Meet The Ministry Leader
Meet Ladies Philoptochos Society President Dia Mundle
The oldest of three siblings, Dia Mundle grew up in a traditional Greek household in Cupertino, CA. Her family was active at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose, and that’s where she became involved in the Maids of Athena, GOYA, and Greek Dance – alongside her good friend Vicky Vriheas!
As a child, Dia dreamed of becoming a teacher. She attended San Jose State but in her junior year of study, she changed her focus to social work. She went on to complete her studies at Sacramento State with a graduate degree in Social Work. Dia is a licensed clinical therapist and is currently working with students at a school in the area. She offers them private therapy and helps foster children with available resources.
Dia lives in Danville with her husband, Mike and has two grown sons, Peter (San Jose State, Recreational Management), and Alex (University of Reno, Veterinary Medicine). She and Mike met in a Step Aerobics class on an American Air Force Base in Germany where he was stationed…and as they say, the rest is history! Shortly after, they moved to Florida and while there, attended Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. They then spent 12 years in Chandler, Arizona, where Dia was an active social worker – but she dreamed of being closer to her family. Mike challenged her that if she found a job in California they would move. Less than a month later, her sister told her about an opening in the Bay Area, and she landed the job.
They moved to California in 2012 and it’s been a blessing to be close to family ever since (it also didn’t hurt that they love soccer and are now San Jose Earthquakes season ticket holders)! Once settled in the Bay Area, they visited several churches before coming to Resurrection. At first, they didn’t know anyone in the parish but soon felt right at home when they connected with the Haloulos and Psefteas families.
Dia has always been involved in the Ladies Philoptochos Society (LPS) to some extent, holding the offices of Secretary twice, and Vice President. So when Kathy Stathis stepped down as President earlier this year, Dia’s bestie, Vicky said “if you run for President, I’ll run for Vice!” Dia loves working with the multi-generational women who make up LPS and who bring so much to the table. And, the social worker in her loves being able to spend money on those who really need it.
In her spare time, Dia loves to travel, is a history buff and an avid reader of historical fiction. And, you may have seen her on ABC’s American Rescue Dog Show on TV! This coming year, Dia will be working part-time for the school district and starting a teaching position as Professor of Social Work at San Jose State, but her ultimate dream is to buy her father’s birth home in the village of Kiveri, Greece in the Peloponnese and one day retire there.