Volume 4: Number 5 Authors and Contributors

Khouria Amy Toconita Hodge, a Twin Cities native, grew up at St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Church in St. Paul, MN. She has a BA in English from Hamline University. She works as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She lives with her husband, V. Rev. Fr. Paul Hodge (Antiochian Archdiocese), and their two children. Follow her latest news and writings at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/amyhodge/mystory .

Ms. Julie Ann Miller lives with her husband, daughter(age 11)  and son (age 9) in St. Anthony, Minnesota. They are members of St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral in Minneapolis.  Julie Ann took a leave from her work as an educator 11 years ago to be involved in her children’s lives.  She volunteers at the elementary school and is the Church School Coordinator at St. Mary’s.

Mr. Alex Langley is a native of California.  He earned his BA in Linguistics and Computer Science at UCLA in 1993, and earns a decent wage leading a software quality assurance team.  He moved his family to Minnesota in 2005, and they are members of St. Mary’s OCA Cathedral in Minneapolis.  Alex is a husband of one, father of two, a convert to Orthodoxy and a tonsured reader.  His family enjoys working with FOCUS MN whenever possible.

Matushka Vera S Proctor was appointed director of the Twin Cities center of FOCUS – North America in 2010. Her educational and professional background is in communications, broadcasting and marketing and has worked in the fields of advertising, television, arts management and public broadcasting. Matushka Vera grew up in Chicago in the Serbian Orthodox community, and attended the University of Illinois, the Sorbonne in Paris France, and St. Vladimir’s Seminary with an emphasis in Liturgical Music from 1985-1988. She is married to Fr. Jonathan Proctor and they serve a parish, Holy Trinity (OCA), which is located on the east side of St. Paul, MN. They are the parents of two children, Marika and Leo, and have been part of the Orthodox community in the Twin Cities for 23 years.