Bert Moyar Elected New IOCC Board Chairman

Baltimore, MD (March 15, 2002) — The Board of Directors of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has elected Bert Moyar as its new chairman.

Moyar, of Cleveland, Ohio, was elected during the board’s annual meeting, held March 8-9 in Baltimore, Md. He succeeds two-term Chairman Charles Ajalat of Los Angeles.

“I am humbled and honored to assume the chairmanship of IOCC,” Moyar said. “I will seek to continue our past practice of prudent growth in countries and programs where we can do the most good, while maintaining the highest standards of responsibility to our donors and those we benefit.”

Prior to becoming chairman, Moyar served two consecutive terms as IOCC vice chairman. He is president of MEI Hotels Incorporated, a hotel development firm based in Cleveland.

Moyar said that, as chairman, his priorities for IOCC include expanding the U.S. Program. He said IOCC is “uniquely positioned,” through its relationship with Orthodox parishes in the United States, to sponsor English language classes for immigrants and refugees, to support parish-based food and shelter programs and to train people in emergency response capabilities.

Moyar said he also would like IOCC to expand its school lunch program, which currently is operating in Lebanon and the Republic of Georgia as part of the Global Food for Education Initiative.

“There are many doors of opportunity for IOCC to serve others,” he said. “We must open only those that will fit our capabilities and resources.”

Moyar said he also has a broader vision for IOCC.

In its 10th year, IOCC is now in a better position to “give voice to the Orthodox perspective and provide leadership in international forums and the corridors of power,” he said.

Moyar said he wants to work with the Board of Directors to establish an endowment fund for the humanitarian programs of IOCC. “It is only with appropriate levels of private funding that we can continue to fulfill our mission,” he said.

Moyar formerly served on the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and was a member of its Executive Committee during the tenure of Archbishop Iakovos.

He currently serves as treasurer, chairman of the Grant Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, an endowment that supports the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and Orthodox initiatives.

He also has served as president of the Board of Trustees of Sts. Constantine & Helen Orthodox Cathedral in Cleveland.

Currently, Moyar is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and a member of the Board of the Greater Cleveland Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Founded in 1992, IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of Orthodox Christians.