Regional Commanders

Metropolis of Atlanta

Theodore P. Vlahos, M.D.



October 22, 2006

Dr. Theodore P. Vlachos of the Holy Trinity Parish in Clearwater, FL, was invested as Archon in 10/22/2006 and conferred with the offikion Aktouarios. He has visited the Ecumenical Patriarchate many times, and he helped coordinate the visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta.

Archon Vlachos has served as President of the Parish Council of Holy Trinity, on the Archdiocesan Council and on the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Metropolis Council.

Archon Vlachos is a specialist in orthopedics.

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.

G. Thomas Yearout, Esq.



March 08, 1998

Tommy Yearout was born March 11, 1949 in Birmingham, Alabama and is a lifelong member of Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He is a graduate of Auburn University and Vanderbilt Law School. He was invested as an Archon March 8, 1998 by His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon and conferred with the offikion Ekdikos.

Tommy has been involved in the Birmingham Cathedral and its community his entire life. He has served on the Parish Council for many years serving as President for many years and is President at the present time. He has also served as Treasurer and Vice President. As president of the PC in 1984-85 he was directly involved in the creation and establishment of the Cathedral Day Care which presently has an enrollment of approximately 100 students.

Tommy served on the Metropolis Council of Atlanta for many years and is presently an Ambassador to the Vicar; the Archon Regional Commander of Alabama, Mississippi, and the Pan Handle of Florida and the Vice Chairperson for the Strategic Plan for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta Clergy Development Program.

In 2011 His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios presented Tommy with the Wings of Archangel Michael Award.

John C. Scurtis



October 28, 2007

John Scurtis of St. Sophia Cathedral in Miami, FL, was invested as Archon in 10/28/2007 and conferred with the offikion Hartoularios.

Archon Scurtis is a licensed real estate broker in Miami.

James A. Frangis



October 20, 2019

A deeply involved and dedicated parishioner at Annunciation Cathedral Greek Orthodox Church in Atlanta since 1968 and of the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta, Georgia since 2003, Archon James A. “Jimmy” Frangis was born and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. At Annunciation Cathedral, he served as Parish Council Treasurer as well as Treasurer or the Atlanta Greek Festival. He also served on the strategic planning and fundraising committee for the $13M community center and gymnasium addition to the Cathedral campus. At Holy Transfiguration Church, he again served as Parish Council Treasurer, and as co-chair of the Building campaign fundraising committee. This ambitious $7 million building project added Sunday Schools rooms, offices for the Priests, a Board room for meetings, and a gymnasium for the youth to the existing facilities. All these projects are complete now and are being enjoyed by the parish at large. Archon Jimmy also served as GOYA Winter Youth Rally advisor and basketball coach for 10+ years. He was appointed to the Saint Photios National Shrine Board of Trustees in 2018 by his Eminence Metropolitan Alexios.

Metropolis of Boston

James Speros



March 10, 2002

Jim Speros is a member of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Weston, MA. He was invested as an Archon on March 10, 2002 and appointed as Regional Commander of the Metropolis of Boston in 2023. Jim has served the church and its ministries in numerous capacities for more than 30 years including: High School Sunday School teacher for 18 years at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, NJ and on its parish council for 13 years; a member of the first Archdiocese Communications Council founded by Fr. Alex Karloutsos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate; National Council member of the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate where he led the Archon Spirituality Committee and annual retreat for the first 7 years; a member of Leadership 100 and a fulfilled Founder of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Foundation; and last, on the Board of Trustees of Hellenic College Holy Cross. In recognition of his distinguished career and service to the church, he was awarded the Paradigm Award by the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation.

Jim retired in 2017 as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer after a 41 career leading the marketing and communications for some of the world’s most prestigious companies including: AT&T, Ernst & Young, Marsh & McLennan Companies and Fidelity Investments. He and his wife of 45+ years live in Wellesley, MA and have two daughters and two granddaughters who are the love of their life. One their favorite sayings that has inspired them throughout their lives is, “Service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy while we are here.”

Constantine Sideridis

Proto Notarios


October 18, 2015

Constantine Sideridis of the St. George Church in Lynn, MA, was invested as Archon in 2015 and conferred with the offikion Protonotarios.

Archon Sideridis has served on the parish council. He is the stewardship chairman of the parish and a fulfilled member of Leadership 100. He also supports the Boston Metropolis Summer Camp.

Archon Sideridis is a trained engineer, who owns a company that creates ceramics from inorganic nonmetallic materials, which are then used for industrial purposes.

Metropolis of Chicago

John G. Manos



March 01, 2013

John G. Manos, of St. Demetrios in Elmhurst, Illinois, was invested as an Archon in 2013 and conferred with the offikion Eutaxias by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Phanar. Archon Manos has served as an officer on the Parish Council, on the Metropolis Council and on several Metropolis committees and is a member of Leadership 100.

A graduate from the University of Illinois with a BS in Architecture, Archon Manos is President of a publicly traded Financial Institution headquartered in the Chicago, Illinois area. He and his family develop Commercial Real Estate and operate a chain retail grocery stores.

