Kimberly Kennedy, Ph.D.
Dr. Kennedy is an award-winning educator and researcher. She began her teaching vocation at the middle school level before teaching for 16 years in higher education, including undergraduate and graduate-level classes at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Saint Louis University. Dr. Kennedy earned her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in communication with a collateral area in human development and family studies. She has extensive experience in curriculum development and as an administrator. Her volunteer work included serving as an officer in the New Hampshire Right to Life organization.
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Archpriest Eric George Tosi is the rector of St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY and the Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in Crestwood, NY. He is also the chairman of the Commission on Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. He is the former Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America. He has served parishes in Montana, Nevada, and New Jersey. He served as an Officer in the US Army. He was the former Chair of the Department of Evangelization of the OCA. He has a BA in Economics and History from Fordham University, an MA in European History from Fordham University, an MDiv from St. Vladimir’s Seminary and Doctor of Ministry from the University of Toronto (Trinity). Father Eric is married and has two adult children.
Mr. Dench is a retired attorney. He served as Chairman of the Board at Skelton, Taintor, & Abbott in Portland, ME. He was ordained a Deacon in the Anglican Church in America, Diocese of the Northeast in 2021. He has counseled school boards and other government and quasi-governmental entities. He has defended schools in litigation and represented them successfully. He is recognized as a leading authority in legal ethics. He grew up in Westfield, MA and received his A.B. from Harvard University. His law degree is from the University of Maine School of Law. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and he is a soccer and ice hockey coach. He and his wife live in Maine.
The Very Rev. Vladimir Aleandro is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America. From 1995 to 2020, he served as rector of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Southbury, Connecticut. His many years of ministry included teaching at an elementary school for four years and serving for 28 years as a guidance counselor at a high school in Connecticut. Father Vladimir lives with his wife, Suzanne, on a small farm in Connecticut. They have two children and five grandchildren. He continues to serve the Orthodox Christian community in many ways, including as an instructor at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York.
Sara Belk is Arts Department Chair, Theatre Arts Director and a member of the English Faculty at Boston Trinity Academy. She has taught various classes in theatre, literature and philosophy at the elementary, secondary and college levels throughout the past 30 years. She attended two different boarding schools during high school, and she taught in a boarding school for ten years. She holds degrees in philosophy and theatre from the University of Montana and Emerson College. Currently she lives in Boston with her husband and four children.
Mr. Belk is Assistant Headmaster and Academic Dean at Boston Trinity Academy located in Boston, MA. He has worked at the secondary level for 25 years in various roles and all within faith-based institutions. This includes 10 years of boarding school experience. His focus has been on developing courses and pedagogical strategies that integrate faith within a rigorous academic curriculum. A native of the UK, he earned both his degrees at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He is married with 4 children.
Ms. Cole is an Orthodox Christian wife, mother, and educator. She and her husband are raising four children in Connecticut, and she is an experienced teacher and homeschooling expert. Ms. Cole offers an insider’s understanding of the pros and cons of homeschooling in the U.S. She and her family are beloved members of the Christ the Savior Church community in Southbury, Connecticut.
Mrs. Dench, a successful businesswoman, is an active member of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church in Portland and serves on the Board of the Maine Policy Institute, the President’s Council of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and works with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Northeastern University and holds dual citizenship in the US and the UK. She lives on the coast of Maine with her husband, Bryan, with whom she shares five children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Galanes is a retired professor of communication. She and her family split their time between Springfield, Missouri, and Crete. Throughout her accomplished career, she was a faculty member and well-known scholar at Missouri State University. She served in many leadership roles, including as dean of the College of Arts and Letters, department chair of communication and mass media studies, founding director of citizenship and service learning, and provost fellow for public affairs. Dr. Galanes received many awards for her teaching, research, and service. Now retired, she stays actively involved in her community, serving on the Springfield Regional Arts Council, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and the Mayor’s Commission for Children.
Stephanie Guerra has been teaching in the College of Education at Seattle University since 2006. She specializes in literacy education and writing across the curriculum. She is the winner of the 2015 Bonnie Campbell Hill Washington State Literacy Leader Award for her work as a teacher leader and the 2014 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award for her writing on literary experiences for teens. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.
Father Constantine holds a PhD in Classics from Johns Hopkins University. He received his Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and was ordained a priest in 1993. He is currently the Proistamenos of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Concord, New Hampshire. Previously, Father Constantine taught at Hellenic College, the University of Hawaii, Southern New Hampshire University, and the University of New Hampshire. He and his wife, Anna, have four children and two grandchildren.
Father Steven received a PhD in mammalian physiology from the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology at Purdue University. After graduate school, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri to take a position as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine. He completed a Master of Divinity degree at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 2000. He taught biology courses at various colleges and universities, including when working as a visiting assistant professor at the College of Mt. St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY and as an associate professor of biology at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. He has numerous publications in both scientific and theological journals. He now serves as the full-time priest of All Saints of North America Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, a mission parish started in 2003. He and his wife, Sheryl, have a daughter and live in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mrs. Ringa is a financial expert. She has an accounting degree from the University of Scranton. She worked in public accounting in NYC for many years. She served as Chief Financial Officer for a company in CT for 20 years and for Saint Vladimir’s Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY until 2022. She is a beloved member of the Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Southbury, CT where she is part of the church choir.
Father Sergius is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America. He is an assistant professor of homiletics at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. He is also a teacher, scholar, accomplished liturgical musician, and an expert in Christian education and distance learning. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children.
Mr. Lopez is a high school educator and STEM expert. He has 30 years of experience teaching at the university and secondary levels. A physics and mathematics teacher, Mr. Lopez designs and facilitates teacher and administrator professional development programs and is an expert in alternative forms of assessment to improve evaluation of students’ learning. Mr. Lopez has extensive experience training faculty on how to design and use integrated curriculum. He lives in New Jersey with his daughter and extended family.
Dr. Nicholas Newman was born in Switzerland. He speaks Swiss German and High German and has various levels of reading knowledge of Latin, Greek, Medieval German, Sanskrit, French, Italian, and Coptic. Dr. Newman earned his PhD from the University of Zurich in Ancient Greek Literature. He is a prolific writer with numerous articles and three published books. He has extensive experience in curriculum development and as an administrator at both the college and high school levels. He lives in Ohio with his wife, Casey, and their three children.
Presbytera Newman is a senior lecturer in Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Her specialties include teaching Latin and Italian, ancient women studies, Roman daily life, ancient slavery, and Golden Age Latin poetry. She hails from Switzerland, where she received her degree at the University of Zurich. Presbytera Newman and her husband, Rev. Fr. Constantine Newman, have four children and two grandchildren.
Mr. Perković received his master’s degree from Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York. He is part of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Midwest Diocese. He completed seminary high school at St. Peter Dabar and Bosnia in Foca (BiH). He received his bachelor’s degree at St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois, and aspires to enter the Holy Priesthood.
Board of Directors
Saint Alexander Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Academy is fortunate to have talented, dedicated individuals who serve on our Board of Directors. The current Board of Directors will transition into a Board of Trustees before the school opens.