Academia Symposia Committee

This committee is charged with the responsibility of organizing and managing academia symposia focusing both on the external challenges facing the Ecumenical Patriarchate and on the five major religious freedom issues critical to the Patriarch and to Orthodox Christians.

Dr. George Zimmar, Ph.D.

Vice Chair:
Dr. Stamatios Kartalopoulos

If you are an Archon and want to become involved in the Archon Engagement Committees, please contact Archon Stephen A. Georgeson, Chair.

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John Blazakis


New Jersey

October 31, 2010

John J. Blazakis of St. George in Piscataway, NJ, was invested as Archon in 2010 and conferred with the offikion Dikaiophylax. He participated in two pilgrimages to the Ecumenical Patriarchate (in 2006 and in 2009) and he was the motorcade coordinator for the visit of His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the US in November 2009.

Archon Blazakis is a member of Fellowship 1000 of the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey. He was also responsible for the transportation of the Archbishop of Crete (2010).

Archon Blazakis is a retired Chief of Police in Somerset County, NJ.

Frank Boardman



October 22, 2017

Frank (Paul) Boardman of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Charlotte, NC, was invested as Archon in 2017 and conferred with the offikion Maestor.

Archon Boardman has chaired the Parish Facilities Committee, which advises the Metropolitan of Atlanta on all matters related to the construction of churches and other buildings in the Metropolis. He also conducts the Hellenic Dance Program at the Cathedral.

Archon Boardman is an architect.

George K. Bovis, MD



October 31, 2021

Thomas S. Cappas, Esq.



October 10, 2004

Harry T. Cavalaris



March 06, 1993

He was born and resides in Charlotte, NC & is the son of Archon Thomas Cavalaris & Archondisa Zoe Lucas Cavalaris. His Brother: Archon James Cavalaris. Home Church: Holy Trinity Cathedral Charlotte, North Carolina.

March 6, 1993, His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos of North & South America at The Archdiocesan Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York bestowed him as Archon Ekdikos.

Medal of St. Paul in 1990 was bestowed by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos on the 10th Anniversary of the St. Photios Shrine, St. Augustine, Florida.

Attended the funeral of Patriarch Demetrios in Fall 1991 with the Archdiocese of North & South America Delegation led by his Eminence Archbishop Iakovos.

Attended the 1991 Enthronement of His All Holiness Patriarchate Bartholomeus & witnessed the Phanar 2006 visit of Pope Benedict and 2014 visit of Pope Francis.

Served his Parish Board & Board of Trustees of the Parish Foundation.

Metropolis of Atlanta Council since 1980, he served and as Vice Chairman and Chairman from 1995 – 2001; Metropolis of Atlanta Endowment Fund Trustee.

St. Photios Shrine Foundation since 1979, he served on the Board of Trustees & Vice-President for 15 years. In 2011 he received Emeritus Status.

Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology he served 1998-2006 Board of Trustees.

Order of AHEPA, he served as Chapter, District & National Officers & Order of AHEPA National Projects Chairman.

North Carolina Museum of Art Friends of Greek Art, he has served since 2007. The committee was created to raise funds for the purchase of Greek Antiquities for the new Hellenic Museum Wing. Over $ 1 Million Dollars has been raised.

A graduate of Mars Hill College.

US Army Military Intelligence Division: 1969 to 1971.

He has been active in the Roller-Skating Industry and is in Real Estate.

Nicholas Chimicles, Esq.


New Jersey

October 20, 2013

Nicholas Euth. Chimicles of the St. Luke Church in Broomall, PA, was invested as Archon in 2013 and conferred with the offikion Nomophylax.

Archon Chimicles is a member of Leadership 100. He is also a major benefactor of his parish, of the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey, of the International Orthodox Christian Charities, and of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center.

Archon Chimicles graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia School of Law with high honors. He is a prominent practitioner of the legal profession.

Zenon Christodoulou, Ph.D.


New Jersey

October 16, 2016

Zenon Christodoulou of the Holy Trinity Church in Westfield, NJ, was invested as Archon in 2016 and conferred with the offikion Skevophylax.

Archon Christodoulou is a management consultant. He also owns a lithograph business, servicing the printing needs of the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey at no cost to the Metropolis.

