Metropolis Council

The Metropolis Council is the advisory and consultative body to the Metropolitan on issues concerning the life and growth of the Metropolis, its ministries, institutions and financial condition. The Council is comprised of the Metropolitan, the Chancellor, eight (8) Clergy of the Metropolis and eight (8) Laity elected by the Metropolis Clergy-Laity Assembly, and eight (8) appointees by the Metropolitan.

 

His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael

Metropolitan of Chicago

His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago is the second metropolitan to preside over the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, consisting of 58 parishes and two monastic communities in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as well as northern Indiana and southeastern Missouri. He was unanimously elected Metropolitan of Chicago, succeeding His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of blessed memory, by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on February 7, 2018. He was later ordained a Bishop in the Holy Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New York, on March 17, and was enthroned as Metropolitan of Chicago in the Holy Cathedral of the Annunciation of Chicago on March 24.

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His Grace Bishop Timothy of Hexamilion

Chancellor

His Grace Bishop Timothy (Bakakos) of Hexamilion, son of the late Demosthenes and late Antonia Bakakos, was born in Chicago, Illinois in October of 1952, and is the second of four sons. Along with his siblings, His Grace was raised and spent his childhood and teen years at the Assumption (Panagia) Church of Chicago, where he attended the Sunday Church School and Greek School programs, as well as serving as an altar boy and participating in the youth programs of the parish. His Grace is a product of the Chicago Public School System, where he attended Lane Technical High School for three years before moving with his family to Park Ridge, finally completing high school at Maine Township High School South. 

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Fr. Tilemahos Alikakos

Fr. Tilemahos Alikakos serves as the parish priest of Saint Spyridon in Palos Heights, IL. He has also served as a missionary at the Orthodox Metropolis of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, as the associate pastor of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, and as the parish priest of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Sioux City, Iowa. Fr. Tilemahos graduated Loyola University Chicago majoring in Mathematics and Statistics before earning his Master of Divinity at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Along with his parish ministry, Fr. Tilemahos has served as the OCF advisor at the University of Chicago, as the advisor to the Midwest Hellenic Dance Festival and as a member of the Greek Education Committee. Fr. Tilemahos lives in Orland Park with Presvytera Georgia and their four children, Konstantine, Demetra, Marina, and Katerina.

Fr. Stephen Bithos

Fr. Stephen Bithos has served in the Metropolis of Chicago as a parish priest since 1983. For the past 28 years he has been the priest at All Saints Church in Joliet, Illinois. At All Saints he was instrumental in raising the funds to completely transform the interior of the church from its non traditional art to the present Byzantine iconography that graces the interior walls of the church. Fr. Stephen has served on the Metropolis Council since 2018. He also has consistently been a member of the Fanari Camp Steering committee throughout his years of ministry. He is presently the Clergy Syndesmos interim president. He has been married for the past 37 years to Presvytera Pearlann and has two daughters Angie and Katie (John) and one granddaughter Cecilia.

Fr. Chrysanthos Kerkeres

Fr. Chrysanthos Kerkeres is the parish priest of Saint George Greek Orthodox church in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, and has served in that capacity since February 1, 2014.  In addition to his parish responsibilities, Fr. Chrysanthos serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Fanari Camp.  He is the spiritual advisor to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship program of DePaul University, the spiritual advisor to the Hellenic American Veterans of the Metropolis of Chicago, the spiritual advisor to the Hellenic American Police Association, and a Chaplain for both the Chicago and Park Ridge Police Departments. Fr. Chrysanthos also sits on the Metropolis of Chicago Spiritual Court, serves as the Vice President of the Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Alumni Association, as the Vice President of the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Chicago, serves on the Metropolis of Chicago Greek Education Committee, and  is the Coordinator of the Archons of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago.  Fr. Chrysanthos is married to Vasiliki Kerkeres and they live in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Fr. Sotirios Malamis

Fr. Sotirios Malamis has been the Proistamenos at the Ascension of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church in Lincolnshire, IL since September 1, 2014. In that capacity, he provided leadership and spiritual guidance during a $9 million, 21-month construction project culminating in the opening of a new church and community center on June 5, 2019. Concurrently, he has been teaching Byzantine Music area students for several years. He attended DePaul University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Fr. Sotirios then graduated with distinction in 2001 from Holy Cross School of Theology with a Master of Divinity. He continued his theological studies at the University of Athens in the field of Pastoral Theology and Religious Education. Along with serving on the Metropolis Council, he is currently serving on the Archdiocesan Council as well. Fr. Sotirios and Presvytera Stefanie have three children, Maria, Nikolas, and Aimilianos.

