The delegates of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading association for the nation’s millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, elected Anthony Kouzounis (photo – left), Houston, as their supreme president at the 91st Annual Supreme Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Kouzounis ran unopposed in elections that were held Friday, August 23, 2013. Formal installation ceremonies were held Saturday, August 24, 2013.
“It is an honor to be elected AHEPA supreme president,” Kouzounis said. “The community continues to face a multitude of challenges that are important to address as the need for community service is relentless, both in the United States and abroad and the promotion of Hellenic ideals will always be a priority.”
He added, “I am excited to work with our seasoned Supreme Lodge and our membership to address these challenges and keep AHEPA on the steady path set forth by my predecessors in a spirit true to our mission.”
Kouzounis is a member of Alexander the Great Chapter 29, Houston. He has served AHEPA in numerous leadership positions including two terms as supreme vice president and all offices at the district and chapter levels. As supreme president, Kouzounis’ responsibilities include being the chief executive officer, and principal spokesperson, of the entire AHEPA domain, which includes the United States, Canada, and chapters in Europe.
Election of AHEPA Leadership for 2013-2014
The AHEPA Supreme Lodge is the international governing body of the organization.
The 2013-14 Supreme Lodge is comprised of: Canadian President George Vassilas, Supreme Vice President Phillip T. Frangos, Supreme Secretary John Galanis, Supreme Treasurer Andy Zachariades, Supreme Counselor Gregory Stamos, Supreme Athletic Director Louis G. Atsaves, and Sons of Pericles National Advisor James Kokotas.
The eight Supreme Governors are: Region I: Nick Stathopoulos, Region II: Philip Yamalis, Region III: Ted Fanikos, Region IV: Nicholas Nikas, Region V: Tony Manolias, Region VI: Nick Kavadas, Region VII: Nicholas Dixie, and Region VIII: George Booras.
Elected to positions on the Board of Trustees were: George Loucas, Cos Marandos, and Nick Matthews. Matthews was re-elected.
AHEPA Family Elections: Two Re-elected as President
The organizations that comprise the AHEPA Family also held elections. Joanne Saltas, Salt Lake City, Utah, was re-elected Daughters of Penelope Grand President; John Ververis, Southington, Conn., elected Sons of Pericles Supreme President; and Angela Armstrong, Chandler, Ariz., was re-elected Maids of Athena Grand President.
Saturday’s Installation Ceremony of newly elected officers officially concluded the 91st AHEPA Supreme Convention, which began Monday, August 19.