The STOTS Fall Board of Trustees Meeting was quite full, beginning with elections for the coming year. All current board leadership roles are continuing: Michael Herzak, Chair, Mitch VanDuyn, Vice Chair, Mat. Nancy Gilbert, Secretary, and David Jarrett, Treasurer.
Several presentations were made to the board as well. John Della Monica, President, and Popadija Katherine (Kitty) Vitko, Board Member, presented on the work of the Orthodox Church Capital Improvement Fund (OCCIF).
The board also welcomed Dean Harbry, a Professional Certified Coach, and Founder of Internal Innovations, LLC—an Atlanta-based executive coaching firm, established in 2003. He has worked with over 140 nonprofit boards on governance, compliance and organizational best practices. He was invited by Archpriest Steven Voytovich, seminary dean, to assist the board and seminary community to engage in further work together after the most recent reaccreditation review by the Association of Theological Schools.
Dean presented to the board on topics related to shared governance, and guided the whole seminary community through an exercise of working through several hypothetical scenarios designed to reinforce the use of seminary policies and procedures. These areas of emphasis are part of the seminary’s follow-up after the November 2016 ATS site visit.
In the afternoon the board welcomed audit firm representatives completing their audit of this past fiscal year’s financial records.