President: Alexander Thomopulos
Alexander was born and raised in Athens, Greece, where he cultivated an ever-growing passion for all things water-sport related. In 2009 he moved to Maryland, where he completed the final two years of high school. In 2015 he graduated from the University of Maryland – College Park with a B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology and has since matriculated into the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Over the summers in Greece he has spent time shadowing physicians, volunteering, and traveling; of course he continues to sail and windsurf. Good coffee (espresso) has become desideratum. Despite leaving Greece over 8 years ago, he has grown increasingly interested in, inspired by, and dedicated to Hellenism. During his undergraduate program he earned a minor in Modern Greek Studies, with his final paper analyzing one of his favorite poets - Cavafy. He believes in the importance of a strong education and culture and wishes to promote Hellenism through those, using NHSA as the medium.
Vice President: Petros Besieris
Petros is a senior attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science. His academic accomplishments include being placed on the College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean’s list since freshman year. Mr. Besieris has also received the National Engaged Leader Award, recognizing high academic accomplishments along with leadership traits that have helped him thrive throughout his college career. He is very active within the Greek community of the Detroit area and is also a member of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Hellenic Student Association. Greek dancing is a passion for Petros as he has been a member of the Metro-Detroit dance group, Zoé, since the age of 10. Mr. Besieris has professional experience working in the IT department of a Fortune 500 corporation. His ambition as Vice President for NHSA is to combine both his professional and cultural background to the organization in continuing to promote a strong Greek community on a national level.
Director of Operations: Jason Mantzouranis
Jason grew up in Athens, Greece, and then moved to Chicago in 2011 to attend Northwestern University, from where he graduated with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Economics. During his time at Northwestern Jason was involved in multiple organizations, including club tennis and Northwestern's Hellenic Student Association, of which he was co-President. Jason now works as an FPGA engineer in the proprietary trading industry in Chicago. His longer term goals are to obtain an M.S. and/or MBA degree after first spending some time in industry. Jason loves to play tennis, to ski and to travel.
Treasurer: Yiannis Mallios
Yiannis was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His family is originally from the Nafpaktos area of Greece, though both his parents spent their childhood in Athens before moving to the United States. Yiannis is currently a senior at Emory University, double majoring in Business and International Studies. Following graduation, Yiannis will be moving to New York City to join Morgan Stanley. During his freshman year of college, Yiannis founded the Emory University Hellenic Society and has served as co-president ever since. He also completed two summer internships in Athens, Greece for Piraeus Bank and the Libra Group in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Yiannis enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, traveling and expressing his love for Hellenism!
Director of Public Relations & Recruitment:
Tamika was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio, located north of Cincinnati. Her family is originally from Edessa, Greece. Tamika graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. and M.A. in Communication. Currently, she lives in Lexington, Kentucky where she is a Lecturer in Communication Studies at UK, teaching public speaking and business communication. She enjoys teaching college students and making her classes fun. As part of NHSA she is excited to be involved in marketing and student recruitment, to strengthen the bond among HSA’s, and to spread the Hellenic spirit. Tamika loves meeting new people, going to UK basketball and football games, traveling to new cities, and Greek dancing every chance she gets!
Director of Special Projects & Initiatives:
Eirene is currently enrolled in the Integrated Marketing Communications graduate program at Loyola University-Chicago. She currently works at an advertising agency, Havas Worldwide, as an Assistant Account Executive. In her spare time, Eirene's love of Greek culture has led her to become the Greek Dance Instructor for Saturday Greek School classes at the National Hellenic Museum in Greektown. Although she is of Kalamatan descent, her favorite place in Greece and the whole world is Chania, Crete. She became a part of NHSA when she helped with the 2015 Chicago Convention, and loved the resources and opportunities NHSA had to offer the Hellenic youth of America.
Director of Marketing: Alex Tsapos
Alex grew up in Greece and has been in the US for seven years. He is currently a student at George Mason University in Fairfax and studies Business & Sustainability. Has been studying and practicing marketing for over 5 years and is now owner of Tsapos Media and Digital Marketing Agency based in Washington DC.
Finance Director: Eleni Gianelos
Eleni Gianelos was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her family is originally from Athens and Thessaloniki. She is finishing her college career in May 2019 studying at Babson College in Boston with a major in Finance. At Babson, Eleni is President of the Greek Cultural Association and the Investment Management Association. She is also a member of the Babson College Fund, where she is a financial analyst and helps manage $2.7 million of Babson's endowment. Eleni enjoys traveling, playing tennis, going to cafes and listening to Greek music.
Logistics Director: Fotis Tompoulidis
Fotis Tompoulidis was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio and his family is originally from Edessa, Greece. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Business Communication and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. Other than his involvement with NHSA, he is involved with the Dayton, Ohio AHEPA chapter, UK's Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society Chapter, UK Alumni Association, and several of the local Chicago HSA chapters. He is also a former Logistics Account Executive at Total quality Logistics, Philanthropy Officer at the UK's Office of Philanthropy, and a Radio DJ and Talk Show Host at WRFL. Fotis's future goals are to obtain a MBA in marketing management and continue to pursue a career in either marketing or public relations. In his off time, Fotis enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Fotis is excited to work with NHSA in helping start new chapters and promoting Hellenism.
IT Director: Theotokis Katsanis
Born in Thessaloniki, Theotokis Katsanis traveled to England a few days infant due to his father's work for 3 years. He has a passion for skiing and has participated in races representing his city Larissa. He loves animals and owns a Cavapoo named Luna. He is currently studying Business Administration at University of Maryland University College.
