GOA Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board

Author: Pokrov
Date Published: 07/30/2004
Publication: Pokrov


The following list of biographies was supplied to the attendees of a seminar offered at the Clergy-Laity Conference in New York City in July. It has taken a number of years for this information to finally become available. We hope to see contact information for these board members supplied to the faithful in the near future.

July 2004

His Eminence Metropolitan ISAIAH of Denver (Chairman)
Denver, Colorado

Metropolitan Isaiah, a native of New Hampshire, served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. In the autumn of 1954, he enrolled at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts. Upon his graduation in 1960, he attended the Ecumenical Patriarchate Seminary of Halki in Istanbul, Turkey, for graduate studies. He was consecrated a Bishop on May 25, 1986, and given the title of Bishop of Aspendos. In September 1986, His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos assigned him as the Chancellor of the Archdiocese in New York. He was enthroned as Bishop of Denver on September 10, 1992. On November 24, 1997, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated him as Metropolitan of Proikonisos and Presiding Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver. Metropolitan Isaiah was also appointed as President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology on July 1, 1997, by His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon of America. He accepted a one-year term which officially ended on August 14, 1998. On December 20, 2002, the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated the status of the Diocese to a Metropolis, and elected Metropolitan Isaiah as Metropolitan of Denver, where he currently presides.

Ellen Tsilimigras Cokinos, LMSW Houston, Texas

Ellen Cokinos, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has worked in the area of child protection and advocacy for over twenty years. As Founder and past Executive Director of The Children’s Assessment Center in Houston for eleven years, she created an entrepreneurial model that established The Center as one of the world’s largest facilities of its kind for investigation, assessment, and treatment of sexual abuse cases involving children. Since 2001, Ms. Cokinos has worked as the Chief Advancement Officer for Trinity Children and Family Services, one of the nations largest providers of education, residential treatment and foster care services. Ms. Cokinos has presented on numerous occasions at conferences globally, including the 2004 American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the 2002 Leadership Conference, National Children’s Alliance, Washington D.C. In 2004, she was the recipient of the 2004 Woman in Leadership Award, Certificate of Recognition, by The Child Welfare League of America. Ms. Cokinos holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work in Clinical Treatment from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Ms. Cokinos and her husband Paige are members of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, and their two children attend Annunciation Orthodox School.

Dr. Michael Kalogerakis New York, New York

Dr. Michael Kalogerakis is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in
private practice and is board certified in both general psychiatry and adolescent psychiatry. He currently serves as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, and as President of the Kenworthy-Swift Foundation, an organization devoted to funding grants for service programs, research and advocacy in child mental health. Dr. Kalogerakis is also the former Director of Adolescent Services at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, and the former Associate Commissioner for Children and Youth, NYS Office of Mental Health. He is the past-President of both the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and the International Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, and served as a Board member for 25 years for the Citizen’s Committee for Children of NY, the oldest child advocacy organization in the U.S. Dr. Kalogerakis has also edited several publications and written numerous articles on children and mental health issues. Dr. Kalogerakis and his wife and family are members of the Holy Cathedral and Annunciation Church, both in New York, and Kimisis tis Theotokou in Southhampton.

Catherine Metropoulos Burlington, Vermont

Catherine Metropoulos, a native of Watertown, Massachusetts, comes to this assignment with her commitment to advocacy for the safety and well-being of all children, combined with a very proactive approach with personal, firsthand experience as victims of clergy sexual misconduct within the Greek Orthodox Church. Mrs. Metropoulos has been active and instrumental in advocating for change on behalf of victims, and victims of sexual abuse in her state and beyond. Her appointments include membership to the Vermont Victim/Survivor of Crime Council, the Chittenden County State’s Attorney Victim’s of Crime Board, and the Victim’s Compensation Board for the State of Vermont. Mrs. Metropoulos has presented at numerous speaking engagements around the state, and was instrumental in advocating for changes to Vermont law involving several significant pieces of legislation: “Truth in Sentencing” bill — 2001,”Mandated Reporting of Clergy” bill — 2003, and the “Internet Sex Offender Registry” bill — 2004. Mrs. Metropoulos and her husband Evan have three children. They are current members of the Taxiarchae Church in Watertown, Massachusetts, and St. George in Centerville.

Father Michael G. Pappas San Francisco, California

Born in Glen Ridge New Jersey on May 14, 1961, Father
Michael graduated from Dickinson College in 1983, after which he worked as a lobbyist for CNN Communications Inc., then as the Northern California Regional Field Director for Reagan Bush ’84. Following the campaign, he began his career as an investment banker for JB Hannauer & Co., the oldest municipal bond firm in New Jersey. In 1987, Father Michael left the world of finance and enrolled at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology graduating with honors in the Class of 1992. While Pastor at the St. Basil Parish in Stockton, California, in June of 2002, with the permission of His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of San Francisco, he accepted the invitation of Roman Catholic Bishop Stephen Blair to sit on the Diocese of Stockton Clergy Sexual Misconduct Review Board. This board, formed out of deliberations of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Dallas, is charged with advising the local bishop on policies related to clergy sexual misconduct, as well as reviewing and assessing cases. On August 1, 2004, Father Michael will begin a new chapter in his ministry as the Proistamenos of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco. He is married to the former Alexandra Manolis and they have three children.

Father J. Gregory Waynick Florence, South Carolina

A Certified Public Accountant since 1985, Father Gregory Waynick served as Treasurer of an investment banking company in Nashville, Tennessee, before being ordained as a priest. He is the newly assigned Pastor of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Florence, South Carolina. At his previous parish assignment at St. Mark Church in Boca Raton, Florida, Father Gregory developed a comprehensive, zero-tolerance policy and procedures for the prevention of sexual misconduct. He has been outspoken in urging the Archdiocese to strengthen its efforts to prevent sexual misconduct. Father Waynick is married and has three children.

Policy Implementer and Resource Person:

His Grace Bishop Savas of Troas Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America New York, New York

Bishop Savas (Zembillas) was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America in December 1999. A forty-seven-year-old native of Gary, Indiana, he earned degrees in Philosophy and English literature from Colby College (1979) and a Master’s in Divinity from Holy Cross School of Theology (1985), and pursued doctoral studies at Pembroke College, Oxford University (1987-94), under the supervision of His Grace Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia. Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, he served communities in Cincinnati, Ohio (lay assistant, 1985- 87), Oxford (Deacon, 1991-94), Kalamazoo, Michigan (Proistamenos, 1995-97) and Merrick, New York (1997-2000). He was elevated to the episcopacy in 2002 and is, in his capacity as Chancellor and in accordance with the Archdiocesan Policy on Clergy Sexual Misconduct, the principal investigator of misconduct complaints.

Additional Resource Persons:

Father Michael Kontogiorgis, Assistant Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America New York, New York

Catherine Bouffides Walsh Archdiocesan Council Executive
Committee South Glastonbury, Connecticut