GOYA Introduction

Boys and girls between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join the G.O.Y.A. Various athletic, social and religious activities are held as well as other programs. The G.O.Y.A. meets once a month on Thursdays.


We are all excited to begin another ecclesiastical year after a warm and fantastic summer! Our year began by inducting our new GOYA board members to office. Congratulations to the new board members: Teddy Kesoglou, VP, Yanni Leakas, Treasurer, Christina Salemme, Recording Secretary, and Eleni Tsirikos, Corresponding Secretary! We also formed our teams for the annual Dive for the Cross celebration in Asbury Park and the AHEPA Greek History tournament set to take place this coming year! I wish all participants the best!

Our new GOYA members are eager to see what our ministry is all about and our returning members look forward to all our special events such as sports activities, dances, Lock-In, Olympics, and so much more. My personal favorite event we look forward to would be Sights and Sounds where we have the opportunity to experience the arts in a fun environment. For some members, including myself, this will be their last year to experience GOYA before they venture off to college. As a senior who has been a part of the GOYA family for six years, it is sad to realize this will be my last year as a member. Yet, I look forward to being involved in our events and making sure, along with our board, that this year can be the best ever. GOYA has shaped me into the person I am today and I am grateful to be able to take all the lessons I have learned and the amazing memories into the real world when I graduate.

We are blessed to have such an active GOYA. This is where all young adults are accepted for who they are and are able to learn and grow deeper not only to our faith but also take part in so wonderful experiences and community service events. Our group also offers many opportunities to make new friends who share our beliefs across New Jersey.

encourage any Greek-Orthodox boy or girl from 7th through 12th grade to contact our church office and register for GOYA. Once registered, please plan on attending our GOYA meetings on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 P.M and learn about all the cool things we do.

With Love in Christ,

George Makris

GOYA President

GOYA Board

This year’s G.O.Y.A. Board:

President:                               Pennie Papamichael

Vice President:                        Efthimia Mitchell

Treasurer:                               Charlotte Joannidis

Recording Secretary:               Theo Leakas

Asst. Recording Secretary:       Katherine Scoullos

Corresponding Secretary:         Teddy Kesoglou


Head:                                       Manny Jouvanis

Asst. Head:                               Reina Phillips

Activity Advisor:                        Sophia Makris

S & S Advisor:                           Dee Hunter

Sports Advisor:                          Paul Venizelos


Registration:                            Dee Hunter

Finance:                                  Nick Joannidis

Fundraising:                            Debbie Leakas

Assistants:                   Angela Koutsouras, Lucy Papamichael

Coffee Hour:                            Vanessa Juvelis-Mitchell

Assistants:                   Karen Scoullos, Maria Salemme

Dance:                                     Reina Phillips

Assistants:                   Joanne Glavas, Vanessa Juvelis-Mitchell

Sights & Sounds Assistants:     Dee Hunter

Assistants:                    Kally Williams, Vicky Larosiliere


for more information email: goya@stathanasiosnj.org