The Hon. Jeffery G. Chrones, Esq.



October 31, 2020

Judge Chrones currently serves as a Circuit Court Judge in Chicago, after a long tenure as a practicing attorney in Chicago.

Judge Chrones states that he wishes to pay back to the Ecumenical Patriarchate the beneficence afforded years ago by the Ecumenical Patriarchate to his late father-in-law, Nikolaos Karnezos, who was born in Imbros. The Patriarchate paid for his father-in-law’s education, leading to a degree in physics from the University of Athens.

Judge Chrones and his wife have established a scholarship fund, in Mr. Karnezos’ name, for the benefit of the Patriarchate to educate young people. Thus far, $100,000 has been sent to the Patriarchate. Judge Chrones also has organized many fundraising events for the ministries of the Chicago Metropolis.

The Hon. Steven G. Counelis


San Francisco

October 31, 2021

A parishioner of Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim, California, the Hon. Steven G. Counelis was invested as an Archon by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on October 31, 2021 and conferred with the offikion Nomophylax.

Archon Hon. Counelis is Judge of the Superior Court of the State of California in the County of Riverside. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government, and with his Juris Doctor degree, from the University of San Francisco. As a college student, he served at the United States Supreme Court, in the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice. Prior to being elected to the Superior Court in 2010, he served as a Deputy District Attorney for seventeen years. He has also served in a number of parish leadership roles. In 2016 he was elected by the Metropolis Assembly to serve on the Metropolis Council, and has done so to the present. Archon Counelis and his wife Stacia have served as the Conference Advisors to the Young Adult League (YAL) Conference Ministry of the Metropolis of San Francisco since its renaissance in 2018, and continue to guide in the execution and planning of the annual Conference.

Elias Damianakis



October 31, 2010

Archon Elias Damianakis, founding member of St. Raphael Palm Harbor, FL. Invested 2010, conferred offikion Maestor. A celebrated Byzantine Iconographer, author, and innovative internet entrepreneur. He has sponsored His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s visit to Florida (2006); underwrote 100,000 commemorative prints/cards for Patriarchal visits; installed private chapel for Patriarchal devotion during Patriarchal visit.

Archon Damianakis received the Medal of St. Paul GOARCH, for service to the YAL, as Archdiocesan Conference Chairman (1987), Archangel Michael Medal, Holy Metropolis of Atlanta; served as US Delegate to the Millennium International Clergy-Laity-Conference, Constantinople (2000). Participates in frequent Archon pilgrimages to the Ecumenical Patriarchate: Historic Return of the Relics (2004); witnessed visitations of Pope Benedict (2006); Pope Francis (2014); several official Archon trips; Smyrna, Cappadocia, Ankara, Jerusalem, Sinai.

Archon Elias attended two Synaxis of Orthodox Primates Sunday of Orthodoxy (2014) Constantinople; celebrated several historic events in Constantinople: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of His All Holiness’ elevation to the Ecumenical Throne (2011). Participated in several International Religious Freedom Symposiums: EU Parliament Brussels (2010); Washington DC, (2017); joined His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros on his historic return to Constantinople (2019)

Archon Elias received numerous civic awards, notably a Special Congressional Recognition (2017). He is a celebrated online pioneer, dubbed an “Evangelist of Beauty.” Establishes/underwrites websites dedicated to Orthodoxy, Iconography, Religious Freedom, and “Orthodoxy and the Environment”

Archon Damianakis is an internationally renowned Master Iconographer. He lectures and offered Master Classes around the world: Athens, London, Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia… Taught iconography at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology and founded the School of Iconography. His online hub is

Elias and his wife, Angela (Psychotherapist, LCSW), grew up at Holy Trinity, Hicksville, NY married in 1991. They have three children Theophani (son-in-law, Stylianos Sarigiannis), Stavronikitas (daughter-in-law Kristen Karavantos-Love) all four graduates of HCHC, and Euphemia (12).

George E. Demacopoulos, Ph.D.

