Resource Developer, Center for Family Care
Presvytera Melanie DiStefano is the Resource Developer at the GOARCH Center for Family Care. She graduated from Youngstown State University (BChemE), and from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (MDiv). Married to Father Joseph DiStefano for nearly 21 years, they have one son Michael Seraphim. Michael has special needs that greatly impact his health and his level of independence. One of her passions is to encourage families who are facing similar parenting challenges, and to dispel cultural stigmas associated with disabilities.
Once per month she hosts the Family Matters podcast on AFR, the "Fully Human Edition," to allow people with disabilities to share the blessings and challenges of their faith journeys and create awareness for the broader church community.
The foundational motivation for her ministry is a desire to share the love of Jesus Christ and encourage the faithful to experience His healing grace in the sacramental life of the Church.