Executive Director

Kimberly A. Sipperly, Ph.D.

Dr. Sipperly 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. Sipperly 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.

Advisory Board

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Archpriest John Kreta serves as the Chancellor of the Diocese of New England (OCA) and is rector at All Saints of America Orthodox Church in Salisbury, CT.  He received a BA from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks with an emphasis in television production.  After college, he went into commercial fishing in Kodiak, Alaska.  He was captain of a salmon tender and worked in the profession for eleven years.  He studied at St. Herman Seminary in Kodiak for a year, then transferred to St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary in New York.  He was ordained to the holy priesthood in 1994.  He served as a director for two inpatient substance abuse facilities for 32 years, helping people overcome addiction and substance abuse challenges.  Fr. John and his wife, Matushka Evelyn, have three children (Joseph, Julianna, and Matthew) and one grandchild (Anya).

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.

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.

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.

Timothy 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Father Njegoš’ bio will be updated shortly.

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 St. James Orthodox mission in Beaufort, SC where she is a member of the church choir and a reader.


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.

Rev. 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.

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.

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