Didaskalos Tou Genous

Direct Archdiocesan District

October 31, 2010

Prof. Dr. George E. Demacopoulos of St. Paraskevi in Greenlawn, NY, was invested as Archon in 2010 and conferred with the offikion Didaskalos tou Genous. He participated in the 2006 pilgrimage to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. His research resulted in the return to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the relics of St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom from Vatican. He also coordinated the award by Fordham University of its highest honor, the Honorary Doctorate of Laws to His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in 2009.

Archon Demacopoulos has served on various parish committee ministries of St Paraskevi. He has also been a frequent guest lecturer on Orthodoxy at clergy and lay gatherings of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Archon Demacopoulos graduated with a BA from the University of Tennessee, with an MTS in Theology from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and with an MA and a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently the Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies at Fordham University. He is also the Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at the same University. He specializes in the History of Christianity for Late Antiquity, the Early Medieval West, and Byzantium. He is the author of many books, articles and academic presentations on Orthodoxy.

Archon Demacopoulos and his wife, Katherine, were married in 1995.

Dr. John Fotopoulos, Ph.D.

Didaskalos Tou Evangeliou


October 22, 2017

Dr. John Fotopoulos of the St. George Church in Schererville, IN, and of the Holy Apostles Church in Westchester, IL, was invested as Archon in 2017 and conferred with the offikion Didaskalos tou Evangeliou.

Archon Fotopoulos chants at both parish churches and is the homilist at the Holy Apostles Church.

Archon Fotopoulos earned an M.Div degree at Holy Cross, where he was the class valedictorian, and a PhD at Loyola University. He is a Professor of Religious Studies at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, specializing in the New Testament and early Christian studies. Archon Fotopoulos is a scholar and a prolific writer (four books, 24 articles and 21 papers) and lecturer, including a lecture in Athens several years ago titled “Baptism in the Pauline Churches in the First Century.”

George Horiates


New Jersey

October 21, 2012

George G. Horiates of the St. Thomas Church in Cherry Hill, NJ, was invested as Archon in 2012 and conferred with the offikion Notarios.

Archon Horiatis has extensively served on the Parish Council He has also been a major contributor to the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey.

Archon Horiates is practicing attorney.

Elias A. Iliadis, MD


Direct Archdiocesan District

October 31, 2021

Dr. Stamatios Kartalopoulos


New Jersey

February 28, 1999

Inspector John V. Kassimatis


Direct Archdiocesan District

March 09, 2003

Ilias Katsos


Direct Archdiocesan District

October 31, 2021

Theodore Klingos


Direct Archdiocesan District

November 01, 2009

Theodore P. Klingos of the Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral in Manhattan, NY, was invested as Archon in 2009 and conferred with the offikion Referendarios.

Archon Klingos has serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Archdiocesan Cathedral. He has also taught Sunday School at the Cathedral for seven years and participated in all Cathedral youth programs. He is a founding member of the Board of the Archdiocesan Youth Choir and has taken a lead role in the Youth Choir ministry for many years, including Youth Choir performances during Patriarchal visits to the United States.

Archon Klingos is a graduate of Pace University with a BA in Finance (1983). He has more than 31 years of experience in the financial services industry with institutions including Fidelity Investments, Citibank, and The Chase Manhattan Bank.

Archon Klingos and his wife, Linda Ann, have one daughter.

Louis Koumoutsos


New Jersey

October 20, 2013

Louis Koumoutsos of the St. George Church in Ocean Township, NJ, was invested as Archon in 2013 and conferred with the offikion Kastrinsios.

Archon Koumoutsos is a major benefactor of his parish and of the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey.

Archon Koumoutsos was elevated to the important position of Director of Security for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, overseeing—among other tasks—the security for the New York area airports and the site of the St. Nicholas National Shrine, next to the 9/11 Memorial.

John Lagadinos



October 22, 2006

Archon John Lagadinos of the St. John the Baptist Church in Boston, MA, was invested as Archon in 10/22/2006 and conferred with the offikion Maestor.

Archon Lagadinos has served as President of the Parish Council and in other capacities. He regularly contributes funds for scholarships at Hellenic College-Holy Cross School of Theology. He is also a great benefactor of several monasteries on Mt. Athos, of the Canton Hellenic Nursing Home, and of the Boston Metropolis Philoxenia House.

Archon Lagadinos is the CEO of an engineering company.

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