Julie Stefanski is a Lead Analyst in the SEC Reporting group within Accounting at Discover Financial Services. She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting at Loyola University Chicago. After earning her degree, she worked at Deloitte & Touche LLP in the Audit Practice. In her free time, Julie is heavily involved in the Greek community through both her parish Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL as well as the Young Adult League of Chicago. Julie has been a member of HPSI since 2016 and passionate about continuing to build a strong network within the Greek community.
Voula Spyridis is a senior accountant in the Exempt Organization Tax Services practice at EY. She has over five years experience in public accounting, with a focus on private foundations, public charities, institutional investors, and healthcare organizations. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Accountancy from Northeastern Illinois University and Masters degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University. She is a CPA licensed in Illinois and is a member of the AICPA and Illinois CPA Society. Voula has served on the HPSI Board since 2019.
Christina Gikas is the CEO & Founder of Convey Digital Marketing, a full-service agency that specializes in research, brand design, social media, and event marketing. She has a proven record of increasing revenue for organizations by building relationships, implementing marketing strategies, and coaching creative individuals toward success. Christina received a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from North Park University in 2016 and a Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago in 2018. During her free time, Christina enjoys reading, volunteering, traveling, going to concerts, and practicing yoga.
Alex Andre is Co-founder and CEO of Eschaton, a proprietary derivatives trading company. He is also an anthropologist, focusing on the intersection of markets, morality, and politics. He earned bachelor’s degrees in physics and economics from the University of Notre Dame. In his free time he is a runner, adventurous eater, and shameless goofball. He loves bringing Greeks together and building community through HPSI.
Magdalene Ladas Pharm D. earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Midwestern University College of Pharmacy. She is very dedicated, passionate and driven to improve patient outcomes and medication adherence. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and the Chicago Blackhawks. She looks forward to working with an outstanding team and taking the organization to the next level of it's mission, vision and values.
Alyssa Machinis joined HPSI as the Marketing Director in 2015 after earning her Bachelor of Science in Advertising at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She is currently in her 2nd year of presidency of HPSI. She is a Decision Scientist at MERGE, where she uses research, trends, experiences, and data to help her clients solve problems. In her free time she enjoys trying new restaurants and cocktail bars, singing, and reading.
Xrisa Koulouris is currently a high school English teacher at Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. Her ultimate purpose is helping students strive for excellence, by implementing a viable, rigorous literacy curriculum in the classroom. After graduate school and at least six years of teaching under her belt, Xrisa has been involved with literacy committees and organizations that value education. Currently, she holds the position of Co-Director of Education for the Pan-Laconian Federation of the USA and Canada. Xrisa has been involved with HPSI since 2015 as a board member and a participant of various events. To keep the Greek pride and enthusiasm alive and growing in our hearts for many generations, Xrisa is passionate to stay involved. She believes that HPSI offers the opportunity to network and get to know other Greeks in the professional realm.
Nick Colis is an Underwriting Manager at RLI Insurance Company. He graduated from Valparaiso University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In addition to serving on the HPSI Board since 2015, Nick is an active member of Saints Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL, where he serves on the Parish Council and is heavily involved with the annual Greek Festival.
Dean Economos earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Minor in Biostatistics from Loyola University Chicago. He also earned his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. He is currently employed as a Senior Consultant at EY. In his free time he enjoys cars, trying new restaurants, and exploring the world.
Avrelia (Lia) Palivos is a Licensed Practical Nurse specializing in memory care for the Greek-American Rehabilitation and Care Center (GARC), and also serves as its Nurse Liaison Manager. Since graduating as President of her Nursing School Class, Lia has dedicated nearly a decade to geriatric care at GARC. Lia has been a continuous supporter/advocate for numerous Greek-American organizations, including Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation and Panhellenic Scholarship Foundation. She volunteers in the community at food drives and contributes to Little City Foundation. For Lia, nursing is a universal gift that delivers daily kindness to those in need and reminds us of the fundamental humanity inside us all. Lia treats everyone like her very own γιαγιά and παππού. Lastly, she continuously strives to inspire the residents, but it’s the residents who inspire her.