Fr. Chris Mihalopoulos

Biography coming soon

Fr. Doug Papulis

Biography coming soon.

Fr. Timothy Sas

Fr. Timothy A. Sas is parish priest of Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church of Duluth, Minnesota where he resides with his family. Additionally, he serves as Vicar to Metropolitan Nathanael for the Greek Orthodox Churches of Minnesota and as member of the Metropolis Council. Fr. Timothy completed his theological degree at St. Andrew’s Seminary in Winnipeg, Canada, in addition to undergraduate studies at the University of Manitoba and a master’s degree at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Fr. Timothy also works as organizational development consultant for churches and small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations.

Fr. Dimitri Tobias

Fr. Dimitri Tobias is a Member of the IT/Operations Committee of the Metropolis Council. He is a priest of the Metropolis of Chicago for 7 years, serving the community of SS. Peter & Paul in Glenview, IL as an Associate Pastor; and the communities Holy Trinity in Sioux City, IA; and St. Basil in Chicago, IL as a Proistamenos. Prior to this, he has served in the Department of Internet Ministries for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Department of Registry for the Metropolis of Chicago, and the Pastoral Lay Assistant of St. Nectarios in Palatine, IL. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies from Hellenic College and a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

Anne Marie Adams, Ph.D

Education

As Assistant Director and adjunct faculty member of Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Communication (MSC) program, Anne Marie oversees academic and financial operations, graduate student advising, and manages the development and implementation of graduate degree programs. She develops program curriculum and co-curricular programming, teaches graduate courses and executive education seminars, and conducts research through empirical and applied analysis.

Expanding her academic impact beyond the university, Anne Marie offers workshops, consulting, and coaching, with a focus on women’s issues related to equity, access, and voice. She is interested in the ways women make meaning of their lived experiences at the intersection of their religious and spiritual identity construction. Her most current research examines the history of Greek Orthodox women in cultural and institutional contexts within the church and its ministries.

Anne Marie is a steward of Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, Illinois. She serves as the Vice President of her parish council and is the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Metropolis Council. She has served on the steering committee of Lighthouse Summer Camp and was one of the camp’s speakers in 2021. Anne Marie lives in Northbrook with her husband Evan, and three children, Evelyn, Trifon, and John.

Juliana Arsoniadis

Finance

Juliana Arsoniadis was born and raised in the St. Sophia community and currently sits on the Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos board as a member since 2019. Her primary focus on the Philoptochos board is focused on technology and innovation within the organization to not only further collaboration within other ministries of the Metropolis, but to increase awareness through the use of social media and digital platforms. Outside of her involvement in the Metropolis Philoptochos, Juliana has severed on the St. Sophia Parish Council for two terms and the St. Sophia Chapter Philoptochos for three terms. Professionally, Juliana is the Director of Implementation for Medline Industries where she has been employed for 14 years and has directly managed the onboarding of over $2.6B in new sales for Medline as an organization. Her current role boasts a background in project management, supply chain management and operations sales solutions which are executed through leveraging the capabilities and skillsets the 28 project managers under her supervision. Juliana graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Finance in 2007 and DePaul University with an MBA in Operations Management and Brand and Product Management in 2015.

Dr. George K. Bovis

Development

George K Bovis, MD is a neurosurgeon practicing in Chicago for the last 21 years. He completed his college and medical school education at Northwestern University, his neurosurgery training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and his fellowship training in cerebrovascular and skull base at the Mayfield Clinic in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr Bovis presently serves as the Vice Chairman of Neurosurgery at AMITA Health, the Medical Director of the Illinois Gamma Knife Center and AMITA Neuroscience Institute, and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical School. He is the author of 57 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and academic presentations. Dr Bovis is a very active member of the Greek American community both regionally and nationally. He was elected to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis Council of Chicago, sits on the Board of the National Hellenic Museum and serves as a medical advisor at the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation and the Greek American Rehabilitation Centre. Finally, both he and his wife Raffaella are Founding Members of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Foundation.

