His Grace, The Right Reverend Bishop / Director
Bishop Basil received his BA in Psychology from California State University of Pennsylvania and earned his MDiv from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. St. Vladimir’s Seminary also awarded His Grace a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa.
Bishop Basil served as the first Director of the Antiochian Archdiocese’s Department of Youth Affairs with offices at the main chancery of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. While working in that capacity, he served as instructor of Byzantine Chant at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. During a two-year period, His Grace resided at the St. John of Damascus Patriarchal Institute of Theology at the Balamand Monastery of the Dormition in Lebanon, where he studied and taught, while researching and translating material for The Liturgikon: The Book of Divine Services for the Priest and Deacon.
Bishop Basil was tonsured a monk at the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Tolleshunt Knight by Maldon, Essex, England. His Grace was elected to the episcopacy by the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of the Great City-of-God Antioch and all the East and was subsequently consecrated a bishop. Since his enthronement, Bishop Basil has held the title of Bishop of Wichita and the Diocese of Mid-America. In May 2010, His Grace was elected Secretary of the Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.
In recognition of His Grace’s hierarchical office and authority over the parishes, monasteries, and institutions under his Archpastoral care, Bishop Basil, under whose omophorion we serve, retains a seat on the Board of Directors of The Saint Constantine School.
Steven Kean, JD
Director / President of the Board
Steven Kean holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a law degree from the University of Iowa. He has worked in the energy industry since 1985 in various commercial, operational and legal positions, primarily in the wholesale energy and pipeline sectors. He is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Office of the Chairman of Kinder Morgan, Inc., one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. He also serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kinder Morgan Canada Limited. Mr. Kean is responsible for developing and executing the company’s vision and strategy and allocating capital to Kinder Morgan business units in a disciplined manner.
Archpriest Richard Petranek
Director / Vice President of the Board
Father Richard Petranek served as the pastor of St. Paul Orthodox Church in Katy, Texas until his retirement in the summer of 2018. He possesses valuable experience working with parish day schools. Fr. Richard functioned as a chaplain in a parish day school of 450 children in grades K-8. He was a member of the Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools for over ten years. As a pastor, Fr. Richard oversaw a school of 750 students in grades K-8. In both schools, his responsibilities included supervision of multi-million dollar capital campaigns. His responsibilities also included interviewing and approving future board members.
Priest Symeon Kees
Director / Secretary of the Board
Father Symeon is the parish priest of St. Paul Orthodox Church in Katy, Texas, after serving as associate pastor of St. George Orthodox Church in Houston. His past secular work included both military and civilian federal service. Fr. Symeon graduated summa cum laude from Marshall University with a BA in Basic Humanities with a concentration in Religious Studies. He received an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary and holds a second MDiv from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, where he graduated with Distinction in Scripture. Fr. Symeon’s thesis focused on the Biblical Story in Orthodox Christian education.
Melissa Kean, Phd
Melissa Kean is a member of St. Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas. The historian of Rice University, she has been named one of “Houston’s 41 Most Fascinating People” by the Houston Chronicle. Dr. Kean holds a BA from Iowa State, a Master’s degree from Creighton University, another Master’s degree from Rice University, and a PhD from Rice University. In addition to four history degrees, she also earned a JD from the University of Iowa. Dr. Kean’s leadership experience extends from her work with a private religious school for children to her service on a university board.
Archpriest Joseph Huneycutt
Father Joseph Huneycutt is the pastor of St. Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas and Dean of the Antiochian East Texas Deanery. He holds a BS in Communications Arts from Appalachian State University and an MDiv degree from Nashotah House Seminary. Subsequent to completing the St. Stephen’s Course in Orthodox Theology, Fr. Joseph earned a DMin degree through the Antiochian House of Studies. In addition to producing the Orthodixie blog and podcast on Orthodox life in the Southern United States, he has written several books on the Orthodox Christian experience, including One Flew Over the Onion Dome, Defeating Sin, Fire from Ashes, and We Came, We Saw, We Converted.
Archpriest James Shadid
Father James serves as the pastor of St. George Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas. After receiving a degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma, he completed an MDiv degree from Holy Cross Orthodox Theological Seminary in Boston, MA. Fr. James spent an additional year studying Arabic at the Balamand Theological Seminary in Lebanon. Fr. James’ experience includes working as the full-time Youth Director at the Cathedral of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America. He volunteered as a counselor at the Antiochian Village (Bolivar, PA) for nine years and has served as Camp Director of Camp St. Raphael (near Tulsa, OK).
Gregory Asaf, CPA
Treasurer of the Board
Gregory Asaf is a member of St. George Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas, where he serves on the Finance Committee. He is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas and holds a BS in Finance from Lehigh University and an MS in Finance from Texas A&M University. Mr. Asaf is currently the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Stallion Oilfield Holdings, Inc. He previously held corporate advisory roles at FTI Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was responsible for advising companies with financial and operational restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, and working capital management.
Henry J. Kaim, JD
Henry Kaim is a member of St. George Orthodox Church. A retired attorney, he has been a partner in the international, national and Texas law firms of King & Spalding, Bracewell & Giuliani, Akin, Gump, and Sheinfeld, Maley & Kay. Mr. Kaim has been admitted to the prestigious American College of Bankruptcy and has been recognized during his career as a Texas Super Lawyer. He obtained BA degree from Southern Methodist University and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, where he was an editor of the Houston Law Review. A subdeacon of the Church, he has served as President, Vice President, and member of the Parish Council of the Church of St. George.