Nicholas Zouras is a co-founder of Z3 Solutions, LLC, a firm specializing in construction management and general contracting. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University. In his free time he enjoys traveling, volunteering, making mojitos (with his awesome recipe) and golfing whenever possible. He looks forward to rolling out new and exciting events for HPSI in the upcoming year!
Stacy Economy became a member of HPSI in 2015. She obtained her Bachelor of Architecture and a Minor in Structural Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and currently works for Pepper Construction Company. In her free time she has served as the Alumnae Advisor of Kappa Phi Delta Sorority and enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring Chicago's urban fabric. Stacy looks forward to strengthening the Hellenic network in Illinois.
George Logothetis is a Senior Director at Aon. His background includes industry and consulting experience in strategy, process and delivery in Financial Services, Retail, Pharmacy, and Supply Chain. George has proven ability in developing business and operating model strategy while leveraging his deep leadership skills to deliver for Fortune 100 companies. Prior to returning as a Senior Advisor to HPSI in 2015, George had served on the Board, including two years as President, between 2003 and 2010. George is passionate about giving back to the Hellenic-American community and is happy to use his personal network of Hellenes across multiple professions to assist others.
Angelic Menegatos is the Founder and CEO of Menegatos Accounting Services, an advisory and tax firm specializing in small to medium size businesses. She has worked in public accounting for six years with a proven record of identifying significant savings for clients through effective tax and business planning solutions. Angelic received her Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Currently, she is completing her Master of Science, Accounting from Western Governors University and will be sitting for the CPA exam this fall. Angelic was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and moved to the Chicago area a year and a half ago. In her free time she enjoys traveling, volunteering, snowboarding and spending time with family and friends.
Constantine (Dean) Kartsimas grew up in Buffalo Grove, attending SS Peter & Paul in Glenview and the Ascension of Our Lord in Lincolnshire. After graduating from DePaul University in Chicago, he spent 7 years working as the Registrar and Executive Aide to the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. From there, Dean worked in private wealth management for 4 years. He currently works as a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual where he continues to build relationships with his clients and plan for their financial futures. Dean is honored to be part of the HPSI executive board and looking forward to furthering the mission of Hellenes throughout the state of Illinois.
Alexander Facklis is senior technical architect at Motorola Solutions where he designs end-to-end solutions for customers using Motorola and third party products and technologies. He is a versatile systems professional with diverse project-based experience spanning global multinational organizations, small businesses and startups in multiple industries. Having started his first business at 18, he brings an entrepreneurial perspective to his work. On a personal level, he enjoys soccer, fitness, modern Greek language and culture, Orthodox Christian spirituality, arts, interacting with his nephews and niece, and volunteering.
Alex Paul is a Consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association working on National Program Development. He has over five years of healthcare experience, and has worked primarily on health policy (both state and Federal), outpatient care delivery and program development. He earned a Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration from University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health in 2018 and an undergraduate degree from DePauw University in 2013. A native of Northwest Indiana Alex, grew up a proud member of the St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church parish, an avid Chicago sports fan and paperback book enthusiast.
Nikos Tsonis obtained his BA from Yale University in Philosophy and his JD/MBA from Boston University. He is a partner at Tsonis & Associates, LLC, a boutique law firm focusing on commercial and industrial property assessment law, and is a passionate board member of HPSI.
Joy Logothetis earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagin, and her Master of Medical Science from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She became a board-certified Physician Assistant in 2012 and has experience in clinical, surgical, and inpatient settings. She has practiced Dermatology since 2013, and is employed at Medical Dermatology Associates in Chicago. Her various dermatological interests include treating eczema, psoriasis, skin cancers, and acne, and loves educating her patients on various therapies and preventative measures. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, catching up with family and friends, and trying to keep up with her twin daughters.