Metropolis Council & Junior Board
The Metropolis Council is the advisory and consultative body to the Metropolitan on issues concerning the life and growth of the Metropolis, its ministries, institutions and financial condition. The Council is comprised of the Metropolitan, the Chancellor, eight (8) Clergy of the Metropolis and eight (8) Laity elected by the Metropolis Clergy-Laity Assembly, and eight (8) appointees by the Metropolitan.
His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael
Metropolitan of Chicago
His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago is the second metropolitan to preside over the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, consisting of 58 parishes and two monastic communities in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as well as northern Indiana and southeastern Missouri. He was unanimously elected Metropolitan of Chicago, succeeding His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of blessed memory, by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on February 7, 2018. He was later ordained a Bishop in the Holy Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New York, on March 17, and was enthroned as Metropolitan of Chicago in the Holy Cathedral of the Annunciation of Chicago on March 24.
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Very Reverend Father Timothy Bakakos
The Very Rev. Fr. Timothy G. Bakakos, son of the late Demosthenes and late Antonia Bakakos, was born in Chicago, Illinoisin October of 1952, and is the second of four sons. Father Timothy, along with his siblings, was raised and spent his childhood and teen years at the Assumption Church of Chicago, where he attended the Sunday Church School and Greek School programs, as well as serving as an altar boy, and was a member of the Cub and Boy Scout programs of the Parish. Father Timothy is a product of the Chicago Public School System, where he attended Lane Technical High School for three years before moving with his family to Park Ridge, finally completing high school at Maine Township High School South.
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First Vice President
Pam Argyris serves as the 1st Vice President of the Metropolis Council. She is a retired educator with almost 30 years of classroom experience and has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership/Curriculum & Instruction. She is also the immediate past president of the Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Board and a National Philoptochos Board member. Pam is a steward of St. Sophia Church in Elgin, Illinois where she has been an active participant in many of the church’s ministries, including Philoptochos and as a co-director of the choir.
Nick T. Boosalis
Second Vice President
Nick T. Boosalis serves as a member of the Metropolis Council. He is a serial entrepreneur, has been involved in the real estate for the past 40 years. His experience includes real estate development, property management, real estate marketing. He owns and operates self-serve car washes and is actively developing a product called PooPrints, a DNA solution to ensure dog owners pick up their dog’s waste. Nick has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. He is married and has a daughter and son. Nick and his family are lifelong members of St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Nick and his wife Katherine are both past presidents of St. Mary’s.
John Sotos is Treasurer of the Metropolis Council. John is the Founder and Managing Director of John G. Sotos & Associates, LLC, a Certified Public Accounting Firm based in Schaumburg, Illinois. John has been practicing in Public Accounting since 1983 and his firm provides traditional tax, audit and accounting services to individuals and small/middle market family businesses. John is a graduate of Depaul University, an Illinois licensed CPA, a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Illinois CPA Society. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Itasca Bank & Trust a community bank in Itasca, Illinois.
John also serves on the Parish Council of St Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church in Palatine, Illinois. John and his wife, Antonia, have three sons and are stewards of St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church in Palatine.
Gus Kolyvas is Assistant Treasurer and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Metropolis Council. He recently retired as Director of Financial and Corporate Reporting from Kemper Corporation after 29 years. He has been a dedicated steward and has served on the parish council of St.Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Palos Heights, IL for over 30 years and as Treasurer or assistant Treasurer for most of that time. He has a Master's of accounting degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Anne Marie Adams
Anne Marie Adams is Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative and Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Metropolis Council. She is the Assistant Director of Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Communication (MSC) program and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Communication where she designs and develops the program’s curriculum, teaches graduate level courses, and leads the programs academic and financial operations. Anne Marie is on the steering committee of Lighthouse Summer Camp and will be one of the camp’s speakers in 2020. She is a steward of Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church and Vice President of their Parish Council. She holds a BS in Speech Communication from University of Illinois, a MS in Communication from Northwestern University, and will earn her PhD in Curriculum Studies from DePaul University in 2020. Anne Marie lives in Northbrook with her husband Evan and three children.
Fr. Tilemahos Alikakos
Fr. Tilemahos Alikakos serves as the parish priest of Saint Spyridon in Palos Heights, IL. He has also served as a missionary at the Orthodox Metropolis of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, as the associate pastor of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, and as the parish priest of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Sioux City, Iowa. Fr. Tilemahos graduated Loyola University Chicago majoring in Mathematics and Statistics before earning his Master of Divinity at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Along with his parish ministry, Fr. Tilemahos has served as the OCF advisor at the University of Chicago, as the advisor to the Midwest Hellenic Dance Festival and as a member of the Greek Education Committee. Fr. Tilemahos lives in Orland Park with Presvytera Georgia and their four children, Konstantine, Demetra, Marina, and Katerina.
