We are pleased to announce myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, June 25th, at 7:00 pm EST with special guests Maria Logus & Paulette Geanacopoulos. We will discuss how National Philoptochos is responding with a multi-pronged approach to provide financial, emotional, spiritual and loving support to individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fr. Christopher Metropulos, our Executive Director, will be offering a “Let’s Talk” 1 hour interactive video session on Zoom with limited availability for two-way discussion. We will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page. Join us and thousands online for prayers and discussion. Families are welcome, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. If you would like to attend, please register HERE to receive sign-in instructions.
Maria Logus, Esq., National Philoptochos President
Maria Logus is a lifelong resident of the New York City borough of Brooklyn and a parishioner at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Church. She is a retired attorney for the New York State Unified Court System and has had over three decades of legal experience. She studied at New York University and Brooklyn Law School. She joined Philoptochos at age 18, following in the footsteps of her grandmother and her mother, who held several positions in the organization. In 1986, Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America of blessed memory appointed Ms. Logus to the Philoptochos National Board in the role of Parliamentarian.
Multiple leadership roles followed, including Chair for two National Conventions and the role of First Vice President under Presidents Mimi Skandalakis, Eve Condakes, and Georgia Skeadas. She was President of the Board of Saint Basil Academy for several years and served on the boards of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and St. Michael’s Home.
Maria provided valuable service to the Philoptochos and to the Archdiocese for many years and that continued when she was appointed president in 2014. Ms. Logus stated in an interview with The National Herald in 2014, that “Philoptochos doesn’t have the luxury of any single priority. We live in a
n increasingly complex world, and we have to be prepared to respond to multiple challenges, both anticipated and unexpected, in vibrant meaningful ways, but we also have to combine the readiness to answer the unknown with an unwavering commitment to the institutions of the Archdiocese.” This statement reflects her vision for Philoptochos.
Paulette Geanacopoulos, LMSW, Director, National Philoptochos Department of Social Work
Paulette Geanacopoulos, a New York State Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), is the Director of Social Services for the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. Previous positions include serving as Executive Director of the Women’s City Club of New York, the New York Citizens’ Committee on Aging and Assistant Executive Director of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a multi-service settlement house in New York City. For several years, she taught social welfare policy and planning at the Fordham University School of Social Services, and at the Hunter College / CUNY Graduate Department of Urban Planning. She has published several faith-based articles on intimate partner abuse and community organizing and has led Orthodox Christian support groups for cancer patients and caregivers.