 

Dr. Efrosine (Lori) Kotsonis Chiampas

Development

Efrosine (Lori) Kotsonis Chiampas is a current member of the Metropolis Council (MC) and has served since 2017. She was on the MC's Executive Committee 2017-2019, is currently a co-chair of the Metropolis’ Humanitarian Outreach Philanthropic Engagement (HOPE) program and chaired the Metropolis’ first 5K Walk/Run in 2020. Lori has her Doctorate degree in Pharmacy and has worked at Lurie Children’s Hospital for the last twenty-three years where she has held several leadership roles including, Director of Pharmacy Operations, Manager of Hematology/Oncology and for the last thirteen years as Medication Safety Coordinator. Lori’s expertise is Safety and Quality, and she is a contributor in McGraw Hill’s 2015 edition of Pediatric Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. She is a member of the American Pharmacist Hospital Association, the Pediatric Pharmacy Association, the Children’s Hospital Association, the Children’s Hospitals Medication Safety Committee, the Medication Safety Officers Society and a member of Hellenic American Leadership Council. Lori attended Loyola University Chicago for her undergraduate studies, and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy as well as her Doctorate in Pharmacy from Midwestern University. Lori is married to Dr. George Chiampas, has two children, Katia (18) and Athan (16) and resides in Wilmette, IL. Lori grew up at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago where she and her family continue to be stewards and active parishioners.

 

Dr. Alexandria Kalina

Education

Dr. Alexandria Kalina is a Greek-American, born in Lowell, MA and raised in NYC and in Massachusetts. She graduated from Harvard College and Baylor College of Medicine, and after marrying, she completed a residency in Pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Alexandria and her husband moved to Scottsdale, AZ where she worked as a faculty physician at two pediatric residency programs in Phoenix. In 2004, Dn. Paul was ordained to the diaconate, and shortly thereafter they moved to Minneapolis to help care for his ailing parents. She is currently a pediatrician in private practice, and also an Associate Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the U of MN Medical School. They have been members of St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church for 17 years. Dr. Alexandria has been intimately involved in the Greek Orthodox Church in multiple states, attending Sunday School, singing in choir, and participating in GOYA, OCF and YAL (serving as president of each) as a youth. As an adult, she taught high school Church School for 35 years, has been GOYA advisor, Philoptochos Board member, and is currently Co-Chair of their Stewardship Committee. She also helped to start the Koinonia program and she led a women's book group at St. Mary’s. Finally, Dr. Alexandria is on the Strengthen Stewardship Now Task Force for the Chicago Metropolis. Dr. Alexandria and her husband have three children; their eldest is a physician and graduate of Holy Cross with an MTS, their second child is an MBA student at Rice University and their youngest is a second year seminarian at Holy Cross.

Thania Panopoulos

Communications

Thania Panopoulos takes a vision and makes it a reality through sound strategy and effective implementation. She quickly identifies key drivers of business growth, sees opportunities for operational improvement and inspires teams to execute. She is a proven leader who inspires action through transparency, accountability, and collaboration. Thania is respected by her clients, peers, and teams for her voice in decision making, her honest, straightforward approach and ability to build relationships with people across the organization to drive positive financial and operational change. As Principal of The Perissos Group, a consultancy she founded, Thania drives growth and operational improvements for organizations from start-up to large global companies. She has led initiatives from data-driven, creative marketing programs to turning around businesses to profitability. Previously, Thania served as Managing Director at Sandbox Industries, a venture capital firm. Prior she served as Director Marketing for HSBC, and she started her career at GE Capital where she held leadership roles throughout the U.S. and Australia. Thania is Founding Director of One Million Degrees, a nonprofit supporting over 5,000 community college students; Co-Founder of Social Venture Partners Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund; and Founder of FHRA, a nonprofit supporting an orphanage in Guatemala. MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and BA from Boston College.

