Board of Directors

John R. Della Monica Jr.

President

John is a licensed architect and has practiced in the State of California for 28 years. As a 25 year member of the Mission Board of the Diocese of the West, Orthodox Church in America, John traveled extensively throughout the ten Western United States, serving developing missions, established parishes and monastic communities. Funding sources to support the Church’s expansion was a constant problem for all groups.

It was out of this living experience, the need, formulation and realization of OCCIF occurred. While it took years and many talented hands to develop from concept what OCCIF would finally become, it received its qualified, nonprofit status from both federal and state agencies. As President, John’s focus remains in the areas of program awareness, partnership development for support and the on-going efforts of the Board Directors, furthering the capacity of its service to the Church. John has shared his life with his wife, Cindy, their three adult children and now is blessed with grandchildren.

Outside of OCCIF, John is currently serving as President of DBA, a local business association, a development group member for children’s science museums and architect to his own parish.

Rev. Fr. Martin D. (Marty) Watt

Chief Financial Officer

Fr. Marty joined OCCIF after a 25 year career in healthcare administration and finance. An accountant by training, and holding Certified Public Accountant licensure in two states, Fr. Marty also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Divinity from St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary.

Fr. Marty was ordained a deacon in 2008 in the Orthodox Church in America Diocese of the Midwest, and ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 2012. Fr. Marty currently serves as Priest-in-Charge of Holy Transfiguration Parish, a mission under the omophorion of Bishop Alexander (Golitsin) of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese of the OCA, in Ames, Iowa.

Fr. Marty served as the Chair of the Audit Committee of the OCA from 2009 to 2011 and currently serves as the clergy representative to the Metropolitan Council of the OCA from the Bulgarian Diocese. Fr. Marty also serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Primary Health Care, Inc., a Federally-qualified Community Health Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Fr. Marty and his wife Candice have a married daughter and a high-school aged son. In his non-existent spare time, Fr. Marty enjoys Amateur Radio, travel, and watching baseball, hockey, and soccer.

Matthew C. Jameson

Treasurer

Matthew Jameson has an extensive background in banking with 30-years of experience in operations; lending operations, including transaction processing, loan documentation, funding, title and escrow, collateral perfection, and construction loan management; credit analysis; underwriting; credit approval; and lending compliance with banking regulations.

Matthew is currently a Senior Vice President/Credit Administration at Heritage Bank of Commerce. Consumer lending, small commercial loans, construction disbursement, loan servicing, and appraisal review report directly to Matthew.

All of his experience is with community banks, affording Matthew broader exposure to all facets of banking, and the ability to utilize his skills to assist non-profits such as local Orthodox Churches, and other non-profit organizations with general banking and finance needs.

Matthew is an active member at Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Castro Valley, California, where he was President for four years, the long-time Treasurer, and a member of the Parish Council for over 15-years. Matthew is the local IOCC representative for his Parish and a former Sunday School Teacher.

Matthew was born in Inglewood, California where he was baptized as an infant at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles. Matthew relocated to Livermore, a suburb of the San Francisco Bay Area with his family as a teenager where he continues to reside.

Linda Koshell

Secretary

As Board Secretary, Ms. Koshell is responsible for taking and transcribing meeting minutes, making travel arrangements for Board members and Officers, maintaining the organization's corporate documents, assisting in preparing promotional and marketing materials, and preparing grant applications.

Ms. Koshell was born in Berkeley, California, and was raised in the Orthodox Church. Ms. Koshell began her professional career as Secretary to the Production Manager of a large national manufacturing corporation in 1968, and has subsequently held progressively responsible administrative-related positions in both the private and public sectors, retiring from the State of California in 2013. She joined the Board of OCCIF in 2014.

Ms. Koshell lives in Sacramento, California, and is a member of Elevation of the Holy Cross Orthodox Church (OCA), where she has served on the Parish Council and Audit Committee, sings in the choir, and volunteers for the parish’s Archangel Michael Food Closet. She was a founding member of St. Innocent Orthodox Church (OCA) in Eureka, California.

V. Rev. Fr. David Lowell

Director

Fr. David Lowell is the former Executive Director of Raphael House of San Francisco, a past member of both the Metropolitan Council of the OCA and the Diocesan Council of the Diocese of West. Other non-profit boards he has served on include the Russian Women's Home of Mercy, the Fund for International Non-Profit Development, Christ the Saviour Brotherhood, Denver's Elyria Globeville Swansea Business Association as well as the parish councils of the OCA Cathedral parishes in San Francisco and Denver.

