Josiah R. Wolcott, Esquire
President

Josiah R. Wolcott is a partner at the Wilmington law firm of Connolly Gallagher LLP, but practices primarily in Newark, representing both individuals and companies in a wide array of legal matters. He received his J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Delaware. Mr. Wolcott is a lifelong Delawarean and lives in Wilmington with his wife and three boys, all of whom attend Odyssey.

 

The Honorable Abigail M. LeGrow
Vice President

Abigail LeGrow is a Judge of the Delaware Superior Court. Before being appointed to the Superior Court by Governor Markell, Mrs. LeGrow previously served a Master on the Court of Chancery and as an associate at the law firm of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, where she specialized in corporate and commercial litigation. Mrs. LeGrow received her J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law and her B.A. in political science from Susquehanna University. She resides in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband and two children.

 

George Hantzandreou, BS
Treasurer

George Hantzandreou is currently Treasurer of the Odyssey Charter School Board. In 2001, Mr. Hantzandreou received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Delaware, as well as a double minor in Economics and Management Information Systems. He is currently a IS Coordinator with New Castle County where he supports and maintains multiple applications and projects. Mr. Hantzandreou has also served as President and Treasurer of AHEPA, the founding organization of the Odyssey Charter School. Mr. Hantzandreou helps out at his family run business, Libby’s Restaurant. He resides in Wilmington, Delaware, along with his wife and daughter.

 

Laura Thompson, MA
Secretary

Laura Thompson is currently Secretary of the Odyssey Charter School Board. She has a masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University with an emphasis in Cognitive Psychology and Intelligent Technologies. Mrs. Thompson has been an educator for over 18 years and has taught in Michigan; Texas; and here in Wilmington, Delaware. Also, having served as a MetLife Fellow and a Hope Street Group Fellow, Mrs. Thompson brings to this role a national view of education. Additionally, she tutored students in Chisinau, Moldova, was a Fulbright Memorial Fund traveller to Japan – this contributes to an international perspective. As a 6-year Odyssey parent, Mrs. Thompson has seen the school as it has grown and is looking forward in participating as the school expands.

 

Elias Rigas
Board Member

Elias Rigas serves as the acting Director of the Vehicle Technology Directorate at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Elias has spent nearly 30 years in the public sector working in management of research and development programs for next generation technologies. 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.

 

Tami Soltow
Board Member

Tami Soltow is the 8th grade Science teacher at Odyssey and also serves as the Chairperson for the Science Department. Tami graduated from Rowan University with degrees in Biological Science and Secondary Education. While teaching, she earned her Juris Doctorate from Widener Law. Tami decided to return to her true passion, teaching, and was named the 2015 Red Clay Teacher of the Year, 2015 Delaware Law Teacher of the Year and awarded a Superstars in Education Award for her Dual Enrollment Distance Learning Class. She lives in Hockessin with her husband and two children, both of whom attend Odyssey.

 

Michael L. Kirifides, MS, PhD
Board Member

Dr. Michael L. Kirifides is an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Program of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. He joined the Department of Health Sciences at Drexel University in 2008. His primary areas of instruction include Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, and Toxicology. Furthermore, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor for the Physician Assistant graduate program of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2009. Previously, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia where he taught graduate Physiology and Pharmacology in the Doctorate of Pharmacy program. In addition to instruction and course directing his professional responsibilities include course and curriculum development.
Dr. Kirifides he earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Drexel University School of Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1984 and Master of Science in Gerontology Administration in 1989 from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Kirifides’ commitment to education includes advising the Health Science students in career planning and is an active member of the Careers Beyond the Bench committee for the Graduate Health Sciences Program of Drexel School of Medicine. He has also had the privilege to teach 7th & 8th grade Sunday school from 2003 to 2014 for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington Delaware.
Dr. Kirifides was born and raised in Delaware. His service to the community includes being a three (3) term Board Member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and two (2) term President of the American Hellenic Education Philanthropic Association (AHEPA) Chapter #95 in Wilmington, Delaware. Additionally, he served on the By-laws committee of the Chalfonte Civic Association and the By-laws committee to Odyssey Charter School.

 

Michael Klezaras, Jr. BA MA
Board Member

Michael Klezaras, Jr. is Financial Center Operations Manager at Bank of America’s Kennett Square, PA Financial Center. Previously, he was in radio advertising sales and sales management at Wilmington stations, as well as Philadelphia, Worcester, MA, and Fredericksburg, VA, among others.
Mr. Klezaras has also served as President of Wilmington Chapter #95, Order of AHEPA, the founding organization of Odyssey Charter School. During his term as President, the Chapter By-Laws were overhauled, the Scholarship Fund (the seed money for Odyssey) grew dramatically, and the Chapter was recognized as the Outstanding Chapter in John G. Thevos (New Jersey & Delaware) District #5.
Mr. Klezaras has been very active in church and community organizations, having served on the Parish Council at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington, over 20 years of marketing Wilmington’s Holy Trinity Greek Festival (including being General Chairman) and on the Parish Council at St. Spyridon Cathedral in Worcester, where he was Chairman of the Stewardship Committee. He has been Ambassador at Chambers of Commerce from North Carolina to Massachusetts. He has also been Master of Ceremonies at numerous church and civic events, including the Metropolis of New Jersey Sights and Sounds Festival and Odyssey’s 10th Anniversary celebration.
Mr. Klezaras earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Communication from the University of Delaware. He is the father of three adult children and grandfather of two grandsons (students at Odyssey). He lives in Newark with his wife Katherine.

 

George D. Moutsatsos, M.D., FACC
Board Member

Undergraduate: Tufts University
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson Medical School
Residency: Georgetown University Hospital
Cardiology Fellowship: Georgetown University Hospital.
Cardiovascular Research : NIH
Attending Physician: Christiana Care Hospital
Private Practice: Westover Cardiology
Immediate Past President and Governor of Delaware Chapter of The American College of Cardiology
Past President of The DE-Chapter of The American Hellenic Institute 2010-2017
Married with 2 sons