Harold V. Anagnos
Harold V. Anagnos is serving as chair of Development and member of the Strategic Plan Committees. He is an Archon of the Patriarchate and fulfilled member of Leadership 100. He is a founder, past President, Vice-president and Treasurer of Ascension Orthodox Church in Lincolnshire IL. Has also served at the Parish Council of St. John in Des Plaines IL. He is a graduate and faculty of Northwestern University with Bachelor, MBA and EMBA degrees. Has taught non-profit leadership and entrepreneurship at undergraduate level. Has is recognized as an expert and entrepreneur in the global field of opto-electronics. Products like LEDs, Lasers and LCDs were designed, produced and marketed by Lumex Opto-Components Inc. the Palatine based organization that was founded and operated by Mr. Anagnos.
Fr. Stephen Bithos
Fr. Stephen Bithos has served in the Metropolis of Chicago as a parish priest since 1983. For the past 28 years he has been the priest at All Saints Church in Joliet, Illinois. At All Saints he was instrumental in raising the funds to completely transform the interior of the church from its non traditional art to the present Byzantine iconography that graces the interior walls of the church. Fr. Stephen has served on the Metropolis Council since 2018. He also has consistently been a member of the Fanari Camp Steering committee throughout his years of ministry. He is presently the Clergy Syndesmos interim president. He has been married for the past 37 years to Presvytera Pearlann and has two daughters Angie and Katie (John) and one granddaughter Cecilia.
Dr. George K. Bovis
George Bovis was recently elected to the Metropolis Council of Chicago after serving as Vice President of the Parish Council at St John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church and steward at St Nectarios and Saints Kosmas and Damianos Greek Orthodox Churches. He is a board certified neurosurgeon practicing in Chicago for the last 20 years. He completed his college and medical school education at Northwestern University, his neurosurgery training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and his fellowship training in cerebrovascular and skull base at the Mayfield Clinic in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr Bovis presently serves as the Vice Chairman of Neurosurgery at AMITA Health, the Medical Director of the Illinois Gamma Knife Center, and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical School. Dr Bovis also sits on the Board of the National Hellenic Museum and serves as a medical advisor at the Greek American Rehabilitation and Nursing Centre. He lives with his wife, Raffaella, in Northbrook.
Efrosine (Lori) Kotsonis Chiampas is serving her second term on the Metropolis Council. She has served on the Metropolis Council Executive, Develpoment and Communications Committees and is currently a member Development and Philanthropy Committees as well as the Women Leadership Initiative Ad Hoc Committee. Lori has her Doctorate degree in Pharmacy and is Clinical Pharmacist who has worked at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for the last twenty years. She has held several leadership roles at the hospital including, Director of Pharmacy Operations, Hematology/Oncology Manager, and for the last twelve years has served as Medication Safety Officer where she has been integral in implementation of Computerized Physician Order Entry, Smart Pump Implementation and numerous other safety initiatives. Lori’s expertise is Safety and Quality, and specifically Medication Safety, and she is a contributor in McGraw Hill’s 2015 edition of Pediatric Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. She is a member of the American Pharmacist Hospital Association and Hellenic American Leadership Council. Lori attended Loyola University of Chicago for her undergraduate studies, and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy as well as her Doctorate in Pharmacy from Midwestern University – Chicago. Lori is married to Dr. George Chiampas, has two children, Katia (17) and Athan (14) and currently resides in Wilmette, Illinois. Lori grew up at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois where she and her family continue to be stewards and active parishioners.
Mark Dinos was elected to the Metropolis Council at the Clergy-Laity Conference in September 2019. He is a member of the Communications Committee. He is a founding attorney of the Klauke Law Group and has more than 15 years experience as a workers' compensation attorney in the state of Illinois. He has been an active parishioner at the parish of Sts. Constantine and Helen Church in Palos Hills, IL.Mark received his Bachelor's Degree from Benedictine University and his Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School. He has been happily married since 2007.
Perry Giannopoulos is a member of the Metropolis Council and serves on its Information Technology Committee. He is the Vice President and Director of Technology for Diversified Financial Management Corp. His responsibilities include managing the organization's information systems and streamlining critical business processes. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business. He is a Steward of the Holy Taxiarhai & Saint Haralambos Parish and has served on the Parish Council for over ten years, during which he served as Treasurer and Parish Council President. In addition, Mr. Giannopoulos is the chairman of the Phase III Building Committee and chaired the Food Festival committee. Perry lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois, along with his wife and children.
