The Maids of Athena Grand Lodge is made up of four 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.
Theodora Ronstadt was first initiated into the Maids of Athena (JACMA #40) in Chicago, Illinois in 2015. After serving for two years as chapter president for JACMA 40, she was awarded Maid of the Year by the Grand Lodge of the Maids of Athena. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from Dominican University majoring in Computer Science and is currently working on a graduate degree in Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University. She is currently working as a CMS Business Analyst for DEG Digital in Kansas City, Kansas. Her hobbies include traveling, crafting, being a foodie and trying new things. Theodora loves the Maids of Athena because of all the relationships that she made and the skills she has learned. She joined the Maids to help communities and make them better. She is extremely excited to be serving a second term as Grand President and hopes to help the organization grow. Theodora is currently the Grand Lodge liaison officer to Districts 20, 21 and 25.
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 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 most recently two terms as District Governor. She has been a pillar of both her home chapter and in 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 travelling, movies, and spending time with family and friends. She is very excited for her first year on the Grand Lodge serving as Grand Secretary. Mary is liaison to Districts 3, 4, 5, 9, and 11.
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. Maria is currently in the last year of her Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degree at Mount Royal University. In Maria's spare time, she enjoys playing soccer with the Calgary Rangers Soccer Club, watching hockey and football, traveling to the mountains, and being with her family and friends. 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 second term on Grand Lodge as Grand Treasurer. Maria is currently the Grand Lodge Liaison officer to Districts 7, 22, 23, 24, 26.
Grand Vice President
Maria Ana Pantelous
Maria Ana Pantelous reactivated the dormant chapter, Demetra #33 of Cherry Hill NJ, in late 2015. Taking a serious interest of 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 put District #5 back on the map with 4 reactivated chapters. She obtained her bachelors from Rutgers University in Health Sciences this past spring. 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. The friendships she has gained around the country are very cherished by her. This is her third year on Grand Lodge, second term as GVP and previously Grand Secretary, where she will continue to bring this organization into new heights. Maria Ana is liaison to Districts 1, 2, 8, 16, and 17.
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 second year serving on the Grand Lodge as Grand Governor. Rigo is currently the Grand Lodge liaison to Districts 6, 10, 12, 13, and 14.
I’m Kathy Leles and honored to serve once again on the Grand Lodge as Grand Advisor to the Maids of Athena. I come from Golden Gate District 21, located in the Golden State of California, where I have lived and worked in Tracy for 29 years. I am entering my 20th year as a teacher and will be teaching 5th grade this year. I have been married to my husband Nick for 34 years and have three grown daughters, two son-in-laws and a beautiful grandson. As an active member of Sparta #18, I continue in many capacities to work with my Sisters near and far and look forward to promoting more youth involvement in the AHEPA Family from coast to coast and to work with such fabulous women on the DOP Grand Lodge as well as with the young women of the MOA Grand Lodge. Together we will work that much harder to reach our goals, create special bonds with one another, promote our projects and continue to be an integral part of the AHEPA Family. Here’s to a wonderful year!