Our School Board

Mrs. Christine Otto

A Texas native, Christine Otto earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Arizona and a Masters degree from UTexas before deciding that her heart really belonged in education. Since then, for the last twenty years, Christine has served as a classroom teacher, building administrator, and is now, a district level administrator for a local Portland district.

Christine believes that having Agia Sophia Academy, a school that encourages and nourishes Orthodox spirituality, is a true blessing for Orthodox families in the Portland area. Growing up Orthodox, her family’s only education option was the local Catholic school. She wishes that there had been an ASA for her and her family, which is why she is committed to supporting our school.

When not working Christine and her husband, Jerry love to travel, spend time with their cat and do, and occasionally run half marathons.  Christine attends Holy Trinity GOC in Portland..

Mr. Scott Taylor

Scott (Elias) has been part of the Agia Sophia Academy Board & the Greek Open Golf Tournament Committee for many years.

Mrs. Constanta Gilmore

Constanta is the mother of two ASA students. When asked what she loves most about ASA, Constanta said, “We love that ASA has offered a great environment for our children to grow and be challenged in academics, art, languages, PE, empathy, and faith. We truly appreciate how their teachers are strong but nurturing and keep in contact with us.” When asked what she hopes to bring to the Board, Constanta offered, “With a background in software engineering and architecture, I hope to bring to the Board a different look on time management, problem-solving, and more ways to grow the school. I also believe I can bring a tireless attitude for our school’s success. Like other parents at our school who grew up outside the U.S., I understand and will continue to stress how important a solid and well-rounded education is for our kids.”

Mr. Norman Goldman

Norm has been a big supporter of Agia Sophia Academy since the beginning through his yearly sponsorship of our Greek Open Golf Tournament and is one of the founding members of our St. Basil Society monthly donor program.

Mrs. Nikole Hartman

Nikole Hartman grew up in Seattle, Washington where she attended St. Paul’s Orthodox Church in Brier. In 2007, she moved to Portland to attend the University of Portland and  began going to The Church of the Annunciation. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Elementary & Middle School Education, Nikki married Herman, a commercial fisherman from Alaska and began teaching at-risk adolescents in Forest Grove (adding her high school licensure to her credentials). Later she attending Portland State University and recieved her Masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction. The birth of her two children have each made life all the sweeter, and Nikki is excited to bring her education, curriculum, and classroom knowledge to the ASA board and help ASA pursues a strategic plan for its future.

Fr. Matthew Swehla

Fr. Matthew is the proistamenos of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church (as of June 2017). Originally from Northern California, he is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary, and has joined us after spending four years at another St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fr. Matthew is married to Presvytera Annie and they have six children. Three of their sons currently attend ASA.

A big thank you to all our Board members who continue to volunteer their time to help grow & support our Pan-Orthodox school community!