Fr. Chrysanthos Kerkeres
Fr. Chrysanthos Kerkeres is the parish priest of Saint George Greek Orthodox church in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, and has served in that capacity since February 1, 2014. In addition to his parish responsibilities, Fr. Chrysanthos serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Fanari Camp. He is the spiritual advisor to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship program of DePaul University, the spiritual advisor to the Hellenic American Veterans of the Metropolis of Chicago, the spiritual advisor to the Hellenic American Police Association, and a Chaplain for both the Chicago and Park Ridge Police Departments. Fr. Chrysanthos also sits on the Metropolis of Chicago Spiritual Court, serves as the Vice President of the Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Alumni Association, as the Vice President of the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Chicago, serves on the Metropolis of Chicago Greek Education Committee, and is the Coordinator of the Archons of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. Fr. Chrysanthos is married to Vasiliki Kerkeres and they live in Park Ridge, Illinois.
Dean Kutrumanes is a Member of the Real Estate Committee of the Metropolis Council. He is Founder, Owner, Principal, and CEO of GNP Realty Partners, a Chicago-based full-service real estate firm comprised of entities that provide property management, janitorial/maintenance, and security services as well as development, construction management, and general contracting services. Mr. Kutrumanes has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of real estate management, including development projects, institutional properties, and distressed and REO properties. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Magnificent Mile Association and the Board of Trustees of St. Patrick High School in Chicago; he is also philanthropically involved with the Thyroid, Head and Neck Cancer (THANC) Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business & Hotel Management from Holiday Inn University and an associate’s degree in Business Management from Triton College. Mr. Kutrumanes and his wife, Vasi, have three daughters – Georgiana, Patricia, and Natalie.
James G. Lakerdas
James Lakerdas is a member of the Metropolis Council. He is a partner at the Law Firm of Chadwick & Lakerdas in Hyde Park. He serves as a Director on the Pan lkarian Foundation, a not for profit group that offers assistance to Greece and the Island of lkaria. He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Hellenic Invitational Basketball Tournament (NHIBT), the oldest Greek only Basketball Tournament in the US. He is a steward of the Assumption Church, Chicago, Illinois, having served as its Parish Council President. He has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology/Philosophy from Duquesne University. He also received a Master's Degree from Southern Illinois University, and a Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School.
Fr. Sotirios Malamis
Fr. Sotirios Malamis has been the Proistamenos at the Ascension of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church in Lincolnshire, IL since September 1, 2014. In that capacity, he provided leadership and spiritual guidance during a $9 million, 21-month construction project culminating in the opening of a new church and community center on June 5, 2019. Concurrently, he has been teaching Byzantine Music area students for several years. He attended DePaul University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Fr. Sotirios then graduated with distinction in 2001 from Holy Cross School of Theology with a Master of Divinity. He continued his theological studies at the University of Athens in the field of Pastoral Theology and Religious Education. Along with serving on the Metropolis Council, he is currently serving on the Archdiocesan Council as well. Fr. Sotirios and Presvytera Stefanie have three children, Maria, Nikolas, and Aimilianos.
John Mercuris is serving a second term as a member of the Metropolis Council. He currently is the Chair of the Metropolis' Building Projects and Architectural Committee and a member of the Development Committee. He resides in Iowa, is a member of St. George in Des Moines, and has served on the Parish Council for 13 years, including as the Chair for the Offices of Preservation and Building for major expansion and renovations.
John is Founder of a non-profit Iowa Energy Foundation, has three advanced degrees from three Universities, and has designed, built and leased 118 shopping malls throughout America.
Rachael G. Pontikes
Rachael G. Pontikes serves as a member of the Metropolis Council. Rachael is a partner at Reed Smith LLP representing compounding pharmacies, hospital systems, and other health care companies in disputes with various federal and state government agencies in administrative hearings and in court. Rachael also serves as health care regulatory counsel, as well as leading the health care aspects of corporate transactions. Rachael received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A. in Philosophy and Italian Studies from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Rachael is married to Bob Keenan, and they have a seven year old daughter (Zoe Nora). Rachael her family are stewards of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Chicago, Illinois.
Rev. Dr. Ciprian Sas
Rev. Dr. Ciprian Sas has been a priest for 17 years and has been serving Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, WI since September 2019. In addition to his theology degree, Fr. Ciprian holds a Masters in International Business and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. He has served on the Metropolis Council and numerous Metropolis committees. Prior to his ordination, he gathered extensive experience in academia – instruction, assessment, administration, research & publications. Fr. Ciprian lived in 4 different countries (Romania, Sweden, Canada and the US) and studied 5 different languages. He and Pre. Dr. Magdalena Sas have 3 children: Elijah, Emma & Isaiah.
