Clergy & Administration

Saint Andrew’s Camp is a ministry resource of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, but is separately owned and operated by the Orthodox Charitable and Educational Foundation (OCEF).  The OCEF was founded in the 1950s and has been dedicated to serving the Church’s through education. Saint Andrew’s Camp is currently the only ministry of the OCEF and has been open for a summer camping season each year since 1957 (with the exception of 2007 when it celebrated its 50th year of camp with a visit from Metropolitan Herman). The OCEF is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.

The OCEF is made up of a Board of Trustees and a Foundation, which collectively govern and support the organization in a leadership capacity, gathering and raising the funding for the annual camp program, and identifying staff and clergy to support the program each year, among other activities.

Please read about the OCEF Trustees and other Foundation members and supporters of the OCEF below.


The Most Reverend + MICHAEL
Archbishop of of New York, Diocese of New York and New Jersey
President of the OCEF

Please read the full biography of His Grace +MICHAEL, available on the diocesan webpage.

Bishop Michael is hands on and present in every way possible in all matters related to the Saint Andrew’s Camp planning and programming. As president of the board, Vladika Michael attends the annual and semi-annual meetings held in September and February, and is integral to guiding the vision of the camp program, religious education, and staffing.

Vladika was involved from the first moment of his new role as the elected Diocesan Hierarch, (attending the OCEF Board and Foundation Annual Meeting in February 2010,  three months before being consecrated to the episcopacy).

His Grace is also an integral part of the summer camp season itself. Vladika visits the campers and staff during each of the five weeks of our program and has not missed a single week.  Vladika vests and celebrates a Divine Liturgy, instructs in religious education, participates in the regular camping program, watches the skits, songs and performances of the campers, and joins the community at mealtime where he answers questions from the box in the “question corner” containing “questions for Vladika.” Bishop Michael has treated campers and teens to outings at the Sylvan Beach amusement park and at the local miniature golf facility.

Fr. Joseph Lickwar
Jersey City, NJ

Fr. Joseph is the Chancellor of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey.  He has served for several years on the board of Saint Andrew’s Camp and is currently rector of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Jersey City, NJ, and has served previously at St. Nicholas Church in Whitestone, NY.  Fr. Joseph and his wife, Matushka Shirley, are marking 50 years of marriage in 2013.

Daria York
Jewell, New York
Executive Director of the OCEF

Daria has been involved with St. Andrew’s Camp as a camper, a counselor and as a director for many years. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and has worked in practices in NY, NJ and PA. She has degrees from four New York City Schools — Barnard, Columbia, NYU and Pace — and has extensive experience with children and families.

“Having raised four children and been active in parishes in Yonkers and South River, and working in Family Practice for over 30 years, it has always been clear to me that nurturing children does require ‘a village’ and parents are indeed richly blessed if the parish community – the church community – is a strong part of the family’s life. Camp is part of that community that helps parents provide a simple solution to the complex issues of life.’

As a Board Member Daria is committed to having the summer camp program provide an Orthodox Christian boost to the lives of the campers so that they can enthusiastically return to their own families and parishes having enjoyed the life of the Church with friends, peers and mentors. She also is committed to seeing the Camp used for retreats and educational programs for parents and seniors.

Father Matthew Markewich
Ballston Spa, NY
Vice President of the OCEF

Fr. Matthew Markewich is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of St. Andrew's Camp, and serves as priest of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Ballston Lake, NY. Fr. Matthew has been involved with the camp since 2013, serving as chaplain at Teen Week. Fr. Matthew converted to Orthodoxy in college at SUNY Albany and received his M Div at St. Tikhon's Seminary. His wife is Matushka Rebekah, and their children Katherine and Daniel are also campers.