Digital Marketing Strategist: Marina Ouranitsas
Marina attends the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, majoring in Cosmetic and Fragrance Marketing where she plans on graduating in May 2018. Her numerous involvements in volunteer work have helped charities meet their mission to giving back to the community. She currently assists with the Brownbag lunch program where the group provides weekly lunches to the less fortunate at the Trinity Church in lower Manhattan. Marina is also a part of the Stockings With Care organization, which provides gifts during the holidays to families that cannot afford to buy presents for their children. Marina is proud of the Greek values she carries which led her to joining NHSA to expand her involvement in promoting a strong Greek community in North America.
Chairman: Konstantine Ouranitsas
Konstantine Ouranitsas is a consultant with the Project Controller practice at Deloitte Consulting, LLP. in New York City. Prior to that he was an analyst on the Research & Underwriting team for LBC Credit Partners, a private debt fund. Mr. Ouranitsas is NHSA’s Chairman, Advisory Council Chairman, and Past President. He was responsible for incorporating NHSA and turning it into an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Within the Hellenic community, Mr. Ouranitsas serves as the Treasurer of the Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley, Vice President of AHEPA Chapter #26 Philadelphia, Young Leader of The Hellenic Initiative, board member of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia. He is the co-founder & past president of the Hellenic Student Association of Philadelphia and the past president of the Drexel University Hellenic Student Association. Mr. Ouranitsas graduated from Drexel University in 2014 with a BSBA in finance after completing a 5-year co-op program. He was born and raised in New York City and is of Pontian descent.
Northeast: Elpida Velmahos
Elpida is a current Masters of Public Health candidate at Columbia University where she is concentrating in Health Policy and Management. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in Human Physiology, Spanish, and Public Health. At Boston University she was the hellenic association's President for three years and collaborated with other university hellenic associations in the area to host events. She became part of NHSA after attending her first convention in Baltimore 2016, follwed by her involvement in the Fall 2016 Boston Convention. Outside of school and NHSA, Elpida has spent time volunteering in the refugee camps in Greece and a Greek public-health geared NGO, as well as, doing research at Brown University on the prescription opioid and related-mortality's crisis. She has lived in Boston, Los Angeles,Greece, Johannesburg, Madrid, and now New York. An extroverted, social personality, she hopes to use her skills to connect, educate, and unite the Hellenic community through NHSA.
Canada, Toronto: Fotis Karantonis
Fotis was born and raised in the heart of Toronto’s Greektown. His Greek roots are from Karditsa on his father’s side and Sparti from his mother’s side. Fotis is a spring of 2018 graduate of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, majoring in hospitality and tourism management. His education at Ryerson consisted of a theoretical knowledge base and practical skill set preparing him for the hospitality & tourism industry. For two years he was president of the Hellenic Students Association at Ryerson, which allowed him to get involved with the Ryerson student Union, collaborate with a variety of student groups and engage with the Greek student body. Most importantly, he had the chance to practice various skill sets that can be applied in the workforce such as leadership, teamwork, effective networking and marketing. Fotis has worked in the restaurant industry in downtown Toronto all throughout University and has ambitions to climb the hotel corporate ladder upon graduation. In 2015, Fotis attended the Pan- Messinian Kalamata University Program where he participated in Greek language, history, and music classes as well as touring all over the Peloponnese with students of Greek Diaspora. During this trip, Fotis developed a deep appreciation for the connection of Greek Diaspora. As regional director of Toronto, Fotis hopes to enhance the connection between Toronto’s Greek students and young professionals with the NHSA community.
New England: Margarita Akritidou
Margarita was born and raised in Naoussa, Greece. She is currently a graduate student at the Fletcher School at Tufts University focusing on International Law and Diplomacy . She received her first degree in law and a Master’s degree in Public Law and Political Science from Aristotle University’s Thessaloniki Faculty of Law. Prior to studying at Fletcher, Margarita also completed a Master’s in Transnational and European Commercial Law, Arbitration and Energy Law from the International Hellenic University of Thessaloniki.
While at the Aristotle University, she discovered a deep interest for European and international law which led her to participate in many Model of United Nations competitions abroad. Margarita has assisted with the preparation and coaching of the Aristotle MUN Delegation Team, and in law school she participated in a summer internship at the Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations in New York.
Since graduating from law school she has practiced law both in Thessaloniki and her hometown, Naoussa, representing numerous business clients throughout all stages of litigation of the Greek court system. She successfully completed 18 months of training as a trainee lawyer and in April 2016 she passed the Greek Bar Exam, obtaining the highest grade in her bar association. She has also worked for the legal department of Permanent Representation of Greece to the European Union in Brussels, handling Greek cases of infringements in terms of EU legislation. Margarita enjoys playing the piano and loves travelling. She is excited to participate actively in NHSA and her vision is to promote the Greek culture and strengthen the bond among Greek descent students in the New England area.
Southwest: Evangelos Chatziafratis
Vaggos Chatziafratis came to the US in 2015 and is currently a PhD student of Computer Science at Stanford University. He is the president of Stanford's Hellenic Association and through multiple events, he tries to keep the Greek spirit alive. He grew up in Athens, where he studied Electrical Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens. He plays the piano and is happy to socialize from people around the world. Despite the long distance, with the first chance available, he always travels to Greece and to the islands.