Fr. Timothy Sas
Fr. Timothy A. Sas is parish priest of Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church of Duluth, Minnesota where he resides with his family. Additionally, he serves as Vicar to Metropolitan Nathanael for the Greek Orthodox Churches of Minnesota and as member of the Metropolis Council. Fr. Timothy completed his theological degree at St. Andrew’s Seminary in Winnipeg, Canada, in addition to undergraduate studies at the University of Manitoba and a master’s degree at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Fr. Timothy also works as organizational development consultant for churches and small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations.
Yanni Sianis is the Chief of Staff of Calamos Investments, a diversified global investment firm, which he joined in 2010. Yanni earned a B.A. from Boston University, an M.A. in Industrial Psychology from National Louis University and an AMP from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Yanni serves on the Metropolitan Council, is a Board Director of the American Hellenic Institute, a Distinguished Advisor of the National Hellenic Museum and a member of Leadership 100. Yanni currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Archdeacon Vasilios Smith
Fr. Vasilios Smith is the Archdeacon of the Metropolis of Chicago and is serving his second term on the Metropolis Council. In addition to assisting His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago liturgically and on special projects, he serves as the liaison between the Metropolis of Chicago and the Diaconate Program offered by Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA. Fr. Vasilios has been a deacon for 23 years and has a lay profession as a Chemical Engineer with Eastman Chemical Company, a global plastics and specialty chemical company. He and his wife Argie have four daughters and five grandchildren and are longtime residents of Aurora, Illinois.
Fr. Dimitri Tobias
Fr. Dimitri Tobias is a Member of the IT/Operations Committee of the Metropolis Council. He is a priest of the Metropolis of Chicago for 7 years, serving the community of SS. Peter & Paul in Glenview, IL as an Associate Pastor; and the communities Holy Trinity in Sioux City, IA; and St. Basil in Chicago, IL as a Proistamenos. Prior to this, he has served in the Department of Internet Ministries for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Department of Registry for the Metropolis of Chicago, and the Pastoral Lay Assistant of St. Nectarios in Palatine, IL. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies from Hellenic College and a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
Chris Varones is Chair of the Communications Committee and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Metropolis Council. He is Founder and Principal of Aesop Communications Group, a communications consulting firm, and has more than 20 years of experience in reputation management, media relations, public affairs and issues and crisis communications. He also is a Board Member of HFS Chicago Scholars, a nonprofit supporting economically under-served high school students and is a steward of St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a Graduate Student-at-Large at the University of Chicago. He lives in Chicago.
Georgia Loukas Demeros, Esq.
Georgia Loukas Demeros is Chair of the Legal Committee and a legal advisor to the Metropolis Council. She is a partner at the law firm of Thompson Coburn LLP. Georgia advises multigenerational families on wealth transfer and business succession planning and serves as personal general counsel to closely held businesses, business leaders and other individuals. She is the First Vice-President of the Hellenic Bar Association, a founding member of Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) and serves as a board member for other nonprofit organizations. Georgia holds a BBA in Accounting from Loyola University of Chicago, a JD and LLM in Taxation from Chicago-Kent College of Law and is a certified public accountant. Georgia and her family are stewards at Holy Taxiarhai and Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church and St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.
Joan Tolios Berg, Esq.
Joan Tolios Berg is a partner with Schoenberg Finkel Newman & Rosenberg LLC, where she is the Transaction Department Chair. Her practice is focused upon commercial real estate, lending and corporate matters. She and her family are stewards of Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Westchester, Illinois, where she remains active with the choir. Joan is a member of the peer-reviewed network, Leading Lawyers, and is actively involved with the boards of directors of other philanthropic organizations.
Harry J. Secaras, Esq.
Harry J. Secaras serves as legal counsel to the Metropolis and the Metropolis Council. He is a Shareholder of the law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. concentrating in traditional labor and employment law. Mr. Secaras has more than 30 years’ experience advising, counseling and representing employers in collective bargaining, arbitration and personnel matters and in claims brought before federal and state agencies and in federal and state courts. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer for more than 10 years. He is a Past President of the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois and has served on the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Bar Association Foundation. He has served on the Parish Councils of the Three Hierarchs Church in Champaign, Illinois and the St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church is Palatine, Illinois. He holds BA, MBA and JD degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where he was a founding member of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Fellowship. He, his wife Maria, and their three children reside in Wilmette, Illinois and are stewards of St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago.
Metropolis Junior Board
Formed in June 2019, the Metropolis of Chicago Junior board is composed of 24 young adult leaders from throughout the Metropolis. Originally conceived by His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael, the Board’s primary charge is to recommend, develop, and implement policies and programs to encourage greater participation among young adults in the life of the Church, including among lapsed or unengaged Orthodox Christians.
Beyond advising His Eminence, the Junior Board also interacts with the Metropolis Council to help shape Metropolis policy and programs to meet the needs and concerns of youth and young adults.