IRENE ARCHOLEKAS , Co-President & Founder
Irene Arholekas (Archos) is a writer, journalist, editor, and instructor. Born to Greek with parents from South Africa, she is a daughter of the Hellenic Diaspora who has lived in several European cities, including Athens, Heidelberg, Barcelona and the Middle East in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
After graduating with a BA in English lit from CUNY/Queens College and a Masters from SUNY/Stony Brook she relocated to Greece where she taught composition and English literature and English as a Foreign Language at various universities, including Deree College, the American College of Greece. An avid and restless traveler, Irene moved on to teaching for the University of Maryland in Heidelberg, Germany. She then relocated to Barcelona, Spain, where she taught at the renowned Institute of North American Studies for several years. After returning to New York City from Europe, she continued teaching on the high school level in schools across the five boroughs, including Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens. She is an active adjunct faculty member for both the City and State Universities of New York at such community colleges as Queensborough, Bronx and Nassau.
Irene is as well an active freelance journalist, editor, writer, and blogger. She started her journalism career back in the 1990’s when along with a photo-journalist, she spearheaded The International Youth Gazette, the only general-interest magazine journal to serve the needs of the largest American community living in and around Kaiserslautern, Germany. She penned the weekly column for the National Herald, the oldest, most popular Hellenic-American newspaper, entitled “Being a Greek American” which later evolved into a memoir. Irene has been contributing editor for Ins and Outs, a high-end, glossy lifestyle magazine covering the arts, real estate, and business in her hometown of LIC/Astoria. She launched the first site exclusively catering to the needs of Greek-American women, www.greekamericangirl.com.
She alternates living in Athens, Ios/Paros in the Cyclades, and New York City.
She is the mother of three children.
VASIA KALLIMACHOU, Co-President & Communications Director
Vasia Kallimachou holds a Marketing and Communications Bachelor degree from American College of Greece and a degree as a Construction Engineer Technician from I.E.K.
Vasia has attended several professional courses on Customer Relationship Management, Public Relations, Marketing, Online Marketing and Advertising and Crisis Management.
Born and raised in Greece she immigrated on 2013 to Florida, United States and works as a Marketing and Public Relations director at Superior Schools, a management company that manages Plato Academy, “A” rated schools in Florida that teach Greek as a second language.
In the past, she has lived in many European countries and she speaks Greek, Italian, French and English. She lives in Florida and Greece.