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.
Chris Alahouzos - Vice Chairman
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.
Dr. Norrine Russell - Secretary
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.
John Petalas - Treasurer
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.
Constantino (“Costa”) Sotiriou is originally from Connecticut, where he earned an associate degree in Business Economics from Norwalk Community College. He holds licenses and certifications in construction and real estate, and has over 30 years of experience in those fields in Connecticut, Florida, and New York.
He is a resident of Pasco County, currently serving as a real estate consultant, working with investors on both commercial and residential properties, and he is active in many groups and professional organizations throughout Florida.
Costa believes in strong family values and believes that education is extremely important, particularly in early childhood.
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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