Argyra Lapchuk
North Brunswick, New Jersey


Argyra  was a camper, ‘staff assistant’, and counselor at Saint Andrew’s Camp, as was her late husband, Dn. Gregory. During her time at camp as a counselor during the 1970s, she was known for taking photographs and playing stunts and practical jokes on her fellow counselors. She has been serving on the board of Saint Andrew’s Camp because of her passion and dedication to ensuring the continued camping experience for Orthodox youth for years to come.

She attends church with her daughter, Alexandra, a camp alum, at Saints Peter and Paul in Manville NJ.

Jeff Hoff
Jersey City, New Jersey
Treasurer of the OCEF

Jeffrey David Hoff was born in Sayreville, NJ and grew up in the parish of Ss. Peter and Paul, South River, first under the pastoral leadership of Fr. Sergius Kuharsky, and then Fr. David Garretson. He served as an altar boy during his childhood and teenage years.

Jeff works in the financial services industry at Two Sigma Investments located in SoHo, New York, NY, and his background is in computer science and electrical engineering.

In addition to ministering through Saint Andrew’s Camp, Jeff is a parishioner of Ss. Peter and Paul in Jersey City, NJ (where he lives with his wife, Tatiana). Jeff also has made several mission trips, first to Alaska where he was part of a team to perform maintenance on the facilities at St. Herman’s Seminary, and then to the Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage in Guatemala City, which he and his wife support in every way possible. He enjoys visiting Saint Andrew’s Camp during the summer, where witnessing the children participate in chapel — and playing capture the flag — are his favorite memories.

Jeff’s favorite animal is the turtle, and his favorite food is ice cream.

Tim Chupeck
Syracuse, New York

As member of the program as far back as 1979, Tim has served as caretaker, camper counselor, and waterfront director throughout the years. For the early part of his life, St. Andrew’s Camp is where he spent every summer forming bonds with youth throughout the world. Having grown up in Syracuse he was just a few miles away from the camp. In 2001 he had to change his involvement in the camp, but is now excited to be back helping the program.

Tim is a member of the church council at Saints Peter and Paul in Syracuse, and attends services with his wife and two children. He attended Alfred State, SUNY Oswego, and completed graduate work at Lemoyne College and Syracuse University. He currently resides in a suburb of Syracuse, and teaches middle school students in the North Syracuse Central School District.

Besides teaching, Tim spends most of his time with his family. With a competitive spirit, he still enjoys playing sports such as kickball, softball, and racquet ball. When he has the chance to fish, Oneida Lake is a great place to launch a boat.

Tatiana Hoff
Jersey City, NJ

Tatiana (formerly “Lapchuk”) Hoff is a Management Consulting professional and organizational psychologist and has worked Deloitte Consulting in New York, NY since completing her undergraduate studies in 2007.

Tanya has attended Saint Andrew’s Camp as a camper each year since the age of seven, and since then was a counselor/lifeguard and is now a trustee and volunteer/visitor during the summer program. Tatiana’s maternal grandfather, Rev. Alexander Warnecke, was a founding member of Saint Andrew’s Camp, and worked to provide children of all backgrounds, means, and nationalities with the opportunity to engage in Christ-centered fellowship in a natural and fun-filled camp sleep-away environment, and her parents, Argyra and Gregory, were both counselors during the 1970’s.

Apart from her service as a trustee of Saint Andrew’s Camp, Tatiana’s involvement in the Church includes membership at Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral in Jersey City, NJ, trusteeship at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY and trusteeship at Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery, Otego, NY. She also enjoys photographing church services, milestones (such as ordinations, baptisms, and weddings) and other church events as a means of sharing the beauty and celebratory aspects of the Divine services to advance Orthodoxy and raise awareness among the faithful and those who are not Orthodox. She fulfills her ministry of signing in the choir as often as possible.

Tatiana has been married to Jeff Hoff (see above) since 2008. They were married at Ss Peter and Paul in South River, NJ and currently reside in Jersey City, NJ.

