Elias Rigas
President, Non-AHEPA

Elias Rigas serves as a Division Chief in Vehicle Technology Directorate at the U.S. Army Futures Command, Army Research Laboratory. Elias has spent over 30 years in the public sector working in management of research and development programs for next generation technologies for the U.S. Army. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Business Administration from Northeastern University. Elias is the parent of 3 daughters who are OCS students.

Anamaria Anagnostou
1st Vice President, AHEPA appointee

Anamaria Anagnostou is a Fiduciary Specialist with The Bryn Mawr Trust Company of Delaware (“BMTCDE”). As a Delaware Trustee, BMTCDE, serves as a Delaware trustee and provides fiduciary services to high net worth clients, companies and alternative business entities. BMTCDE is an independent trust company and markets a full suite of Delaware Advantage products and services. Before joining BMTCDE in 2018, Anamaria was a paralegal with over 25 years of experience in the areas of Trust and Estate Planning, Litigation and Real Estate.

Anamaria is a graduate of Ursuline Academy and Goldey Beacom College, where she received MBAs in both Marketing Management and Business Administration. Anamaria is currently working towards attaining the designation of Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA).

As a member of the Greek Community of Wilmington, Delaware, Anamaria plays an active role in her church and her Greek heritage. She is a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church which produces the Annual Greek Festival. Anamaria can be found during the festival at the Loukoumathes (honeyballs) booth. Anamaria is an active member of the Daughters of Penelope having held its highest regional office of District Governor and is a founding Board Member of the Daughters of Penelope Education Foundation for New Jersey and Delaware.

Erin Allard
2nd Vice President, Non-AHEPA

Erin has spent the last 15 years of her career at the intersection of partnerships, strategic expansion, risk management, and governance in the finance and technology, or “fintech” sector. Through a variety of leadership roles, primarily with publicly traded, highly regulated financial institutions, she has served on several risk management, credit and lending, program prioritization, and management operating committees. In her current role as VP and Head of Banking Operations and Product for Green Dot Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Green Dot Bank, Erin focuses on banking enterprise partnerships, bringing to life innovative payments products and services in a regulatory compliant manner, and maintaining an operating framework ensuring safe and sound banking practices. Previously, Erin spent several years at The Bancorp, a Wilmington-based sponsor bank. Her most recent role at The Bancorp was Managing Director, Credit Sponsorship, where she was responsible for the business line strategy, risk management and regulatory controls for a new business line. Other roles included the CEO’s Chief of Staff, VP of Strategic Initiatives, and VP, Platform Sales; Erin was also a founding member of the company’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN). Earlier in her career, she led partnerships for a commercial real-estate lending firm, and worked with Carnegie Mellon University’s award-winning Red Team, a consortium focused on autonomous vehicle development in coordination with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Erin attended the University of Pittsburgh and University of Pennsylvania. A Wilmington resident, she and her husband are the parents of two sons; a first grader at Odyssey, and an incoming kindergartener.

Rodrigo Torres
Treasurer, Non-AHEPA

Rodrigo brings extensive corporate finance experience in addition to strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills to the Board. Rodrigo is a Senior Finance Executive, with an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering and an MBA from Yale University with extensive work experience at a Fortune 100 global company. Throughout his career, he has successfully led many multi-functional teams, consistently building consensus and creating shared goals despite conflicting agendas. Born and raised in Brazil, Rodrigo looks forward to advancing the school’s mission of developing an academically strong and culturally aware student body, well poised to become future society contributors. Rodrigo has been part of the OCS family since 2017 and is currently the parent of a 2nd grader in the immersion program.

Ken Przywara
Secretary, AHEPA appointee

Ken is currently the Director of Infrastructure for a media intelligence company, managing IT resources in 250 locations in over 85 countries. Since earning a BA in Communications from the University of Delaware he spent the last 30 years in IT in both large international Fortune 100 companies and fast paced internet start-ups. He lives with his wife of 30 years in North Wilmington, and his two daughters are getting ready to leave the nest. Their youngest daughter Krista, was the first student to sign up for Odyssey Charter in 2006. He has been the AHEPA Chapter Secretary for the last 10 years. He joined to help the organization that founded and supported his daughter’s school. He volunteers with and supports a number of local charities, including PAWS for People.

