Dn. Marek Simon, Executive Director

Education:

Master of Divinity, St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary

Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Butler University

OCF Background:

Dn. Marek has over 20 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry. He previously served at Antiochian Village Camp from 2002-2019, mentoring and supervising summer camp staff, developing programming, and overseeing the advancement efforts of the camp. He transitioned to this role with OCF in 2019, recognizing a strong desire and opportunity to strengthen the Church’s ministry to college students. He believes that every college student should have the opportunity to be part of a faithful campus community where they are known and loved- keeping students more richly connected to Christ.

Christina Andresen, Director of Ministries

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. Christina attends Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas, Texas.

Donna Levas, Advancement Manager

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 for OCF in November 2011. Serving as the Operations Manager until February 2013, Donna learned the ins and outs of OCF. In the spring of 2013, Donna was charged with taking on the National Program efforts for Orthodox Christian Fellowship – facilitating the Real Break and College Conference programs. In late 2019, Donna’s focus was shifted to Advancement, where she now works to share the exciting ways OCF offers opportunities for college students to encounter Jesus Christ.

Peter Mansour

Peter Mansour, Ministry Coordinator

Education:

Master of Arts, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

Bachelor of Arts in History, Minor in Religious Studies, University of Maryland

OCF Background:

Peter joined the OCF team in July 2021 and is passionate about making Orthodoxy accessible to young people. As a college student, he was an active member of his OCF chapter at the University of Maryland. He previously served as the Director for Youth & Young Adults at the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York & New England as well as the Director of Student & Young Adult Ministries at Sts. Barnabas & Susanna Coptic Orthodox Church in Baltimore, MD. He is the co-founder of SupportMyService, a nonprofit that seeks to fund various ministry projects in the Church. Currently, he resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Sandra, where he volunteers as a Resident Minister at Georgetown University and attends St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Fairfax, Virginia.

Alexandros Pandazis, Campus Missionary- Texas A&M University

Education:

Master of Divinity, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Politics, St. Anselm College

OCF Background:

Alexandros grew up at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton, New Jersey where his family and community introduced him to the life of the Orthodox Church. Since then, he has served in a variety of Orthodox ministries around the country including CrossRoad, the Neighborhood Resilience Project, and the Y2AM YouTube series Be the Bee.

While attending St. Anselm College, Alexandros was an active participant and leader in OCF, including at College Conference, where he met his wife Rachel in 2019. Together, have two children and are excited to serve the community at Texas A&M.

Joseph Bray, Communications Manager
Joseph Bray, Communications Manager

Ivy Gabriella Tesfay, Assistant Ministry Coordinator

Education:

Masters of Theological Studies, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Bachelors in Psychology & Certificate of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Hellenic College

OCF Background:

Gabriella was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has a deep love for the Orthodox community that raised her there. She graduated from Hellenic College in 2022 with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Certificate of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and completed her Masters of Theological Studies in 2023. OCF holds a dear place in her heart and she is excited to serve authentically and joyfully!