Munir Pavez from Beaumont, Texas is a man of many names: Muniz, Munsen, Moonpie, Moony, etc... He is currently a senior in high school and will be graduating in May (don't ask him where he's going to college). He has been involved with both his parish and DOWAMA SOYO since he was a young teen, he absolutely loves everything about it! He also very much enjoys food in general- most especially free food (hint, hint). Feel free to come to him at any time with any questions, concerns, or ideas! 

Vice President


Anna Connolly is a middle child (and in the middle of the picture). She comes from the great state of Texas in the DFW area. Currently a senior at Westlake Academy, her pastimes include studying, studying in hammocks, and studying at the gym. She has been involved with her parish and DOWAMA SOYO since the ripe age of 12 and loves serving the Orthodox community. Contact her anytime, day or night, at


Sarah Mabardy from Tulsa, Oklahoma is a senior at Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, and will be attending college (don't ask her where either) in the fall. She has been involved with her parish SOYO since she became a teen, and has attended Camp St. Raphael since age 9. She loves singing and harmonizing, netflix, naps, church, and cheeseburgers. Both DOWAMA and the Church hold very special places in her heart, and she hopes to do all that she can to improve the DOWAMA SOYO and everyone in it!



Mark is a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. He has been known to remodel train stations on his lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. He translates ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, he writes award winning operas, he manages time efficiently. Occasionally, he treads water for three days in a row.

He woos women with his sensuous and godlike trombone playing, He can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and he cooks Thirty Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. He is an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru. 

Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, he once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. He plays bluegrass cello, he was scouted by the Mets. He is the subject of numerous documentaries. When he's bored, he builds large suspension bridges in his yard. He enjoys urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, he repairs electrical appliances free of charge.

He is an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over his original line of corduroy evening wear. He doesn't perspire. He is a private citizen, yet he receives fan mail. He has been caller number nine and won the weekend passes. Last summer he toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. He bats .400. His deft floral arrangements have earned him fame in international botany circles. Children trust him.

He can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. He once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. He knows the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. He has performed covert operations for the CIA. He sleeps once a week; when he does sleep, he sleeps in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, he successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to him.

He balances, he weaves, he frolics, and all his bills are paid. On weekends, to let off steam, he participates in full contact origami. Years ago he discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. He has made extraordinary four-course meals using only a Mouli and a toaster oven. He breeds prizewinning clams. he has won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competition in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. He has played Hamlet, he has performed open-heart surgery, and he has spoken with Elvis.

And he looks forward to serving DOWAMA SOYO as treasurer.

Spiritual advisor

Fr. Daniel Bethancourt lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, with his wife, Presvytera Maria and their children Peter Basil and Joanna. He serves as the pastor of St. Nicholas Church in Shreveport, and has been involved in SOYO in one form or another for the past 20 years. He's thankful to God for the teens of our Diocese and the opportunity to serve them.

Youth director

Erin Learned Ghata lives in OK to the C (that's OKC). She loves Camp St. Raphael, the DOWAMA SOYO Basketball Tournament, WAMP and all things Teens SOYO. She gets to live the teen SOYO dream every day by serving as the parish Youth Director for St. Elijah in OKC. When she's not hanging out with the awesome teens of DOWAMA she loves spending time with her husband Joe and her dog Cal. Binge watching The Office and/or Parks and Rec on Netflix is also a favorite activity of Erin's. 



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