Mary Scott

Digital Marketing

Mary Scott is a purpose-driven and creative problem solver with nearly 20 years of experience in higher education administration at her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. She is known for taking on nebulous projects and big ideas — providing needed structure, creating processes, and implementing technology to build a strong foundation for future growth. She is recognized for being a connector with strength in idea development, strategic planning, relationship building, and communication technology. Mary has held a variety of roles across the University that have included creating new educational programs, leading cross-university efforts, and financial planning & analysis for the $1 billion unrestricted operating budget. Currently, she is responsible for the design, development, and delivery of learning and strategic engagement programming for the Notre Dame alumni community through an open access, digital platform, ThinkND. She works with faculty and other stakeholders across the University to create educational content (videos, podcasts, articles) on a variety of topics. Prior to joining the Notre Dame administration, Mary was a consultant for Protiviti (formerly Andersen) in Chicago. As a student at the University, she earned my bachelor’s in business administration while studying finance and computer applications (information technology consulting). Throughout her life, Mary has held many volunteer roles within the Church including: organist, Sunday school teacher, preschool and family.

Aristides Smith

IT and Security Management

Aristides Smith is President and CEO of Next Generation Logistics, Inc. (NGL) located in Inverness, IL USA. Since 1988, (NGL) has been specializing in supply chain consulting, managed logistics services and transportation software development. Additionally, NGL is a Certified Microsoft Application Development Partner. Before NGL, Ari was Executive Vice President of Operations for Staley Continental Foodservice a $ 2.5 Billion food manufacturer and distributor, where he headed up operations for multiple divisions. He was also part of the UPS team as Manager of Industrial Engineering for several years and served overseas during the company’s expansion into Germany training new employees in UPS delivery techniques. Ari holds an MBA in Operations Management and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Computer Sciences and lives in Palatine IL with his wife Susan and his daughter Sarah. Ari is a member of St. Sophia Church in Elgin, IL and served on the Parish Councils of St. Nectarios Church and currently St. Sophia Church. The major role on both was to serve as the IT Committee Chair. Currently, Ari is also an active member of the Metropolis Strategic Planning IT Committee and has earned a Certificate of Completion in Strategic Leadership and Transformative Action from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

 

Legal Advisors


Georgia Loukas Demeros, Esq.

Georgia Loukas Demeros is Chair of the Legal Committee and a legal advisor to the Metropolis Council. She is a partner at the law firm of Thompson Coburn LLP. Georgia advises multigenerational families on wealth transfer and business succession planning and serves as personal general counsel to closely held businesses, business leaders and other individuals. She is the First Vice-President of the Hellenic Bar Association, a founding member of Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) and serves as a board member for other nonprofit organizations. Georgia holds a BBA in Accounting from Loyola University of Chicago, a JD and LLM in Taxation from Chicago-Kent College of Law and is a certified public accountant. Georgia and her family are stewards at Holy Taxiarhai and Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church and St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.

Joan Tolios Berg, Esq.

Joan Tolios Berg is a partner with Schoenberg Finkel Newman & Rosenberg LLC, where she is the Transaction Department Chair. Her practice is focused upon commercial real estate, lending and corporate matters. She and her family are stewards of Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Westchester, Illinois, where she remains active with the choir. Joan is a member of the peer-reviewed network, Leading Lawyers, and is actively involved with the boards of directors of other philanthropic organizations.

Harry J. Secaras, Esq.

Harry J. Secaras serves as legal counsel to the Metropolis and the Metropolis Council. He is a Shareholder of the law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. concentrating in traditional labor and employment law. Mr. Secaras has more than 30 years’ experience advising, counseling and representing employers in collective bargaining, arbitration and personnel matters and in claims brought before federal and state agencies and in federal and state courts. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer for more than 10 years. He is a Past President of the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois and has served on the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Bar Association Foundation. He has served on the Parish Councils of the Three Hierarchs Church in Champaign, Illinois and the St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church is Palatine, Illinois. He holds BA, MBA and JD degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where he was a founding member of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Fellowship. He, his wife Maria, and their three children reside in Wilmette, Illinois and are stewards of St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago.

