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

James Bargoot has been an active member of the Theophany school community for the past two years, since his daughter enrolled.  Watching his daughter thrive academically and socially in the school environment, James joined the Board of Trustees in May of 2014.   James is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Engineering with a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in High Technology Business Administration from the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University.  James is a dynamic leader with a 15+ year record of achievement in Business Operations, Engineering delivery and Go-to-Market.  Throughout his career, James has demonstrated success in growing emerging products and solutions.  He has worked at EMC Corporation since 2000, where he is currently the Director of Operations for the Cloud Solutions Business Unit.  In 2010, James was the recipient of the United States National Guard “Patriotic Employer Award”.

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 and Director of CrossRoad until his current assignment as Dean of Students. He serves at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West Roxbury, MA where he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP in April of 2007.

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.