Annunciation Day School Board Members
Irene Fotos, ADS Chair and Parish Council President Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Atlanta, GA
Irene Fotos has been a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Atlanta, GA since moving from New York with her husband and family. She attended Mohawk Valley Community College and Georgia Perimeter College taking business classes. She was also active in her husband’s business assisting in the management of 12 McDonald Restaurants while living in upstate New York. Ms. Fotos has been active in her church community since moving to Atlanta. She is a member of the Philoptochos Society, served as a co-chairman for the Atlanta Greek Festival, and currently serves on the Parish Council as first Vice-President and Chairman of the Annunciation Day School Board. Ms. Fotos has previously served as National Secretary of the Pan Epirotic Federation and District Governor for the Daughters of Penelope for District 1.
Maria Chininis earned her BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and taught elementary school for seven years in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. She attended Auburn University where she received her Master’s degree in Educational Administration before serving as an assistant principal in Gwinnett County Public Schools elementary and high schools for the past 25 years. Additionally, Ms. Chininis earned her Specialist’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Georgia. She is currently the Education Coordinator for The Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth, GA, where she facilitates school accommodations for concussion patients.
Scott Davenport is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he received his BA in Economics. He is a long standing member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral where he is a member of the parish council as well as teaching Sunday School for the 11th and 12th grade class. Scott spent 25 years in the music industry working for Island Def Jam, Geffen and Elektra Records where he worked with artist such as Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Guns and Roses and Justin Bieber. He is now a commercial real estate broker with Cone Middour Partners.
Maria Demos has been a member of the Annunciation Day School board for five years. She currently holds the position of Director of Operations at the law firm of Buckley Brown, PC. In this capacity, she oversees billing, accounting, human resources, benefits, information technology and marketing for the firm. Prior to joining Buckley Brown, PC, Ms. Demos spent five years in the position of Admissions Director/Registrar for Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, a K-8 parochial school in Atlanta. From college up until taking the position at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, she worked for 20 years in benefits administration specifically in defined contribution plans. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from College of Charleston, South Carolina in 1985. Ms. Demos volunteers her time in various organizations at her church and at St. Pius X Catholic High School most recently serving as the President of the St. Pius X Home and School Association.
Golfo Pappas earned her BS in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University and was a social worker with the Department of Family and Children Services investigating child abuse cases for 5 years. After completing the paralegal certificate program at the National Center for Paralegal Training, she worked at Powell, Goldstein, Frazier and Murphy as a corporate finance paralegal, specializing in state securities research, and at The Coca-Cola Company in international bottler contracts. Ms. Pappas was the co-owner of GCI Graphics, Inc, a large format digital printer, where she was responsible for all finance, HR and benefits administration for over 20 years. Currently, Ms. Pappas is employed with O'Kelley & Sorohan as a real estate paralegal.
Christina Polizos currently teaches music at Norcross Elementary School in Gwinnett County. She has taught music in the public school system for over 23 years. She is also the director of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Choir of Atlanta, GA, a position she has held for 27 years. Ms. Polizos is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Music Degree and a Master of Music Degree (emphasis in voice and choral directing). She began her teaching career as a high school choral director at Dunwoody High School in Dekalb County. She sang with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus under the direction of the late Robert Shaw and traveled with the chorus on its concert tour to Europe in 1988.
Dimitri Shreckengost is a graduate of the University of Tennessee (BS Business Administration, minor: Spanish) and of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (MTS, minor: Greek language studies) and is a product of public and private primary schools. He was a high-school, summer exchange student in Venezuela, and lived in 2 Kenyan villages with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center’s global mission teams, building both a church and a parochial school. Mr. Shreckengost has worked in the banking, airline, telecom and beverage industries, and now works in government, at a regulatory body that helps protect consumers. Mr. Shreckengost is a long-standing member of the Alif Institute, Atlanta’s Arab American cultural center, where he moderates discussions on films from and about the Arabic-speaking world and participates in cross-cultural events.
Ex Officio Members:
Rev. Fr. Paul A. Kaplanis (Dean, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Atlanta, GA)
Fr. Paul Kaplanis graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 1979, with a B.S. Degree in Social Science and History. In 1983, he graduated with his Master's of Divinity Degree and upon receiving the Taylor Scholarship, enrolled in the Master's Program at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. After one year, Fr. Paul returned to the U.S and was ordained by His Grace Bishop PHILIP to the Holy Diaconate at his hometown parish on October 28, 1984 and to the Holy Priesthood on November 11, 1984 at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Clifton, NJ. He was assigned to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church as Assistant Priest, where he served for 7 1/2 years under Father George Nicozisin. On August 2, 1992, he was assigned by Bishop PHILIP of Atlanta to his own parish, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh, NC where he served for over 18 years. In February of 1993, Fr. Paul was bestowed with the Offikia, (office) of father confessor and stavroforos by Bishop PHILIP and in September 2002, His Eminence Metropolitan ALEXIOS bestowed upon Fr. Paul the Offikion of Protopresbyter. On January 18, 2015 His Eminence Metropolitan ALEXIOS, on behalf the Ecumenical Patriarch, bestowed upon Fr. Paul the Offikion of Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the highest office a married priest can receive. Over the years, Fr. Kaplanis has served on the Youth Committee of the Metropolis, held the Office of Secretary on the Archdiocese Presbyter's Council for 8 years and is currently serving another term as Secretary. He also served as the only priest representative for Greek Orthodox Archdiocese on the Charter Revision Committee.
Rev. Fr. Christos P. Mars (Presbyter, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Atlanta, GA)
Fr. Christos Mars was born and raised in Palos Hills, IL, a suburb of Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned his Bachelor’s degree in English. Upon graduation, Fr. Christos attended Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he earned his Master’s degree in Divinity in 2006. From 2006-2007, Fr. Christos completed his coursework for his second Master’s degree, this time in theology, specializing in liturgics. Fr. Christos was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on May 21, 2007 at his home parish of S.S. Constantine and Helen in Palos Hills, Illinois, and 33 days later, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood, again at his home parish on the feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, June 24, 2007. Before coming to the Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta, Fr. Christos served the parish of the Annunciation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fr. Christos was given the Offikion (office) of Father Confessor by His Eminence Metropolitan ALEXIOS of Atlanta on November 14, 2010. He was also given the Offikion (office) of Sakellarios by His Eminence Metropolitan ALEXIOS of Atlanta on November 10, 2013. He is the Vice-President of the Metropolis of Atlanta Clergy Syndesmos as well as the President of the Atlanta Clergy Brotherhood. He also currently chairs the Acolyte Training Committee and the Program for Continuing Education for Permanent Deacon as well as the Liturgical Text Committee for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta as well as serving as liturgical chair for several Metropolis youth events.
Dr. Nickitas J. Demos
Nickitas Demos holds a DMA in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music & Case Western University. He also holds a MM Degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a BM degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A noted composer, his commissions include works for the Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Georgia Music Teachers Association and the National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a MacDowell Fellowship (2012), Grand Prize: 2004 Millennium Arts International Competition for Composers, Grand Prize: 2005 Holyoke Civic Symphony Composition Competition and 17 ASCAP Awards among others. His music is self-published through Sylvan Lake Press (ASCAP) and recorded on Albany Records, MSR Classics and Capstone Records. Professor of Music Composition and Coordinator of Composition Studies at the Georgia State University School of Music, Demos is the Artistic Director of the neoPhonia New Music Ensemble and serves on the Board of Directors for the MacDowell Arts Colony. He also currently serves as the President of the Parish Council at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Atlanta, GA. For more information: http://nickitasdemos.com.