Board of Trustees
Richard Robbat is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and has worked in public education as a teacher, curriculum director, (Interim) Assistant Superintendent of Schools, and Superintendent of Schools. He was responsible for the initiation of processes for and implementation of PreK-12 curriculum initiatives and staff development. As Superintendent of Schools, he was involved with two school building projects. Richard has held leadership positions in parish and in diocese organizations, and continues to be active in both. He is married to Violet, and they have two children. Richard can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Father Benjamin Kjendal is a graduate of The University of New Hampshire and Concordia Seminary. His professional experience began in firmware engineering for companies providing patented and differentiated wired and wireless network infrastructures. He is currently the parish priest at Saint Michael the Archangel Mission Parish in Cotuit as well as a Partner at Thrivent Financial. He and his wife, Alyssa, are expecting their 9th child.
James Kostaras has been an active member of the Theophany school community since its very beginning. James is an architect and urban planner with the Institute for International Urban Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA) with global and US-based experience. He has advised on projects in Haiti, Bolivia, Columbia, Belize, Mexico, Chile and Morocco, funded by UN-HABITAT, the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other organizations. Mr. Kostaras received his B.Arch. from RISD and his master of architecture in urban design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. From 1979 -1981, he served as an architect in the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco.
Nicholas Kourtis and his wife Jane have been devoted supporters of Theophany School from the start. Nick was on Theophany School’s founding team at its very first meeting in 1996. Their two children are graduates of Theophany School; their older daughter was a student in the first Theophany School class. Nick is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Univ. of Mass-Amherst, and Harvard Law School. Nick began his career practicing corporate law in Boston and then became a principal and senior executive in a series of early stage technology companies. Most recently, Nick was the Chief Operating Officer of TwinStrata, a cloud storage software company, until its sale to EMC Corporation in 2014 where he is currently a Director of Business Operations. Nick is a parishioner at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Weston, MA where he serves on the Parish Council. Nick is also a member of the Metropolis Council of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, and the Alpha Omega Council.
Jamil Samara is a long-time friend and supporter of Theophany School. Jamil has been involved in various ministry organizations within the Orthodox Church, working in the leadership of SOYO, the Department of Campus Ministry, and the Fellowship of St. John the Divine within the Antiochian Archdiocese. In addition, he has been involved in youth ministry for many years, having worked at the Antiochian Village summer camp, with local youth groups, and at various retreats and conferences. Since January 2002, Jamil has worked for the Department of Internet Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and currently serves as the Director of that Department. He is an active member at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Cambridge, MA.
Fr. Nicholas Belcher is the husband of the school’s late founder, Sonia Daly Belcher. Fr. Nicholas serves as the Dean of Students at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He received his B.A. in History and B.S. in Education from the Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in 1997 and his M.Div. from Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in 2005. After graduating from the Citadel, Fr. Nicholas taught World History and A.P. Government at the Altoona Area High School. During his summers, he served as a counselor, Head Counselor, and Program Director at the Antiochian Village summer camp in Ligonier, PA. Upon graduation from seminary, Fr. Nicholas worked as the Assistant Director of the Office of Vocation & Ministry, Director of CrossRoad, and Dean of Students. He currently serves as Assistant to the Metropolitan for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
Mrs. Erin Kimmett is a graduate of Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in graphic design. Erin worked for ten years as Director of Publications at WSU. She has designed and produced curriculum materials for the Orthodox Christian Education Commission as well as the Antiochian Archdiocese. A trained Byzantine iconographer, Erin writes icons for Orthodox churches across the country, and owns and manages the Annunciation Press. She is married to V. Rev. Joseph Kimmett, pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Norwood, MA. She is the mother of Theophany alums, Nicholas and Zachary.
Mrs. Amalia Sgourakes Machado is a graduate of Smith College and is the Assistant Director of Administration at Harvard University’s School of Dental Medicine. In addition to being a committed Board member of Theophany School and current chair, she is active at her home parish of St. Demetrios Church in Weston where she serves on the Philoptochos Board. She also volunteers at the Boston Animal Rescue League.