming to be in constant chaos and confusion from worldly blindness to spiritual well-being. It has not been until recently that I have understood the genuine weight of impact OCF has made in my life through the loving relationships with the friends I have made, as well as the life-changing experiences witnessed as an image of Christ and as being an image of Christ through the unconditional love given by my fellow OCF people!

An OCF Anecdote
College Conference West Coast has changed my life and empowered my spiritual well-being through the incredible experiences given, as well as the unbelievable amounts of love shown by the community of college folk, speakers, nuns, and priests. Having started college on an insecure position in life, (as many people face from high school to college), I was amazed at the overwhelming acceptance and love that everyone gave without question, without even having to know you on a personal level. In the college community, one must seem to always protect his or her heart from the many trials and temptation that are readily available, so to have the relief of not needing to guard my heart in this mind of way during college conference had, in itself, strengthened my relationship with Christ and enabled me to learn how to love even better.

Two years ago, during the fall/winter season, I had yet to have chosen a Patron Saint. I am cradle Orthodox of a Lebanese father and Caucasian mother, but they didn’t exactly know about giving me a patron saint at birth. I had expressed this to my Orthodox Christian boyfriend prior to College Conference 2013. Through prayer and self reflection, my boyfriend said, “How about the Theotokos? Your middle name is Marie. My mom has the same middle name, and her patron saint is the Theotokos.” I chose the Theotokos that December. During this same time period, I had been dreaming of visiting a monastery for many years, for this is something I had never done and yearned for deeply in my being. A week later, it was revealed that not only was there a monastery where College Conference was held, but it was a monastery dedicated to the Life-Giving Spring of the Theotokos! God was working in my life, and from that moment I knew College Conference would be an unforgettable experience – it already was before I step foot in California. Even beyond what was expected, God had provided with a soul saving experience through the tool of salvation we have been given by the community of OCF.

Interests
music composition; playing the viola, piano, and singing; chanting and singing in choir; writing poetry/literature; belly dancing; trying foods from all over the world; acting/possibly modeling; traveling; spending time with family and beloved friends; speaking with Gregory Roum

A Message to My Fellow Students
Love always; cling to the good virtues that are your soul’s salvation, and let go of earthly cares, because whether or not you may believe it or know it to be true at any given moment, God has been, is, and will take care of you. Let kindness soften your heart, forgiveness free your soul, and love bring you to the Kingdom of Heaven!

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
I can burp louder than most people you have ever heard in your life. (Side-note: it cannot ever be on command and does not occur nearly as often since I have been taking probiotics, but it is still true whenever it does happen.)

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain

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Alexandra Abboud, Real Break Student Leader

Year in School: Junior
School: Miami University
Major: Social Work

My OCF Story
OCF has absolutely given me the best friends I could ask for in college. I’ve found a home at school where I am continually reminded of the power of our faith. I am so thankful for the love, friends, and memories OCF has brought me.

An OCF Anecdote
My favorite OCF memory was the OCF Romania Real Break trip. On that trip I found my love for service and learned what it means to give yourself wholly to God. Real Break was the reason I changed my major to social work and the reason I’m the Real Break coordinator today!

Interests
I like to dance, sing uncontrollably, travel the world, craft, and watch Dragon Tales on Netflix.

A Message to My Fellow Students
You’ll have some of the greatest times in college, but you also have some of the worst. Times can be tough, but if you do everything with the love of Christ and have faith In Him, he will keep your mind at peace. Just remember you are who you need to be and where you need to be.

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
I climbed a 3200 ft active volcano in Nicaragua… And then sandboarded down it.

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
Alexandra the Empress

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Emma Solak, Publications Student Leader

EmmaYear in School: Junior
School: University of Pittsburgh
Major: English Writing (nonfiction)

My OCF Story
Growing up, my home parish didn’t have a strong youth group and I was never into summer camps. Coming to college and getting involved with OCF was the first time I was interacting with Orthodox kids my age. I realized there were other people who also cared about their faith and strived to live the life of the church. OCF has been instrumental in my claiming of my faith as my own.

An OCF Anecdote
This year, our OCF chapter met with students taking the Orthodoxy Christianity class at Pitt. They asked us questions and we told them about what it’s like to be Orthodox. It was interesting for us and them to compare what they learned in class to what we live out every day.

Interests
reading, napping, singing, eating, football, binge watching sitcoms on Netflix

A Message to My Fellow Students
Get involved! Go to your chapter meetings (and if you don’t have a chapter, start one!), go to regional retreats, college conference, and on real break. OCF is unique in that students from all over, from different schools, majors, and backgrounds, are united by Christ. That sort of connection can’t be replicated.

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
My birthday is January 18th and my two brothers’ birthdays are February 18th and March 18th.

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. Emilia

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Matthew Monos, Media Student Leader

Matthew MonosYear in School: Senior
School: University of Missouri
Major: Psychology
Minor: Political Science

My OCF Story
OCF has gone from being a “PK” obligation to my safe haven. It’s the place where I’m surrounded by people who known and understand me without even necessarily “knowing” me. The family of the Church is a beautiful thing. OCS has challenged me and led me to meet some of my dearest friends in the world. When I look at OCF and the people I meet within, I have no fear about the future of the Church.

An OCF Anecdote
The term “life-changing” is often cheaply thrown around. But with Real Break, it’s the truth. Real Break Jerusalem opened my eyes, challenged me, and moved me. If you can go on Real Break, do it!

Interests
reading, writing, photography, cooking exotic foreign dishes from places I’ve traveled, chanting

A Message to My Fellow Students
As His Grace Bishop Gregory reminds us often, we are not the “future” of the Church, we are the Church. The time is now. The call must be answered now. OCF will give you the tools to do that. We are all called to greatness–but as servants (Mk 10:43). Servants to our friends, our family, our campuses, our churches, the Church, and to Christ. Get involved with OCF now, as deeply as you can and let the light of Christ illuminate all that we do.

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
I’ve been to 17 countries

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
a three-way tie between St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon of Simferopol, St. Matthew, and St. Philoumenos

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Katherine Konstans, Public Relations Student Leader

KatherineYear in School: Senior
School: Oklahoma State University
Major: Health Education and Promotion

My OCF Story
I love OCF because it has allowed me to surround myself with people who believe the same things I do. To me, OCF means a home away from home. My OCF leaders have opened up their homes on numerous occasions just to have us over for dinner and a hang out. OCF has impacted my life because I have formed friendships that will last forever.

An OCF Anecdote
My local chapter this year did a barbecue at the end of the year where we all came over to one of the leader’s houses for fun and fellowship. We had a great potluck meal and played all kinds of fun backyard games, like kickball and volleyball.

Interests
working out, basketball, any kind of sports, Chi Omega stuff

A Message to My Fellow Students
OCF is the best thing ever, and everyone needs to get involved when they go off to college.

One interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t be able to guess is…
I’m right-handed, but I play basketball as if I were left-handed. (I like sports if you can’t tell….)

My favorite saint (other than the Theotokos) is…
St. Katherine

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