The Maids of Athena Grand Lodge is made up of five exemplary members from across the continent. The Grand Lodge is led by the Grand President, who is the highest-ranking member of the MOA. Her lodge consists of the Grand Vice President, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer, and Grand Governor. The Grand Advisor to the Maids of Athena is a member of the Daughters of Penelope Grand Lodge elected based on her desire to help the Junior Auxiliary Order. Grand Lodge positions are elected annually at the AHEPA Supreme Convention.
Maria Ana Pantelous reactivated the dormant chapter, Demetra #33 of Cherry Hill NJ, in 2015. Taking a serious interest in this organization, she stepped up to lead the chapter as a two-term Chapter President. As she passed on the reigns to the next Chapter President, she looked into other communities where chapters could be reactivated. She obtained her bachelor's from Rutgers University in Health Sciences in 2020 and is currently working at a physical therapy clinic. Maria Ana enjoys soccer, basketball, watching football (#FlyEaglesFly), traveling, photography, and being with her family and friends. She loves the Maids of Athena because it unites the Greeks across the country and world through a common mission and sisterhood all while promoting opportunities to grow as an individual and as a leader. The friendships she has gained around the country are very cherished by her. This is her fourth year on Grand Lodge, with previously serving two terms as Grand Vice President and one term as Grand Secretary. She is excited to bring this organization to new heights and put the Maids of Athena #MOAbackontheMAP. Maria Ana is the liaison to Districts 1, 25, 26, 27, 28.
Maria Ana Pantelous
Grand Vice President
Mary Bellissimo was first initiated into the Maids of Athena (Venus #13) in Toronto, Ontario when the chapter was reactivated in 2012. She served one term as Recording Secretary and two terms as Chapter President. She was awarded Worthy Maid of the Year by the Grand Lodge of the Maids of Athena following her second term. In 2016, she reactivated the District 23 Lodge where she served two terms as District Lieutenant Governor and two terms as District Governor. Most recently she served one term as Grand Secretary. She has been a pillar of both her home chapter and District 23, helping to grow membership in the chapters and inspire others to take on leadership roles at the local and district levels. She loves the Maids of Athena because of the lifelong friendships she has made across Canada and the United States. Mary has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ryerson University, and in her spare time she enjoys traveling, movies, and spending time with family and friends. She is very excited to serve as Grand Vice President this year. Mary is liaison to Districts 2, 4, 9, 11, and 12.
Peggy Polydoros joined the Maids of Athena in January 2018 when she reactivated her home chapter of Rodanthi #41 in Houston, TX. She served two terms as Chapter President followed by two terms as Corresponding Secretary while being the District Contact for District 16. She earned Chapter President of the Year and helped Rodanthi #41 achieve the Breakout Chapter of the Year award for the 2018-2019 year. Peggy is a senior at Rice University double majoring in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations and English and double minoring in Anthropology and Museums & Cultural Heritage. She studied abroad in Athens, Greece for five months; it was during that experience that she was installed as Grand Secretary at the 99th AHEPA Supreme Convention. Peggy also serves on Orthodox Christian Fellowship's Student Leadership Board and is the Treasurer for the Rice Owls Dance Team. She loves Maids of Athena because it enables young women to turn their interests into transformative leadership opportunities with the help of lifelong friends. Peggy is the Grand Lodge Liaison officer to Districts 8, 16, 20, 21, and 22.
Rigopoula “Rigo” Nasopoulos reactivated the Olga Moutselos Chapter #255 in Brooklyn, New York in 2016. She has resided as a two-term Chapter President and the Chapter Treasurer. Since their reactivation, they have won both Breakout Chapter of the Year as well as the Philanthropic award. She felt that reactivating the Olga Moutselos Chapter would have a lasting positive impact on her community. The experience of managing and leading the chapter has proved to be extremely valuable to her. It has brought together young women in the community that otherwise would never have crossed paths and believes it truly embodies the ideals of our order. Rigo graduated from Baruch College with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance and is now going on to obtain her Master’s in Accounting from Touro College. She currently works as a Junior Accountant for A. Kozak Accounting Company in Manhattan. In addition to her studies, she coaches GOYA basketball for her community church of Holy Cross Brooklyn, and referees youth soccer. She loves the Maids of Athena because of what it has given to her, and what it will continue to give to countless young women. She has forged lifelong friendships and has been able to give back to her community on a much larger scale. This is her first year as Grand Treasurer after serving two years on the Grand Lodge as Grand Governor. Rigo is currently the Grand Lodge liaison to Districts 3, 5, 6, 7, and 10.
Maria Kanatas has been a member of the Maids of Athena (Cassandra-Hera #185) in Calgary, Alberta since 2010. She has served two-terms as Chapter Corresponding Secretary, two terms as Chapter Vice President and one term as Chapter President in her ten years of being in the Maids of Athena. In Maria's spare time, she enjoys playing soccer with the Calgary Rangers Soccer Club, hiking in the Rocky Mountains, watching hockey and football, and being with her family and friends. Maria has a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degree with a minor in Business of Sport and Recreation from Mount Royal University. She loves being part of the Maids of Athena, as she has been exposed to what it truly means to be a philanthropic organization, as well as she has created many new lifelong friendships throughout North America. Maria is very excited for this upcoming year as she serves a third term on the Grand Lodge as Grand Governor. Maria is currently the Grand Lodge Liaison officer to Districts 13, 14, 17, 23, 24.
My name is Patty Didik, and I am honored to announce that I am the Grand Advisor to the Maids of Athena for the 2021-2022 year. I have been actively involved with the Daughters for ten years. My home chapter, Eros 356, is in New Port Richey Florida, Citrus District 2. I served as Chapter Corresponding Secretary for two years and Chapter President for three. I currently serve as the Parliamentarian for my chapter and the Chair for our Pack a Sack for Kids program. In our District, I served in all the offices of the District Lodge except for the Marshall. I have been married to my husband Steve since 1988. Our children Steven, Christopher and wife Daniela, and Kevin are the center of our world. We have our first grandson Luke due on October 16th and are beyond words excited. I am employed at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club as the controller and have worked there for 40+ years. To be the Grand Advisor to the Maids of Athena is a dream come true. I have the opportunity to work with and support the young women of our future. I also get to be a part of the dynamic group of Sisters on the Grand Lodge; the best of both worlds! I am excited about the journey and look forward to working together with all of you.
With Love in Theta Pi,