The Orthodox Pebbles team

n_polaroidNatalie Tzobanakis, Orthodox Pebbles creator

I come from Greece and I have been living in the United States for a number of years. Since 2013, I have been involved as a Sunday School teacher and coordinator in our local Greek Orthodox parish, St. Demetrios of Union, New Jersey.

At the Orthodox Pebbles website, I plan the posts, design the illustrations, make the printables and videos, and build the pages. I also create the Orthodox Pebbles products that are available for purchase. The researching and writing of the text on the website is done with the support of Despina – my friend, fellow parishioner and Sunday School volunteer – who is introduced below.

I was born in New York City and raised in Athens, where I have lived for the biggest part of my life. I first attended the Athens University Medical School, and then got a degree in design and visual communication from Vakalo Art & Design College. Later on, I studied children’s illustration and Byzantine iconography, and now I am working towards a B.A. degree in Greek Civilization Studies from the Open University of Greece.

In 2012, the Greek economic crisis brought me, my husband, and our three children to the U.S., where I have been doing freelance design work and teaching at my local Greek-American community. Even though I have been living in the U.S. for a number of years, my dream to one day return permanently to Greece is still very much alive.

Find me online:

  • Portfolio with samples of my work.
  • Homeschooling blog, where I recorded my experience teaching Greek History to my own children (in Greek).
  • Personal blog, where I wrote about my transition from Greece to the U.S. (in Greek).

d_polaroidDespina Lachanaris

I also come from Greece and, since 2013, I have been involved as a Sunday School teacher and coordinator in St. Demetrios of Union, New Jersey. At the Orthodox Pebbles website, I participate in planning, researching, writing and editing the text.

Born and raised in Athens, I like to say that I originate from the beautiful island of Chios. Following my B.A. degree in Statistics and Actuarial Studies from the University of Piraeus in Greece, I gained extensive working experience as an administrative assistant, book-keeper and business software analyst. I met my Cypriot-American husband in Chios, relocated to New Jersey, and became a mother of two. I am very much involved in volunteer work at my children’s schools, in roles such as coordinator of the parent volunteers at the school’s Library; classroom parent coordinator; art appreciation volunteer; instructor in after school enrichment activities. I enjoy reading books and blogs, and appreciate peace and quiet.