Henry Dotterer
Syracuse, NY
Secretary of the OCEF 

 

Henry is a parishioner of Sts. Peter and Paul in Syracuse, New York. A graduate of CBA (in Syracuse) and MIT, he now runs a web business while coaching boys and girls ice hockey on the side. Henry attended St. Andrew's Camp as a child in the 70's, then he returned as a "camper" in 2020 for a very pleasant Family Week with his wife Anastasia (Rumi) and their three children. Henry believes that the peaceful setting of St. Andrew's Camp, and the wonderful volunteers involved in running it, make it a great place for kids and adults to make new friends and deepen their identification with Christ and His Church.

Matushka Jeanne Baktis
Princeton, New Jersey

I am former St. Andrew’s camper, now living in NJ where my husband is the Rector of Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow parish in Princeton. Formerly an Early Childhood Special Educator in the NYC area, I then spent 25 years as a US Army Chaplain Spouse while Fr. Peter served as an Orthodox Military Chaplain.  I credit my summers at St. Andrew’s Camp with instilling within me the desire to find a way to serve the church.

By becoming involved and active with St. Andrew’s Camp, my hope and prayer is that I can be useful in helping St. Andrew’s Camp grow into the future. I believe it is so important for our youth to have a place where they can, amongst a community of their peers, experience the daily cycle of services, build strong bonds of friendship with other Orthodox Christians, learn that Orthodox Christianity is not just a religion but a way of life and experience the wonders of God’s creation through camping.

Mark Gogots

 

My life with St. Andrews Camp began in the early 1970’s as a camper around 11 years old. Born and raised on Long Island, my home parish was Holy Trinity in East Meadow NY. My parents heard about St. Andrews and with my older sister, we experienced our first year at camp for two weeks. In that short period of time, St. Andrews camp made, what is now, a lifelong positive impact. I continued to spend my summers at St. Andrews progressing from a camper to a Staff Assistant (now CIT), and finally obtaining my “green jacket” as a camp counselor.

I have been very fortunate and met my wonderful wife Machelle in Columbus Ohio. We were married at St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church back in 1999. Machelle and I have three amazing children, Larissa 17 (camp CIT), Natalie 13 and Nicholas 11, of which I now experience the joy of seeing my girls attend camp each summer.

I am currently employed by EdgeConnex, a global data center co-location provider, as Regional Director of Operations spanning the eastern US and South America regions.

We currently reside in Charlestown, Maryland near the northern point of the Chesapeake Bay.

In our spare time, we enjoy time at the beach, go karting, visiting amusement parks and just enjoying our time together!


Saint Andrew’s Camp Supporters/Foundation Members with Specific Roles

Matushka Tamara Cowan - Camp Director

 

Kristy Zaitseva

Assistant Camp Director

I grew up in Central NY, in a Protestant household. When I went to college, I majored in Biology for a while, but eventually changed schools and majors. I ended up graduating with a degree in Theology, from Canada Christian College and was ordained as a minister. I worked in ministry as a missionary, youth pastor and associate pastor of my small non-denominational Christian church. I also began working at a Baptist camp, as the Program Director, and was later promoted to Associate Camp Director.  I loved my time at camp and greatly value all that I learned there, and the lasting friendships I made. It was truly life changing.

However, during that time, I began questioning the churches I was involved in. I kept wondering, “If ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever’ (Hebrews 13:8), then why do all of these churches teach such different things about Him? Why are there such huge discrepancies in these churches and denominations?” That questioning, praying, and seeking lead to a series of events and answers that eventually lead me to the One True Faith, and I converted to Orthodoxy in March of 2007.

Now, years later, I am married with four wonderful children. I am the choir director of Saint Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, in Herkimer, NY, and try to be as involved as possible with the vibrant parish life there. And now, I’m also happy and honored to have the opportunity to be part of the ministry of Saint Andrew’s Camp.

Jerome Tarris - facilities overseer

Dennis Holovach - website administrator webmaster@saintandrewscamp.org

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