- Melanie Jula
Melanie Jula Sakoda is one of the three co-founders of Pokrov.org, along with Cappy Larson and her daughter Greta E. Larson. The three women had spoken up about the way an abuse case in their local parish, Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco, was mishandled by church officials, and their lives were forever changed by the resulting backlash. Melanie and and the Larsons realized how lucky they were to have had each other during this time, and they wanted to reach out to others who were going through similar experiences without that advantage. The website’s mission is to support people who have been hurt in the Church, whether by its leaders or by its members.
In 2008 Pokrov.org came under the umbrella of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Sakoda and Cappy Larson became the directors of SNAP‘s Orthodox Christian division. The following year Sakoda became the SNAP director for the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay area as well.