Meet Our Team of Authors, Artists, & Support Staff
Pres. Nichole Boznos
Pres. Nichole was born and raised in Georgia. She studied animal science at the University of Georgia and decided to attend seminary after being laid off and wanted to deepen her understanding of her faith, learn some Greek, and study Byzantine Chant. She met her husband, Fr. Panagiotis, while they were both at the seminary and were married before they both graduated. They graduated together in 2013, moved back to Illinois and within a year experienced Father’s ordination to the diaconate and priesthood, had their first child, and received their first parish assignment at Saints Peter and Paul in Glenview, IL. They have two boys, Symeon (3.5) and Zacchaios (16 months). Pres. Nichole is currently an at-home mom, but hopes to re-enter the world of horsemanship in the near future.
Support Staff & Contributing Author
Catherine is a speech pathologist working with elementary school students in Oklahoma. She took a year off after graduating with her bachelor’s degree to attend HC/HC to study Byzantine Chant. Catherine met her future husband, Nick Calibey, at HC/HC while working on her master’s degree towards speech pathology. After they both graduated, they were married in Connecticut before moving to Oklahoma. They have a one year-old daughter, Melania. (She is also Jennifer Hock’s sister!)
Deacon Thom Crowe
Deacon Thom lives with his wife and daughter in Tulsa where they are active in their parish and the local handmade movement. Deacon Thom joined the Holy Orthodox Church during his time at Oral Roberts University and has continued his studies in Orthodox theology, obtaining a master’s degree and loves to share the beauty of the faith with everyone he can as he continues to strive for Christ.
Founder of Illumination Learning, Contributing Author, & Photography
My husband and I currently live in Missouri with our five sons. We have a daughter who recently got married and is about to finish up her degree from the University of Cincinnati. I have taught in public elementary schools, several church schools, and have homeschooled all of my kids for the past 14 years. My dad, Fr. Bill Christ, is a priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. I have learned much of what I know today about my faith from my parents as I was growing up. I strive to continue learning and growing closer to God with each new day.
Problem Solver, Proof Reader, Support, & Occasional Author
Les is an airline pilot and is currently the Manager of Training at his airline. He is married to Jennifer Hock and dad to six wonderful children.
She is currently studying Product Design at the University of Cincinnati and recently got married to Zachary Nicholas. Nikolia is also the oldest child of Jennifer Hock.
He is currently pursuing a degree in Graphic Communication at the University of Cincinnati and recently married Nikolia Nicholas.
She contributed the Worship, Praxis, and Teaching graphics for the Orthodox Curriculum Project.
Mandy lives with her husband and five children in Springtown, TX. She and her family converted to the Orthodox faith in 2009, and attend services at St. Arsenius Hermitage in Decatur, TX, and St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Worth, TX. She is a full-time homemaker and homeschooling mama. She writes occasionally about family life on her blog, A Chime of Hearts.