Faculty Bios

Antonopoulos, Nikos

Pottery Workshop

Bachelor’s degree in Economics, University of Piraeus.

Born in Tripoli, Nikos Antonopoulos has owned a ceramic art workshop in Markopoulo Mesogaias since 2002. He studied Economics at the University of Piraeus, but in 1983 was attracted to the art of clay. He states that clay and its art is his «great love.» He has attended various seminars on ceramic techniques. His wife Danae works with him as a painter and, recently, their son Dionysis has also shown an interest in the art of clay. 

Deliyannis, Fern

Debate Coaching

BA in Speech and Language Pathology, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; MS in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Boston University.

Fern Deliyannis has been an English Language Instructor at Pierce – The American College of Greece for 33 years. EFL and ESL level courses taught include British and American Literature, Public Speaking, as well as senior electives in Current Issues and Literature, and Film. Deliyannis has been Faculty Co-Advisor to the Pierce Forensics Club (coaching Debate, Original Oratory, and Impromptu Speaking) and to the Harvard Model Congress Europe program. She has also been President of the Panhellenic Forensics Association (PFA) since its founding in 2004 (2004-2008, 2012-present). The PFA currently has 22 member schools, both private and public, from Athens, Thessaloniki, and Patras.

Doukakis, Spyros

STEM Approaches

BSc in Mathematics, University of Patras; BSc in Informatics, Technological Educational Institute of Athens; MSc in Computer Communications and Networks, Leeds Metropolitan University; MSc in Basic and Applied Cognitive Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Athens University of Economics and Business; MSc in Education, Hellenic Open University; PhD in Digital Technologies and Education, University of the Aegean;Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuroeducation, Ionian University.

Dr. Spyros Doukakis is a secondary education teacher of Mathematics and Computer Science at Pierce – The American College of Greece, as well as the Coordinator and E-tutor of the Pierce e-tutoring program. In addition, he is the Academic and Development Advisor at Pierce. Moreover, he holds the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor in higher education, and he is a certified teacher’s trainer. He has worked as a special advisor and scientific researcher for several projects of the Ministry of Education. For his work, he has been awarded by the Harvard Club of Boston, the University of Athens, and the Ministry of Education. He is the co-author of more than 80 articles in journals, conferences proceedings, and book chapters.

Glinou, Nektaria

Emotional Intelligence Workshops

BA in Psychology, Deree – The American College of Greece; MA in Special Education, Ed.M.  Instructional Practice in Special Education, PhD in Health and Behavior Studies, Columbia University.

Dr. Glinou has been working at The American College of Greece since 2006, as the school psychologist at Pierce with responsibilities ranging from individual psychotherapeutic intervention for students and parents, to in-class seminars and teacher training programs.  In 2010, she took upon an additional responsibility at Deree – The American College of Greece, namely as the developer of international interdisciplinary educational programs.  Nektaria Glinou received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology at Deree in 1994. Subsequently, she moved to New York City where she completed, on full scholarship, a Masters of Arts, a Masters of Education, and her doctorate, at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation received two national awards.

During the 11 years she resided in New York City she worked full-time as a special education teacher, developer of innovative educational programs, researcher, school founder and director, and as an assistant professor at Teachers College. While in New York she also received intensive training in therapeutic techniques through dance, theater and public art. She has created the parent-child kinesthetic program entitled dance together ©, has performed in numerous dance-theater productions, and has organized seminars and festivals that blend education, community contribution, and the arts.

Krassanakis, Stelios

Emotional Intelligence Workshops

Ptychion in Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, MA in Dramatherapy, Greek Association of Dramatherapists and Playtherapists-The English Institute of Dramatherapy.

Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, dramatherapist and theatre director. Scientific director of the drug abuse treatment center «THESEAS».Founder of the «Institute of Dramatherapy AEON», in 1991, offering treatment, research and educational training in dramatherapy up today, practicing his «model of 3 triangles».Editor of publishing series «Role in life-Role in theatre» .He teaches Drama therapy approach in the University of Athens and he collaborates with University of Thessalias, University of Peloponnisos and Harokopio University. Director of 23 theatrical performances in many theatres and festivals. He is a member of the Greek Psychiatric Association, President of the Art and Psychiatry branch, a member of the Greek Director’s Association, ITACA Association and the Greek Clinical Psychological Research Association. Founding member and ex-president of the Greek Association of Dramatherapists and Playtherapists (EDPE). Founding member of the European Federation of Drama therapy and member of the director committee.Many articles are published in books, in scientific journals and in psychiatric reviews.

Froustis, Ellen

Social Change Sessions

BSc, Arizona State; MSc in in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis; M.Ed Special Emphasis Counseling, University of La Verne, California.