Audit Committee


Gus Harris

Gus Harris is a Resident Auditor (RA) for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) managing an office of 30 personnel responsible for auditing a major defense company located in St. Louis, MO. Gus’ professional goals include taking on new tasks that will help him grow personally/professionally in mentoring/managing people and inspiring others to take on new challenges to help become better auditors/leaders. Gus is a licensed CPA in MO and has over 33 years of experience performing contract audits in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS). Gus was also the Treasurer for the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Town and Country, MO and has experience in preparing church fin statements and payroll taxes, W2s and 941s using QBs Pro. Gus’ 33 years at DCAA include holding various roles such as Auditor, Technical Specialist – Fin Capability/Pensions, Supervisory Auditor, Sr Financial Liaison Advisor, Special Assistant and RA. Gus’ achievements/experiences including auditing companies from mom and pops to Fortune 500s such as Boeing, GD, KBR, McDermott Int, Magellan Health, Cerberus Inv, Ball Aerospace, Enron, Afghan National Trust Fund, etc. saving taxpayer dollars/supporting the warfighter. Gus has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and he also attended the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for the Greek language. In his spare time Gus enjoys reading the lives of the saints, play golf and swimming.

Marc Kotsonas

Marc Kotsonas is Partner at Mahoney and leads the firm’s Not-for-Profit Group. His primary emphasis is managing audits of real estate and not-for-profit organizations. He has over 15 years of experience working with clients in the low income, multi-family real estate, and not-for-profit industries. Marc is the editor of Mahoney’s monthly not-for-profit e-newsletter which covers trends and issues facing the industry. He has written articles published on the AICPA Insights Blog and in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Marc has also volunteered for the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Resource Group. Marc graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business of Administration degree with a major in Accountancy and Spanish and with a minor in General Business.

Archdiocesan Council


Fr. Tilemahos Alikakos

Fr. Tilemahos Alikakos serves as the parish priest of Saint Spyridon in Palos Heights, IL. He has also served as a missionary at the Orthodox Metropolis of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, as the associate pastor of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, and as the parish priest of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Sioux City, Iowa. Fr. Tilemahos graduated Loyola University Chicago majoring in Mathematics and Statistics before earning his Master of Divinity at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Along with his parish ministry, Fr. Tilemahos has served as the OCF advisor at the University of Chicago, as the advisor to the Midwest Hellenic Dance Festival and as a member of the Greek Education Committee. Fr. Tilemahos lives in Orland Park with Presvytera Georgia and their four children, Konstantine, Demetra, Marina, and Katerina.

Harold V. Anagnos

Harold V. Anagnos is a founding steward of a new community and a leader in the building of Ascension of Our Lord church and community center. He has served on the Parish Councils of both the Ascension in Lincolnshire, IL and St. John the Baptist in DesPlaines, IL, collectively for over 25 years. Harold has held the officer positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Assistand Treasurer, is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and a fulfilled member of the Leadership 100 Organization. Professionally Harold founded Lumex, Inc.. a company that designed, manufactured and distributed worldwide optoelectronic components in the LED and liquid crystal displays that are used in most electronic products and devices. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, holding MBA and EMBA graduate and BPH and BA undergraduate degrees in leadership, management , finance and high technology hardware, and software fields.

 

Thomas (Athanasios) Kanelos

Thomas (Athanasios) Kanelos lives in Niles, Illinois with his wife Maryann and their daughters Maria and Amalia. He has been a steward of Holy Taxiarhai & St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church since 1987 and a parish council member since 1994.

Metropolis Junior Board

Formed in June 2019, the Metropolis of Chicago Junior board is composed of 24 young adult leaders from throughout the Metropolis. Originally conceived by His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael, the Board’s primary charge is to recommend, develop, and implement policies and programs to encourage greater participation among young adults in the life of the Church, including among lapsed or unengaged Orthodox Christians.

Beyond advising His Eminence, the Junior Board also interacts with the Metropolis Council to help shape Metropolis policy and programs to meet the needs and concerns of youth and young adults.

 

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