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Anthoula Katsimatides, 40, is an actress, producer, writer, radio host, teacher and an inspiration to the Greek community in New York.
She worked closely with the Greek community of New York City while serving as former New York Governor George Pataki’s community affairs assistant.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, however, Katsimatides was assigned to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to assist with the massive rebuilding effort. She served as the main point of contact for the families of victims.
She is also on the board of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. Many describe her as a driving force behind its opening of America’s Memorial last year.
Having lost two of her three brothers – one was killed in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and the other had committed suicide about a year earlier – Katsimatides also launched a charity in their honor. The Johnny and Mikey Katsimatides Foundation for Life or JAM for Life was founded in January of 2002 to promote a diverse set of charitable endeavors, including the arts, music education, cancer research, assistance to underprivileged youth, suicide prevention and the rights of crime victims by donating funds raised through a variety of community events.
Katsimatides is also known throughout the tri-state area for volunteering her time to annually prepare for and MC the New York City Greek Independence Day Parade. She also hosts a radio show that draws a devoted Greek audience throughout Greater New York.
Acting, however, was always on her mind and she is now chasing her dream. She has auditioned and won parts in major films such as “Taking Woodtsock” as well as television series such as “Big Lake” and “Damages”.
Katsimatides is now working on her own one-woman show, which she hopes to complete and produce this year.