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IOCC Metropolitan Committees

From the founding of IOCC in 1992, volunteer-led Metropolitan Committees around the country have provided invaluable grass roots support in advancing the organization’s humanitarian mission. Throughout the year, these groups of dedicated volunteers have helped raise awareness of IOCC among Orthodox Christians and the general public through fundraising activities such as pan-Orthodox banquets, concerts, sporting events and lectures. The Metropolitan Committees bring together Orthodox Christians of all ethnic and jurisdictional backgrounds in support of a common cause – responding to the call of Christ to minister to people in need wherever they are.

Metropolitan Committees are not IOCC chapters, but rather voluntary groups of IOCC supporters in major cities across the United States. The growing interest in participation has fueled a steady growth in the number of Metropolitan Committees during the past two decades. Currently there are 42 active Metropolitan Committees located in many major metropolitan areas in the United States.

To learn more about starting a Metropolitan Committee in a new area, please contact Christina Meares, IOCC Senior Outreach Coordinator, at or Laura Hendershot, IOCC Outreach Coordinator, at

To become involved with a committee near you, please email the contact person in your area:

Akron, OH
Ms. Barney Powers
Albuquerque, NM
Ms. Katherine Pappas
Atlanta, GA
Ms. Pauline Bergert
Austin, TX
Mr. Imad Zaccak
Baltimore, MD
Mr. Michael Tsakalos
Bergenfield, NJ
Laura Hendershot
Boca Raton, FL
Pamela and Nicholas Collins
Boston, MA
Ms. Emily Howard
Buffalo, NY
Ms. Gabriella Damiano
Central New Jersey, NJ
Mrs. Susan Gray
Charlotte, NC
Mrs. Laura Nixon
Chicago, IL
Mr. Bill J. Vranas (BJ)
Cleveland, OH
Mr. Jim Basilion
Dallas, TX
Fr. Chris Constantinides
Denver, CO
Ms. Elaine Cladis
Detroit, MI
Mr. David Adrian
Grand Rapids, MI
Dn. David Khorey
Houston, TX
Mrs. Marian Catechis
Indianapolis, IN
Ms.Emily Ingledza
Jacksonville, FL
Fr. Nick Louh
Kansas City, KS
Ms. Reita Maricle
Long Island, NY
Fr. Luke Melackrinos
Los Angeles, CA
Ms. Lisa Xanthos
Louisville, KY
Ms. Michelle Nicholas
Minneapolis, MN
Mr. Dan Christopulos
New York, NY
Mr. Mike Pontisakos
N. Carolina (East), NC
Mrs. Helen Paliouras
Oklahoma City, OK
Mr. Harvey Homsey
Orange County, CA
Mr. Nico Nicolaou
Perth Amboy, NJ
Ms. Sue Gray
Philadelphia, PA
Mr. Tony Pantazopoulos
Phoenix, AZ
Mr. Jim Dedakis
Pittsburgh, PA
Mr. Nick Terezis
Pittsfield, MA
Mr. Nick Bobrovksy
Portland, OR
Mr. Jim Thompson
Raleigh-Durham, NC
Ms. Helen Paliouras
San Francisco, CA
Mr. Stephen Kreta
Seattle, WA
Ms. Kim Angelis
Spokane, WA
Ms. Eleni Schumacher
St. Louis, MO
Ms. Christine Lemakis
Syracuse, NY
Mr. and Ms. Jim and Rula Kozanitis
Washington, D.C.
Ms. Maria Christodoulou
Virginia Beach, VA
Mr. Daniel Cook


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