Archon Manos and his wife Elena, were married in 1986 and have 3 children.

Gus M. Pablecas



October 22, 2006

Gus M. Pablecas, (baptized as Kosmas), is National Secretary of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle. He is a Steward of St. Nectarios in Palatine, IL, was invested as Archon in 2006 and conferred with the offikion Ostiarios.

He has served the Church in a variety of positions for over 30 years, including as the Metropolis of Chicago Council’s First Vice President, six term Parish Council President; Parish Council First Vice President; Chairman of Finance, Ways and Means, Budget, Metropolis Task Force Chairman, Ad Hoc Committees, Chairman of Metropolis Clergy Laity and Real Estate Committees, member of the Archdiocesan Council and currently a member of the Metropolis of Chicago Building, Planning and Architectural Committee.

He served on the original Planning and Development Committee as a Board Member for the purchase of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the PanHellenic Foundation.

He is currently the President/CEO of a company active in real estate acquisitions and asset management. As a former FBI Special Agent, he currently serves as a Director for the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

Metropolis of Denver

Gregory G. Papadeas, D.O.



November 01, 2009

Dr. Gregory G. Papadeas of the Assumption of the Theotokos Cathedral in Denver, CO, was invested as Archon in 2009 and conferred with the offikion Aktouarios.

Archon Papadeas is a fulfilled member of Leadership 100, a member of the Archdiocesan Council since 2006, and a great benefactor of the Holy Metropolis of Denver and its ministries, including the St. George Monastery). Beginning in 2005, he has also volunteered as Medical Director of the Archdiocesan Ionian Youth Camp in Greece. In 1987 he participated in the first ever medical mission team sent by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to Kenya.

Archon Papadeas is a graduate of San Diego State University with a BS in Zoology (1983) and a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (1988). He is recognized as one of the leading dermatologists in the Denver area. He is the recipient of many awards and the author of many medical publications on dermatology. In 1983-1984, he also played professional basketball in Greece.

Archon Papadeas and his wife, Stellee, were married in 1989 and they have four children.

Christopher J. Pappas

Prostatis Ton Grammaton


October 26, 2008

Christopher J. Pappas of Annunciation Cathedral in Houston, was invested as Archon in 2008 and conferred with the offikion Prostatis Ton Grammaton. He has been very active in the ministries of the parish and a member of Leadership 100.

A graduate of the University of Texas with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Archon Pappas, is President and CEO of Luby’s, Inc., a public company which owns and operates 128 restaurants in Texas and adjoining states. Along with his brother, Harris, he also owns and operates the Pappas Seafood restaurants in the Houston area.

Archon Pappas and his wife, Maria, were married in 1979 and have five children.

Metropolis of Detroit

Lazaros A. Kircos



October 10, 2004

Mark D. Stavropoulos



March 16, 1997

Direct Archdiocesan District

Inspector John V. Kassimatis


Direct Archdiocesan District

March 09, 2003

Nikiforos Mathews, Esq.


Direct Archdiocesan District

November 01, 2009

Nikiforos Mathews, of Annunciation in Stamford, Connecticut, was invested as an Archon in 2009 by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and conferred with the offikion Ekdikos. He has served as a member and officer of the Parish Council at his parish.

Archon Mathews is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is a finance attorney and partner at the law firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in New York City. He also served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp of the U.S. Army Reserve from 1999 - 2008 and was deployed to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Metropolis of New Jersey

Cary J. Limberakis, DMD


New Jersey

October 10, 2004

Dr. Cary J. Limberakis, a steward of the St. Sophia, Saints Faith, Hope and Agape Greek Orthodox Church in Jeffersonville, PA and the St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall, PA, was invested as Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on October 10, 2004 by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and conferred with the offikion Aktouarios. He has served on the Parish Council at both parishes, and as President at St. Luke, as well as serving on the Metropolis of New Jersey Metropolitan Council. He is the Archon Regional Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Greater Philadelphia Region and has organized many symposia over the years on various Church-related topics, notably among them Reviving the Female Diaconate: Has the Time Come? He is the elder son of Father John and Presvytera Elizabeth Limberakis, both of blessed memory.

Dr. Limberakis received a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. from Villanova University, and a D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He is a general dentist who works alongside his son, Dr. Jonathan Limberakis, at their private practice, Limberakis Family Dentistry in Abington, a Philadelphia suburb. Together, they have travelled to Mount Athos to render dental care the to the monks at Vatopedi Monastery. Dr. Limberakis also serves on the Advisory Board to the Saint Phoebe Center for the Deaconess.

Throughout his dental career, Dr. Limberakis has been involved with the American Dental Association at the executive level at the local, state, and national levels. He has served as President of the Montgomery-Bucks Dental Society, the Valley Forge Dental Association and is currently the President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Dental Association. At the American Dental Association, he has served as Delegate to its House of Delegates and served on the Council of Dental Practice. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is an Attending Faculty member and instructor at the Abington Jefferson Hospital General Practice Residency.

Archon Limberakis and his wife Alexis (Demetris), who serves on the Philoptochos National Board and as Vice President of the New Jersey Metropolis Philoptochos Board, were married in 1977 and have four children and three grandchildren.