Ellen Froustis is the Pierce University Counselor. She has qualifications as a UK Education Agent, career and psycho-educational testing and Adlerian therapy.  During the last 15 years, Ms. Froustis has served as a school counselor and Psychology instructor at local universities and IB Schools, initiated extensive student service-learning projects in Greece, published articles and presented workshops on youth leadership development and civic engagement. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit, EIMAI—Center for Emerging Young Leaders, and is the Regional Director of Peace Jam Greece, a youth leadership development program for schools that brings together youth ages 14-21, with Nobel Laureates of Peace for civic literacy, global awareness and community engagement. EIMAI was awarded by Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Mechu Tum of Guatemala the 2016, Hero Award, one of five global winners of the «Billion Acts of Peace Campaign» for a project that benefits unaccompanied refugee youth. She also has received the following distinctions for civic engagement projects with youth: Loukoumi-Make- Difference Award (2016); International Best Practices in Character Education (2014), Arete Award (2011), Nesa Civic Responsibility Award (2008, 2007).

Gyra, Violetta

Theater Acting Lectures

Violetta Gyra is a graduate of the Greek National Theater, and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio Theatre Company, New York. She is credited in film, television and theater productions in Europe and the Americas.  Her credits as a production manager include: EVROS WALK WATER II by Rimini Protokoll, Onassis Foundation Stegi, 2017; Dreaming Collectives by Rimini Protokoll, Staatsschauspielhaus, Dresden 2017; Faust by Katerina Evangellatos, HIGHWAY PRODUCTIONS, 2016; and 1984 by Katerina Evangellatos, LYKOS PRODUCTIONS, 2016. She’s also created an original, site-specific play entitled ROADTRIP (1, 2, 3) which took place within moving cars. The play ran during the years 2011, 2012, and 2015 in Greece.

Her theater credits include: Timeline project by V. Adamou, Spike heels in Circle in the Square, NY; Waxing West, Death of a Salesman, Gorky’s wife by E. Penga, kinitiras studio; Superheroes by E. Penga, dir. Patrick Morris, kinitiras studio; ELECTRA The Rewrite by Edward Pomerantz, Athens Fringe Festival (Electra)’ EXTRAordinary one woman show; Why Madonna and not me? by Μ. Κokoris, dir. Kalatzopoulos, DI.PE.THE.Veroias; Viva la Compagnia, Tejas Verdes, and many more. She has also appeared on TV and film, both in LA and Athens.  She had guest-starring roles on prime-time television dramas Ihni (MEGA) and Istories tou Astinomou Beka (ALPHA) in Greece. Lastly, Gyra also has an ongoing collaboration teaching different acting workshops with kinitiras studio in Greece, and at The American College of Greece, the Pierce Leadership Academy, and Millfield School, Wells, UK.

Koltsaki, Elena

Mediation Sessions

PhD in Law

Dr. Elena Koltsaki is a practicing lawyer-mediator and sits as a regular member at the Mediators’ Accreditation Committee at the Greek Ministry of Justice. She is currently the lead mediation trainer of the biggest public Mediators’ Training Institute in Greece (Bar of Athens).  She is the co-founder and co-owner of the Greek Mediation Institute, one of the leading Greek not-for-profit organizations for the promotion of mediation, and works as a mediation expert and consultant on several European and International projects with ADR Center – Member of Jams International (Italy). Dr. Koltsaki has over 20 years of experience in counseling, negotiations and litigation and has been an Expert Advisor to the Hellenic Parliament since 2004. She is also a Research Associate of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Athens.

Dr. Koltsaki is an accredited civil, commercial, family, and workplace mediator in the UK, USA, and Greece, with extensive and advanced training in mediation and negotiations (UK, USA – Harvard Negotiation Institute). Furthermore, she teaches law and ADR in Greece and Cyprus, lectures in national and international trainings, and has trained over 800 mediators worldwide. She also has extensive experience in designing and delivering specialized training programs. She is a board member at INADR (Chicago), a member of the General Sub-Committee of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) Appraisal Committee (Netherlands) and a pioneer in peer mediation programs in Greek schools.  She regularly participates in international competitions (ICC Paris, Oxford, Chicago) both as a professional judge and as a coach representing university teams with distinctions, and recently organized the first International Mediation Tournament in Greece for Students at The American College of Greece (INADR, May 2016).  She works in Greek, English, and French, and has some understanding of German and Spanish.

