Plato Academy Board of Directors

Louis Kokkinakos - Chairman

Louis Kokkinakos is a local businessman with extensive involvement in philanthropic societies and organizations. He is President of the Foodservice Restaurant Partners Group. He has served as President of the St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg. He is a strong advocate of the Plato Academy Schools and believes in an active Board dedicated to the Schools’ continued success.

John Petalas - Vice Chairman


John Petalas is a successful entrepreneur in various business fields, especially in catering and restaurant management. He is strongly involved in the community and has expertise in fundraising. He is owner of the Seminole Subs restaurants. His son attended Plato Academy, and he remains very committed to ensuring that the Schools continue to provide a first-rate education.

Yale Walker - Treasurer
George Antonaklas - Secretary
Dr. Norrine Russell - Board Member

Dr. Norrine Russell, who holds a PhD in psychology, is owner and CEO of Russell Coaching, LLC in Tampa Bay, which provides coaching and consultation to students, parents, and schools. She was CEO of the Ophelia Project and Boys Initiative of Tampa Bay, Director of the Center for Girls at the YWCA of the City of New York, and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about helping students become well-educated citizens, prepared for the future with knowledge, critical thinking skills, and social and emotional skills that will enable them to make the world a better place. Both of her children attend the Plato Academy.

The mission of the Plato Academy Charter Schools is to assist students in achieving their full potential by requiring and nurturing high academic and behavioral standards in a safe, supporting, challenging, and enthusiastic environment, providing a well-rounded K-8 education fortified by a study of the Greek language and culture, and fostered by a commitment and cooperative effort among the school, students, parents, and community: our family.

The vision of Plato Academy Charter Schools is to progress as a family in which all are teachers and learners and are empowered and encouraged to exceed expectations, resulting in successful graduates ready to advance into their next stage of life, equipped with a well-rounded K-8 education fortified by the study of the Greek language and culture, and excited about continuing to achieve their full potential.

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