Helen Anderson
Board Member, AHEPA appointee

Helen Anderson is a Wilmington native who still resides there with her daughter. Ms. Anderson is currently the Executive Director of Dual Generation Services for the State of Delaware. In her role she works with Wilmington families to bridge the gap between education and social services. Ms. Anderson’s passion for youth, has helped her to create a holistic initiative, that encompasses various State agencies and community partners to provide housing, employment, social service navigation, and educational opportunities.

Ms. Anderson is a former Special Education Teacher who took on the challenging role of working with some of our most vulnerable students in Northern Delaware. Her teaching methods were inclusive, allowing her students to truly flourish and be prepared for their future. Ms. Anderson enjoyed her time as a Dance and Senior class advisor at the school. In addition to teaching she worked as a Human Resource Director in the private sector for over 10 years. In her community, Ms. Anderson is a Director on her local Neighborhood Planning Committee, serving as Assistant Treasurer. She also teaches and organizes educational activities for the youth in her Church. Ms. Anderson earned a MBA and Masters in Education from Wilmington University.

Paul Brooks
Board Member, Non-AHEPA appointee

Paul Brooks is President of Brooks Machine Inc. Paul has spent over 37 years in the industrial machinery business servicing major steel suppliers, manufacturers and defense subcontracting clients. Paul has been a member of the Odyssey Citizens Budget Oversight Committee and has been its chairperson for the past year. He holds a B.S. in Organizational Management from Wilmington University. Paul and his wife Jenny are the parents of 2 children, who are OCS students.

Valerie Caras
Board Member, AHEPA appointee

Valerie Caras is an attorney at Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., focusing her practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation in Delaware’s state and federal courts. Valerie has a J.D. from Villanova Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Villanova Law Review, and a B.A. from Dickinson College. Prior to attending law school, Valerie worked in public affairs, serving as a spokesperson for a former Pennsylvania governor and developing communications strategies for political campaigns, candidates, and non-profit entities. Having grown up in Wilmington, Delaware and being involved in the Greek community throughout her life, she is enthusiastic to join the Odyssey family and help students succeed as world citizens.

Georgia Halakos
Board Member, AHEPA appointee

Georgia Halakos was born Wilmington, Delaware She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Delaware and has worked in real estate since that time. She is a Principal in Tsionas Properties, a real estate investment group with numerous commercial and residential holdings throughout the Delaware Valley region. She currently serves on the Parent Leadership Council at the University of Delaware and as the President of the Federation of Greek American Societies of Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley. Previously, she has served as Co-Chair of the Greek Festival in Wilmington. Together with her husband, Dimitris, she is proudly engaged with numerous local and national philanthropic endeavors.

Eva Jannelli
Board Member, Non-AHEPA Greek Program Teacher

Eva Mentzelopoulou Jannelli is a 5th grade Greek Language teacher and 6th grade Greek Art teacher at the Odyssey Charter School. In addition, she leads the Middle School Greek Art Club. Eva’s academic experience spans Europe and the US, and she is currently continuing studies at UD. Eva has been working at Odyssey since 2010, however her ties with the school go back to its inception. Eva welcomes the opportunity to help guide and support the mission of a school that has been so close to her heart for so many years. Eva lives in North Wilmington with her husband. She has two sons.

Maryann Yarram
Board Member, Non-AHEPA Teacher

Maryann has been with the Odyssey family for 10 years now. She first entered the Odyssey family as a parent when her daughter started first grade here. She then became a staff member when her son joined Kindergarten. During her 8 years as a staff member, she wore many hats – as a homeroom teacher, team leader, student advisor, testing coordinator, and currently as an interventionist. She had the privilege of working with students from grades 3-8 over the course of her career at Odyssey. Prior to entering the world of teaching, she worked as a journalist and was an assistant to a leading human rights advocate in India.

She is currently finishing her EDD dissertation at Wilmington University. She is also a recipient of the Harvard Club of Delaware scholarship to attend the Harvard School of Education 2020 summer program – Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership.

She hopes that she can transform her love for Odyssey Charter School and the potential the school holds to a meaningful future for all of our collective well-being.