The Greek America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1997 by Gregory C. Pappas with a mission to "promote, preserve and perpetuate Greek culture, history and heritage in North America."
With a series of academic programs for young people, publications, programs, concerts, and special events, the Foundation seeks to bring elements of Greek culture, history and heritage to the forefront of mainstream America, while uniting like minded people.
The Greek America Foundation has received broad support by thousands of donors throughout the nation, making one of the most progressive and active organizations serving Greek America and Greek culture and heritage in the nation.
Katerina Sfikas, Manager of Development and Membership
Katerina Sfikas joined the Greek America Foundation in August 2012 as the Manager of Development and Membership in an effort to maintain the Foundation’s stability and its open connection with its members.
Being raised in the Greek community, helping Greeks to find their home at the Foundation is an easy task. Her education includes receiving both her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she spent time understanding interpersonal communication and nonprofit management.
Daughter of Fr. Apostolos and Pres. Sophia Georgiafentis, Katerina was raised in the Chicago suburb of Palatine with her two brothers, Nicholas and Anastasios. Katerina is recently married to Stamati Sfikas, and together they have embarked on the pathway of his ordination to the priesthood.
Jennifer Kellogg, Academics Program Director, Hellenic Legacy Scholarship
The Academics Programs Director is Jennifer R. Kellogg. Jennifer brings to the Foundation over a decade of experience in administering scholarly programs from her time at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies.
Jennifer was instrumental in establishing the Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, and has extensive experience managing and marketing study abroad programs to American students.
During 2009-10 she was the Onassis Foundation Lecturer of Modern Greek at the University of Missouri-St Louis. Currently, Jennifer is a doctoral candidate in Modern Languages and Literatures at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium with an expected completion date in early 2013.
Despina M. Kreatsoulas, Director of Events and Projects
Despina M. Kreatsoulas joined the Foundation in January 2011, bringing with her an extensive background in event planning and association management as well as exhibit design and installation.
In addition to working on the Gabby Awards, NIC Conference, Forty Under 40 and Greek Film & Foto Week produced by the Foundation, Despina is involved with projects aimed at promoting and preserving Greek history and heritage in the North America and also maintains the extensive, and always growing, archives of the Foundation.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Despina served as the meeting manager for Visit California. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Hellenic Studies and a Master’s Degree in Public History, both from California State University, Sacramento. The Foundation's Defenders of Democracy is a "near and dear" project to her as her thesis project was an exhibit entitled “Resistance and Relief, Axis Occupied Greece, 1941-44.”
Financial statements and tax returns are available through Guidestar. Please visit their website for more information about the Greek America Foundation.