Archbishop Demetrios Appoints
National Philoptochos President and National Board
On October 14, 2016, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, and Chairman of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society announced the reappointment of Maria Logus of New York to a second term as National Philoptochos President at the inaugural meeting of the 2016-2018 National Philoptochos Board.
The members of the new Executive Board are: Jeannie Ranglas, First Vice President; Evangeline Mekras Scurtis, Second Vice President; Joanne Stavrakas, Third Vice President; Barbara Pasalis, Secretary; Martha Stefanidakis, Treasurer; and Georgia Vlitas, Assistant Treasurer. In advisory positions are Deana Balahtsis, Legal Advisor; Maria Stavropoulos, Protocol Officer; and Irene Steffas, Parliamentarian.
Continuing in their role on the Executive Board are Jennifer Constantin, Direct Archdiocesan District President; Pam Argyris, Metropolis of Chicago President; Frances Levas, Metropolis of Boston President; Barbara Vittas, Metropolis of Denver President; Dee Nicolaou, Metropolis of Atlanta President; Margaret Yates, Metropolis of Detroit President; Crystal Thomas, Metropolis of Pittsburgh President; Jeannie Ranglas, Metropolis of San Francisco President and Anastasia Michals, Metropolis of New Jersey President.
First Vice President- Jeannie Ranglas
Jeannie Ranglas was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She moved to San Diego, California to marry Gerry, her husband of 39 years.
They are proud parents of two children Athan, 33 and Alexis 29, and are committed to maintaining a strong family life including importance of service to others.
At the age of 22, she was appointed on the first Philoptochos board of Saints Constantine and Helen in Cardiff by the Sea, CA. A few years after being on the Board, she was appointed Philoptochos President of her Chapter. She is currently Metropolis of San Francisco Philoptochos President, Executive Council of the Metropolis of San Francisco and Saint Nicholas Ranch.
Jeannie has been a National Philoptochos member for 15 years and co-chaired the National Philoptochos Convention in Phoenix, Arizona during the 2012 Clergy-Laity Congress of the Archdiocese.
Jeannie offers her time, talents and her stewardship at the Metropolis and Archdiocese on multiple levels including the Ecumenical Patriarchate. She continues to support the Monastery of the Theotokos, The Life-Giving Spring and has been given many blessings.
Second Vice President- Evangeline Mekras Scurtis
Evangeline Mekras Scurtis is a lifelong member of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Miami, Florida, and is an active member on the Parish Council.
She is currently serving as Second Vice President of National Philoptochos, and has been a contributing member of the National Board for many years. She is a Past President of the Atlanta Metropolis Philoptochos, and has held other offices for the Saint Sophia Parish Chapter Philoptochos. She has chaired many events and missions for her Chapter and Metropolis.
She has been the Children’s Medical Fund (CMF) Chair, Hospitality Chair for a National Clergy Laity as well as a Program co-chair, and coordinated a fundraiser for the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Saint Basil Academy and Saint Photios Shrine, and was honored with the Medal of Saint Paul.
Mrs. Scurtis founded the South Florida Philoptochos Medical Ministry and has volunteered for over 20 years assisting pre and post organ transplant patients primarily from Greece.
She is married to John C. Scurtis, Archon and South Florida Regional Commander, and they have three children. She is a Yiayia to eight adored grandchildren.
Third Vice President- Joanne Stavrakas
Joanne Stavrakas is a member of the Annunciation Philoptochos in Chicago, Illinois, where she served as President, and is also a Past President of the Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Board, where she held several other offices since becoming a Member of the Board in 1995.
In 1998 she was appointed to the National Board, where she served and chaired various committees. Present service includes, member of the Board of Trustees for Saint Basil Academy, Saint Photios Shrine and the Saint Iakovos Retreat Center, the Midwest IOCC Committee since its inception in 1992, and the Metropolis of Chicago Oratorical Committee.
Joanne is a retired high school mathematics teacher in the Chicago Public School System, currently a volunteer for early educational programs in an area pre-school. She is married to Dean for 46 years, and has two sons and two grandchildren.
Secretary- Barbara Pasalis
Barbara Pasalis was appointed to the National Philoptochos Board in 2006 by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, and has served 8 years as Co-Chair of Public Relations and 2 years as Chair of Office Administration. In 2008, she was Co-Chair of the Philoptochos Banquet at the National Biennial Convention held in Washington, DC. She chaired the Convention Documents committee twice, and also served on the 2013 Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon committee in Pittsburgh, PA.
Barbara has been an active member of her local Philoptochos chapter serving as President, Vice President and Treasurer. In addition, she has served on the Metropolis of Pittsburgh Philoptochos Board for over a decade, currently as Treasurer.
Professionally, Barbara founded Northcoast Educational Consulting, an educational consulting business to help high school students navigate college admissions. She is a member of many professional national organizations, including the Independent Educational Consultants Association for which she served on the Executive Board.
Barbara was born in Columbus, Ohio and has lived in the Cleveland, Ohio area since 1977 when she married Thano Pasalis (deceased). Barbara has two sons and a granddaughter. She has been a member of Saint Demetrios Church, Rocky River since 1977.
Treasurer - Martha Stefanidakis
Martha Stefanidakis is a member of the Annunciation Cathedral Philoptochos in Houston, Texas where she resides with her husband, George. They are the parents of 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Martha grew up Marlboro, Massachusetts. She has been a Philoptochos member for over 30 years and has served in all offices in her chapter and as chapter president for 12 years. She also served as President of the Metropolis of Denver Philoptochos Board for 4 years. Martha has served on the Annunciation Cathedral Parish council and currently serves on the Metropolis of Denver Council.
Mrs. Stefanidakis was appointed to the National Board by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos in 1994 and served on the Finance Committee and as Assistant Treasurer under the leadership of President Aphrodite Skeadas. Martha was the Chairman of the 2005 Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon held in Dallas, Texas, and served as a tri-chair of the 2014 National Convention in Philadelphia.
Assistant Treasurer- Georgia Vlitas
Assistant Treasurer Georgia Vlitas is a Staten Island, New York native and a parishioner of Holy Trinity – St. Nicholas. She is a staff developer and former teacher for the New York City Department of Education. She has a B.A. in Math and Spanish and an M.S. in Education.
Mrs. Vlitas is currently First Vice President of her Philoptochos chapter as well as Director of the Sunday School Program at Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas. She held many positions on the Direct Archdiocesan District Philoptochos Board, including president. She has co-chaired two National Conventions, been Convention Secretary and also Registration chair. Mrs. Vlitas is currently a member of the Board of Directors of St. Basil Academy.