Plato Academy Board of Directors

Board Chairman Louis Kokkinakos

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.

Board Vice Chairman Chris Alahouzos

Chris Alahouzos is a Founding Member of the Plato Academy. He is Mayor of Tarpon Springs, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Veteran, an active Rotary Club member, and is a community activist and supporter of quality educational programs. He has extensive knowledge in the area of telecommunications and holds an electrical engineer’s license, and worked for many years as Southeast United States Verizon Fiber Optics Department Manager. His grandchildren attended Plato Academy, and he remains very devoted to the Schools.

Board Secretary Caitlin Clemens

Caitlin Clemens is a graduate of the University of Florida. She worked as an editor for an international accounting journal, an academic textbook company, and various authors. She also worked as a fundraiser, running large events for the March of Dimes in Tampa and Pinellas County. During Plato Academy Trinity’s first years, she served as Vice President of the PTO. Two of her children currently attend the Plato Academy, and she is dedicated to ensuring Plato’s successful future.

Board Treasurer John Petalas


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.

Board Member Dr. Norrine Russell

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.

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Our Vision:  The Plato Academy Family Empowers All Learners to Exceed Expectations!

The mission of 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 fostered by a commitment and cooperative effort between the school, students, parents, and community.

Plato Academy Schools are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and schools as managed by AdvancED. SACS provides nationally recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.

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