Salliari, Μaria

Theater Acting Modules

Diploma, The Athens Drama School, G. Theodosiades, BA in Spanish Language and Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Postgraduate Diploma in Acting, GSA-Guildford School of Acting

Since 2007, Salliari has worked at Pierce – The American College of Greece as a theater coach of the Greek Drama Club, the Pierce Summer Camp drama club, and the Forensics Club (oral interpretation of literature in English). She has attended theater workshops for professional actors and directors (theater direction with Nikita Milivojevic; dramatic storytelling techniques with Konstantinos Arvanitakis; Creative Collaboration: Art and Social Inclusion by the British Council) and has earned a scholarship from the Athens Festival to participate in Joseph Houben’s Devised Theatre Workshop. She is a professional theater and TV actress, and has also been employed as voice-over actress in English and Greek.

In 2008, she founded SYNTELESTES, her own theater company, devised and performed in TZIZ! Neoplasmatic Hysteria (2008) and GARNISH (2009). She also coaches the company theater workshop and has directed Gnorimies(2011), Thailanders (2012), Animals (2013), Sempreviva (2014) and Play On (2015). Since 2008, she has been employed to develop and lead various workshops for teachers, including: «Movement, Creative Dance and Physical Theatre» at Kinitiras Studio (2015), «Drama as a Tool for Foreign Language Teaching» (2015), and «Activities with Drama» (2011, 2013) organized by the Directorate of Secondary Education (MINEDU), «When Cervantes Entered the Classroom» (2012) at the 7th Athens International Conference: «Bonds of Solidarity» organized by the Greek TIE Network, and others.

Stamatellos, Giannis

Ethical Dilemmas and Games

MA in Ancient Philosophy and Classics, University of Wales Trinity Saint David; PhD in Philosophy, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Dr. Stamatellos is the Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Pierce, and an instructor of Philosophy at Deree – The American College of Greece. He has been teaching Ethics and Business Ethics at the Department of History, Philosophy, and the Ancient World, and also teaches the courses «Digital Citizenship: Netizens and Cyber Selves», and «Mediated Lives: Avatars, Cyborgs and Digital Selves,» in the context of the International Honors Program. In 2010-2012, held a post-doctoral fellowship position at the Center for Neoplatonic Virtue Ethics (CNVE), at the University of Copenhagen, and in 2011-2014, he was an external research associate at the project «Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies,» at the University of Oxford. He has worked as a philosophy teacher and instructor in the private sector, both at the pre-academic and academic levels, with specialization on computer ethics, epistemology, and ancient philosophy. He has published the book Computer Ethics: A Global Perspective (Jones and Bartlett 2007) and two more books on ancient philosophy, Plotinus and the Presocratics(SUNY 2007), and Introduction to Presocratics: A Thematic Approach to Early Greek Philosophy.  He has also published a variety of papers and articles on philosophy and classics. Currently, he is co-editing the volume Plotinus and the Moving Image: Neoplatonism and Film Theory (to be published by Brill in 2017).

Tsatalis, Yannos

Theater Acting Modules and Final Performance

Bachelor’s degree in Modern and in Ancient Greek Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Yannos Tsatalis has been a member of the Pierce faculty since 1991, teaching Modern Greek and Ancient Greek. He created the Greek Drama Club, the Art Days Club, and the Arts Days Festival at Pierce, and now Tsatalis is the Head of the Ancient Greek Language Department. During his studies, he learned Theater (Ancient Greek Drama and Modern Theater). He has also participated in several theater conferences, and is currently a graduate student at Deree – The American College of Greece, in the Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations.

Virvidaki, Katerina

Philosophy Modules and Film

Ptychion in Law, University of Athens, MA Film Aesthetics, D.Phill. English (Film Studies), University of Oxford.

She completed her D.Phil. in English in 2015 at the University of Oxford (Thesis Title: Testing Coherence in Narrative Film). During her studies, she taught French Cinema and published a chapter of her D.Phil. on the metaphysical aspect of the cinema of Terrence Malick in ‘Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism’ (Title: ‘The Inexpressible: The Sense of the Metaphysical in Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line’, Issue n. 5, Winter 2014). Her thesis is being published as a monograph by Palgrave MacMillan, Close Readings in Film and Television (Fall 2017).

She developed the Educational Curriculum of Pierce Leadership Academy at The American College of Greece.  She also taught courses in the area of Philosophy Modules and Film at Pierce Leadership Academy, which took place in June 2016.

She has taught Philosophical Aesthetics at the National Technical University of Athens (Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law).

She has also participated in philosophy conferences with papers on the relation between philosophy and art.

Her research interests focus on philosophical film criticism, philosophical aesthetics, art and ethics, history of aesthetic ideas and ekphrasis.

