National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas
National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas accepted the appointment and the charge of Archbishop Demetrios and set clear goals for her presidency: to increase membership, embrace the younger generation and enhance the use of technology.
Mrs. Skeadas is serving her second term as National Philoptochos President and through her three year tenure she has traveled extensively across the United States to carry the mission of Philoptochos to the 485 Chapters nationwide. During her tenure Philoptochos initiated a major “Go Green” campaign to preserve our environment and create efficiencies in communication and embraced the major campaign to secure a permanent home for Philoptochos, the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy.
Aphrodite Skeadas has unconditional love for her family, her Church and for the Philoptochos Society that has positively impacted her life for more than twenty-five years. She recognizes the power Philoptochos has to transform and energize people's lives through the Church's teachings and family values just as it did her own life.
Born in Apidia, Lakonia, Greece, Aphrodite Skeadas immigrated to the United States with her family when she was five years old. She spent her early years at Prophet Elias Church in Yonkers, NY until she and her husband Peter James Skeadas accepted a two year assignment in Cape Town, South Africa for an oil company where Peter worked as an engineer. There they joined the Saint George Cathedral community and upon their return to the United States they joined the Church of Our Savior in Rye, NY where they raised their daughter Constantina and son Nicholas.
Aphrodite held numerous positions in her chapter including Philoptochos Chapter President. She served on the Direct Archdiocesan Philoptochos Board and has been a member of the National Philoptochos Board for 16 years where she served with distinction as its Treasurer.
She and her husband Peter support other philanthropic efforts and Aphrodite serves on the Greenwich Committee for the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Washington, D.C. - National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Presvytera Maria Antokas, Robyn Andris and Mike Manatos (back row) all were in attendance at the Inaugural reception in honor of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and in recognition of the three distinguished individuals of Hellenic descent, Jim Chanos, Dennis Mehiel, and George Tsunis who were honored by His Eminence with the Medal of Saint Paul. The program on Monday, January 21, 2013 was hosted and presented by Archon Andrew Manatos. Among the many guests in attendance were Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, former Senator Paul Sarbanes, Congressmen Joseph Crowley and John Sarbanes, the Ambassadors to the United States of Greece Christos Panagopoulos and Cyprus Pavlos Anastasiadis, and many other administration officials, diplomats, and friends of the Greek American community.