Paula Marchman, MA, LPC, Managing Director
Paula Marchman, MA, LPC, is the managing director of Family Life Ministry (FLM) for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta. She practices Christian Psychotherapy in a private Counseling Office in Atlanta. Paula received her Baccalaureate degree in biology/chemistry from Georgia State University and her masters degree in professional counseling from Richmont University. She is a Level 2 Gottman certified couple therapist and trained facilitator. Paula also enjoys working on Family Insights, a podcast found on The Orthodox Christian Network & FLM. She is a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Paula and her husband Tom Lekas enjoy spending time with their eight grandchildren.
Edna King, Education, Curricula Writing, author, and contributing writer
Edna King is a former teacher and preschool director. She earned a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Early Childhood Education. She and her husband Mark are parishioners at Saint Elias in Decatur, Georgia. Mark directs the choir and Edna assists in the church Bookstore. Mark and Edna have four children. Edna’s oldest child is an adult, her youngest child is in heaven after a lengthy battle with cancer, and her middle children are adopted boys from Ukraine. Edna is one of the authors of Woven, a book for teen girls, as well as articles for Engage Orthodoxy and the Sounding Blog on OCN. As a writer and member of the Engage Orthodoxy team, she brings a unique perspective on parenting and draws upon her varied life experiences, 17 years of teaching, and the Orthodox faith to help other parents with their challenges.
Rev. +Fr. Paul Kaplanis, Spiritual Advisor
Father Paul Kaplanis graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 1979, with a B.S. Degree in Social Science and History. In September 1979, he entered Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. On June 27, 1982, Father Paul and Presbytera Evi (Spiliopoulou) Kaplanis were married at the Dormition Greek Orthodox Church in Danbury. In 1983, he graduated with his Master’s of Divinity Degree and upon receiving the Taylor Scholarship, Father Paul enrolled in the Master’s Program at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. After one year, he returned to the U.S and was ordained by His Grace Bishop Philip to the Holy Diaconate at his hometown parish on October 28, 1984 and to the Holy Priesthood on November 11, 1984. Father Paul was bestowed with the Offikia, (office) of father confessor and stavroforos by Bishop Philip and on September 2002, His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios bestowed upon Father the Offikion of Protopresbyter. Father Paul is the Dean of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Atlanta, Georgia.
Regina Nasrallah, Media, Marketing, and website Administrator
Regina is a student at the University of Georgia working toward a B.S. and a B.A. in physical and human Geography, respectively. She attends Saint Philothea Orthodox Church in Athens, Georgia where she also teaches Sunday school and chairs a committee to improve the sustainability of the church. Additionally, Regina serves as Vice President of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at UGA. When she is not studying the effects of human behavior on the environment, she enjoys reading, writing, visiting the Georgia Botanical Gardens, and making tea. Regina is passionate about engaging with fellow Orthodox college students and learning about how to live in the fullness of the faith as a young woman in the 21st century.
STAFF WRITERS AND ADVISORS
Angie Nasrallah, Staff Writer and Photographer
Angie Nasrallah is a writer, teacher, urban farmer, wife and homeschooling mother to five children. A graduate of Florida State University, she also earned her M.Ed in Secondary English Education from The University of Georgia. Angie began her teaching career at UGA as a graduate assistant in the Challenge Program for gifted and talented students. Since that time, she has taught writing and literature in a variety of contexts including public and private school, technical school, hybrid school and homeschool. She currently teaches her youngest son at home. An avid nature lover, Angie enjoys spending time with her boys discovering and photographing cool earthy things. With the older kids, she often finds herself in the role of coach and encourager. When she’s not with her family or out tending the chicken coop, you might find her writing stories and articles for her blog. She and her husband, subdeacon Matthew, live in Marietta, Georgia and are actively involved in St. Basil the Great Orthodox Mission.
Presbytera Jocelyn Mathewes, Staff Writer and Photographer
Presbytera Jocelyn Mathewes is a photographer, designer, artist, and mother of three. With a degree in English and Studio Art from Messiah College, she has worked as a graphic designer for several non-profits, taught at various summer camps, and written articles for Touchstone magazine and Christian Reflection. She lives with her husband Fr. Stephen Mathewes, pastor of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Khouria Faith Potter, Staff Writer
Khouria Faith Potter received her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, GA. She lives in South Glens Falls, NY, where her husband, Fr. Gregory, is the priest of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. She has a background in International Affairs and non-profit work and did her clinical work for her counseling degree at a women and children’s homeless shelter, where she specialized in grief counseling and DBT. In her spare time, Faith enjoys knitting, tending to plants, and singing shape-note music.
Jacob Sparks, Staff Writer
Jacob Sparks is an undergraduate at the University of Georgia studying theology and math. He is the current president of UGA's Orthodox Christian Fellowship chapter and is passionate about living an Orthodox life and encouraging others to do the same. In his spare time he can be found practicing card tricks, reading the scriptures and church fathers, or having outrageous discussions about politics and philosophy with his friends.
Isabelle Ryerson, Staff Writer
Isabelle Ryerson is a college student and recent convert to Orthodoxy. An Indiana native, currently, she is working toward a degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science from Berry College, located in Georgia. She is a member of St. Basil the Great Orthodox Mission in Marietta, Georgia. In addition to writing for Engage Orthodoxy, she is also the chair of the social media committee for the Connect Orthodox Young Adult Conference. When not in classes or at work, she enjoys reading, baking, knitting and delving deeper into the Orthodox Faith.
Theodosia “Soula” Hareas, Staff writer
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Soula began her career working with victims of trauma such as Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and Rape and continued to help those who have experienced difficulty in their lives due to trauma. She has also worked within several agencies with those who struggle with Depression, Anxiety, and other more severe issues. These include Domestic Violence, BiPolar, ADHD, Court Ordered Reunification Therapy. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Saint Leo University and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University.
Soula became a ministry leader at St. Stefanos Orthodox Church in Saint Petersburg Florida at the age of 15. Since then she has remained a Youth Ministry Leader and was the keynote speaker at the Orthodox Youth Conference in London. She and her husband Tom enjoy living on the water with their three children.