Vlavianos, Harris


BSc, Economics and Philosophy, University of Bristol; MPhil, DPhil in Politics and History, University of Oxford (Trinity College, Oxford).

Dr. Haris Vlavianos (born in Rome, 1957), is Professor of History, History of Ideas and Political Theory at The American College of Greece. He is also a well-known contemporary Greek poet, critic, translator and editor. His doctoral thesis entitled, Greece 1941-1949: From Resistance to Civil War was published by Macmillan in 1992 and won the Fafalios Prize. He has published numerous articles on contemporary Greek history and politics and ten collections of poetry, the most recent being Vacation in Reality (2009) [won the «Diavazo» Poetry Prize] and Sonnets of Despair (2011) [short-listed for the National Poetry Prize]. He has also published a collection of thoughts and aphorisms on poetry and language and poetics. He is the editor of the literary Greek journal Ποιητική (Poetics), considered to be the most prestigious literary journal in Greece. His poetry has been translated into German, Dutch, Italina, Spanish, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Albanian and Croatian, and has appeared in numerous European and American journals and anthologies. For his contribution in promoting Italian literature in Greece, through his translations and essays, the President of the Italian Republic bestowed upon him the title of «Cavaliere of the Arts and Letters».

Miropoulos, Artemios

Leadership Stories

Managing Partner

Author – Speaker – Developing Leadership Worldwide

Background and Expertise

Artemios Miropoulos worked a total of eight years in the Sales and Marketing departments of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Goods and as National Sales Manager with Beiersdorfin Greece. Since 2008 he is the Managing Partner of Linkage in Greece, the world’s fastest growing Leadership and Organizational Development corporation and has been a member of the Faculty of the “Global Institute of Leadership Development” (G.I.L.D.) in the U.S.

In 2015 he published his first book “The Nameless King-15 Stories of Leadership from Ancient Greece” and has been invited in many occasions as a keynote speaker and a workshop facilitator on the topic of Leading on Values through storytelling.

Artemios joined Response International, a premium Greek HR Consulting company,as a partner in 2000. He led the Learning & Development team and managed the company’s SE Europe expansion. Within a 6-year period he established HR Development offices in Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria together with the operations of Stanton Chase Executive Search. He is a Linkage accredited professional coach and has worked with senior and middle management teams of numerous organizations on Leadership Development Academies, Culture, Talent, Executive Assessment and Coaching Programs. His clientele include Accenture, Bayer, Friesland, Generali, Johnson & Johnson, ISS Facility Management, Intralot, Intrasoft, Kosmocar, MarfinBank, Mercedes Benz, Motorola, Pfizer, Piraeus Bank, Roche, Sap Hellas, Siemens, TUI, Volkswagen Audi and others.

He has initiated the foundation of the Hellenic Association for Customer Service and is the President of The American Chamber Leadership Committee.

Artemios holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Technology, Athens, a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, London and a MSc in HR and Performance Management from the University of Leicester. He lives in Athens with his wife Julie and their three daughters.

Korda, Maria

Human Rights

BA in Greek Philology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

MA in Trilingual Professional Translation (French-English-Greek), Marc Bloch University of Strasbourg

Maria Korda has been a member of the Pierce Faculty since 2015, teaching Modern and Ancient Greek Language and Greek History. Currently, she is the Faculty Advisor of the Greek Sunny Days Publication for the Pierce Gymnasium. She is participating at the educational programs of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet), as well as at the educational program for human rights “Speak Truth to Power”. In 2012-2015, she worked as a translator in the Editions Department of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO). In 2007-2012, she worked as a Scientific Assistant in the Hellenic Parliament, where her work focused mainly on human rights issues.

Despi, Ioli

Human Rights

MA in Information Communication Technologies in Education, King’s College London; Bachelor’s degree in Greek Philology, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Olga Despi is a Pierce graduate and has been teaching Modern and Ancient Greek Language and Greek History at Pierce for the last years. She created the Human Rights club three years ago with a co-teacher and then she took over the photography club. She never stopped being a Human Rights defender and she is participating at the educational program for human rights “Speak Truth to Power”. She has studied Greek Philology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with a specialization in Linguistics and she has an MA in Information Communication Technologies in Education from King’s College London. Her research focuses mainly on Greek Education and ICT. Nonetheless, she has attended many seminars and conferences regarding special education, and history in an effort to continue personal progress and training. She has attended international conferences where she has presented her papers such as: “A case study of e-tutors’ training program, Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training – ITHET 2013, Antalya / Turkey” and “Greek Secondary School Teachers’ Perceptions Regarding ICT and Greek Language/Literature, Proceedings of The 8th International Conference on e-Learning, Cape Town, South Africa, ACP”.