Andrew E. Manatos


New Jersey

February 24, 1991

Manatos served as a U.S. Senate committee staff director and an assistant secretary in the President Jimmy Carter Administration. He founded the Washington, D.C., public affairs company of Manatos & Manatos in 1983, of which he continues to be president. The Washington Post described the firm as "one of Washington's most powerful lobbying firms."

Working closely with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, on whose national council he serves and as a regional commander of the Order of St. Andrew, his firm created and maintains an annual meeting with each president of the United States for 27 years with the Greek-American community. Manatos managed the legislation that secured the Congressional Gold Medal for Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, secured use of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda for honoring Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios, the second time in history the Rotunda was used to honor a living person. He also orchestrated efforts producing letters to the president advocating religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, signed by 90 of the 100 senators and more than 291 members of Congress.

Manatos has testified before the U.S. Congress and has been a guest columnist for The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other national publications. Manatos co-hosts an annual Washington dinner for the THEA Foundation with former President Bill Clinton.

George A. Tsougarakis, Esq.


New Jersey

October 16, 2011

George A. Tsougarakis, of St. John the Theologian Cathedral in Tenafly, NJ, was invested as Archon in 2011 and conferred with the offikion Dikaiophylax.

Archon Tsougarakis has served as an officer on the Parish Council, on the Education Committee and chaired the Outreach Committee.

Archon Tsougarakis, a practicing attorney in New York City, has represented—on a pro bono basis—the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Orthodox Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou, in connection with various allegations.

Metropolis of Pittsburgh

Nicholas Terezis



October 18, 2015

Archon Terezis was invested as Archon on October 18, 2015 and conferred with the offikion Ekdikos. He is the founding partner of Marathon Strategic Advisors, LLC, and has acted as the company’s President and Chief Investment Officer since its inception in 1999. Archon Terezis also currently serves as Chairman of the IOCC’s Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee. He is a Trustee of Eastern Gateway Community College Foundation; and an Investment Committee Member of his parish, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Steubenville, Ohio.

Nicholas J. Tranto

Proto Ekdikos


October 31, 2020

Archon-elect Tranto led a distinguished 36 year career with the US Treasury Department of the Internal Revenue Service as a senior Tax Policy Manager in Washington DC and upon retirement founded a consulting firm specializing in domestic and international excise taxes. He has served his parish and the Metropolis for many years in various capacities and has been the president of his parish council for the past 4 years.

Metropolis of San Francisco

Isidoros Garifalakis


San Francisco

October 10, 2004

A parishioner of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, Archon Garifalakis was invested as Archon on October 10, 2004 and conferred with the offikion Depoutatos.

Archon Garifalakis is the principal owner of Omega Industries, headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, where he operates the largest main line railroad crossing supplier in the United States. His company also manufactures dredging parts and a variety of fabricated steel products at their four plants located throughout the US. He is a member of the Metropolis Council for the Metropolis of San Francisco, where he chairs the Fundraising and Development Committee. He and his family are generous supporters of their parish in Portland, of the Saint John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale, WA, and Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, CA. Archon Garifalakis currently serves as a member of the Archdiocesan Council, a position he has held for several years. He and Maria are also fulfilled members of Leadership 100.

Gerry Ranglas


San Francisco

March 10, 2002

Archon Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas are FOUNDERS of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Foundation and Dominion Donors to the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center (Dominion Donors contribute between $1 and $2 million). They stated: “We view the Saint Nicholas National Shrine as a beacon of faith, hope, and love for the Orthodox faith in America.” In addition, Archon Gerry and Jeannie are members of Leadership 100 and benefactors of the Metropolis of San Francisco. Archon Gerry is a member of the Executive Committee for Leadership 100. They are the lead donors of the Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Ancient Greek History Chair at the University of California, San Diego. Jeannie was mentioned as one of the “Extraordinary Greek People” in Archon Andrew E. Manatos’ book of that name.

Theodore Konopisos


San Francisco

October 18, 2015

Theodore D. Konopisos of the St. Paul Church in Irvine, CA, was invested as Archon in 2015 and conferred with the offikion Hieromnimon.

Archon Konopisos is a major benefactor of the Holy Metropolis of San Francisco and of his parish, where he has served extensively on the parish council.

Archon Konopisos manages real estate properties.

Paul Sogotis


San Francisco

October 26, 2008

Archon Paul P. Sogotis was invested as Archon by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, former Geron of America, and conferred upon him the Offikion Orphanotrofos on October 26, 2008.

Archon Sogotis is president of the Parish Council for the Metropolis of San Francisco’s Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He has also served on the Archdiocesan Council since 2006 and the Metropolis Council of San Francisco for several years. The Metropolis of San Francisco has sent Archon Sogotis to the Saint Photios National Shrine as its representative. Archon Sogotis president and owner of Pacific Coast Maritime Agencies, Inc. with offices located in the Ports of California, Oregon, and Washington State. He and his beloved wife Evangelia have two sons, Panayioti and Yianni. They reside in Burlingame, California.

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.