Educated at Birmingham-Southern College (Religion and Philosophy), Fr. David did graduate work at the University of San Francisco in Non-Profit Management, and recently completed his Masters in Pastoral Theology at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge England. Fr David is attached to Holy Trinity OCA Cathedral in San Francisco, California.

Rev. Dn. Dumitru M. Nita

Director

Dn. Dumitru brings 25 years of experience in software development and 10 years of startup experience to his role as Director at OCCIF. Dn. Dumitru currently holds executive, board and technical advisory positions for several startups and organizations, previously worked at Microsoft in the Windows Division, and earlier worked with international and Romanian companies.

Dn. Dumitru currently serves at Saint Katherine Mission in Kirkland, WA. He also is serving the Church in various capacities as the Secretary for the Washington Orthodox Clergy Association and Assistant to the OCA Diaconal Vocations Program.

Dn. Dumitru holds dual bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Economics from Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and completed the OCA Diaconal Vocations Program. Dn. Dumitru was born and raised in Romania, immigrating to the United States in 2001. He and his wife, Miruna, have five children and live in Bellevue, WA.

Popadija Katherine Vitko

Director

Katherine Vitko is currently the Popadija (Matushka, Presbytera) at St. Luke Orthodox Church in McLean, VA, where her husband Fr. John Vitko, is the Rector. Raised a Presbyterian, Katherine was received into Orthodoxy by Chrismation by Fr. Michael Prokurat on Feb. 8, 1976 in Walnut Creek, CA. She has been active in the life of the Diocese of the West ever since, including serving on the Diocesan Council, the Mission Board, 3 terms as lay diocesan delegate to the Metropolitan Council, and a member of the executive board (Administrative Committee) of the Metropolitan Council. She, and the now Father John, moved to Washington D.C. in 2002 – but Kitty, as she is known, remained active in the Diocese of the West, continuing to serve on its Mission Board.

At the Central Church level, Popadija Kitty has been a member of the OCA’s Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid for 15 years and at the 18th All American Council was elected to a 6 year term as a lay delegate to the Metropolitan Council. She is also working with Fr. Michael Oleksa and Matushka Alexandra Safchuk to produce a video series on the Alaskan Saints. The first video in that series, one on the life of St. Juvenaly, was just released in the Fall of 2015.

Since moving to Washington D.C., Popadija Kitty has been active in the life of her local parish and in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., where she serves on the Missions Board and was chosen as one of the Archdiocese’s first representatives to attend the newly formed OCA Mission School.

When not working on behalf of the Church, Kitty has also been active in the local community. While in Livermore CA, she developed a home schooling program for children who live in shelters and received the Bay Area Family to Family Award from KTVU television for this work. Now that she is living in the Washington, D.C. area, she has been a docent at the Library of Congress for the past 10 years.

Former Members

Scott S. Adams

Legal Advisor, Former Director

After serving on OCCIF’s Board of Directors since near its inception, Scott now serves as an advisor to the Board. Scott’s service to OCCIF is primarily focused on helping OCCIF navigate the various legal complexities that the organization faces.

Spending most of his life on the West Coast, Scott received a BA in both mathematics and Russian from Willamette University, an MA in mathematics from Portland State University, and a law degree from the University of Oregon. Part of Scott’s studies also took him to Ukraine, where he became fluent in Russian.

Currently, Scott resides in Seattle where he is an attorney with the international law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Scott is a member of the firm’s intellectual property department and his practice focuses on helping companies achieve value from their innovations and protect their brands. Scott serves clients ranging from small non-profits to Fortune 100 tech companies. In addition to having served as the Secretary to OCCIF, Scott also previously served on the Parish Council for St. Spiridon’s Orthodox Cathedral in Seattle, Washington.

Sdn. Dimitri Pletz

Former Treasurer

Sdn. Dimitri was born in rural NW Portland, OR and found the Orthodox Church in college. After joining a monastery and living the monastic life for a few years, he returned to college and graduated with a BA in Christian Theology from Seattle Pacific University. Recognizing the church could be benefited with more financial acumen, he completed an MBA degree at Seattle University to learn more about business.

Sdn. Dimitri currently works in Finance at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA. He is actively involved in his parish of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church as both an ordained Subdeacon and the parish’s Sr. Warden.

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5716 Folsom Boulevard, #212
Sacramento, CA 95819

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