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PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation Elects New Board


The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation (PHSF), America's largest scholarship grant foundation recognizing and supporting Greek American students, is moving forward with its 2014 awards distribution event after its recent installation of a new Board of Directors and Advisory Board.


The January 23 elections saw five new full Board Directors out of seven total positions, and eight new Advisory Board members out of 20 total. These governance teams guide, advise and support the Foundation in its continuing effort to donate an aggregate of $250,000 annually to numerous students. This tangible support helps immensely to offset the continued astronomically rising costs associated with higher education.


PHSF Chairman and Founder Chris P. Tomaras spoke to the new makeup of the two Boards. "I am grateful to those men and women who for years have served on our Boards and on whom I have relied for the effective operation of the Foundation. To those members whose term has concluded, I express my sincere gratitude for their service. And to those joining us for a new term, we eagerly look forward to receiving the benefits of their life experience and wisdom, going ahead."


The Foundation's bylaws dictate that directors serve a term of two years. As with all not-for-profit 501(c)3 organizations, the Directors carry a fiduciary duty as to their actions regarding their service to the Foundation. Their decisions by majority are binding on the Foundation. The larger group, the Board of Advisors, serves in the same order but with no fiduciary responsibility and with no binding capacity. 


Both boards serve in a voluntary capacity and are not compensated for their work. While members have no financial obligation to the Foundation, each Board offers much in-kind and other support in various other ways.



Mr. Chris P. Tomaras • Chairman/Treasurer

Mr. Robert A. Buhler • Vice Chairman *

Athan Tom P. Sotos, Esq. • Secretary

John W. Galanis, Esq. • Director*

The Honorable Paul Lillios • Director*

Mr. John G. Manos • Director*

Dr. George I. Skarpathiotis • Director*


His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos




Mr. Yanni Valsamas



George Alexopoulos, D.A. • Chairman

Constantine Georgakis, Ph.D.

Constantine Houpis, M.S.E.E.



Ms. Roula Alakiotou

Mr. Spiros J. Arvanitis

Mr. Peter Bartzis

The Honorable James Booras*

Mr. Dimitri Bousis

Dr. Thanasis Economou

Ms. Eve Geroulis*

Mr. Michael Halikias

Peter G. Karahalios, Esq.

Mr. Demitrios L. Kozonis

Ms. Maria Lampros*

Mr. Angelo Loukas*

Mr. Gus (Kosmas) Pablecas*

Dr. Peter Panton

Dr. Tom A. Petropulos

George Reveliotis, Esq.*

Dr. John Sarantopoulos*

Dr. George Sianis

Mr. Bill J. Vranas*


*Denotes new member




MR. CHRIS P. TOMARAS – Chairman/Treasurer

Chris P. Tomaras is a businessman and an active member in leadership positions in the Greek American Community in the U.S.  He founded the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation in 1998 and believes strongly in preserving the values of Education and Hellenism for the Youth of our Community.


MR. ROBERT A. BUHLER – Vice Chairman

Until recently, Mr. Buhler was President & CEO of Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin, Inc. which he owned and operated for several years until the company was recently sold. Prior to the Open Pantry, he managed the Capital Markets Group and also served as an investment banking professional with Canadian Imperial Bank and ABN-AMRO Bank. He is a Board Member with the National Association of Convenience Stores, as well as an active member of the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketer Association of Wisconsin and many others.


ATHAN TOM P. SOTOS, ESQ. – Secretary

Athan Tom Sotos is an attorney with roots in Chicago.  A graduate of Loyola University and Chicago Kent College of law, he has been practicing law since 2002. He is the principal of Sotos Law firm in Chicago. He is also a member with interest in The Shops LLC, a Chicago real estate enterprise, and the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in the Chicago Loop.


JOHN W. GALANIS, ESQ. – Director

Mr. Galanis is an attorney and partner in a large law firm based in Milwaukee, WI.  He has been a significant contributor in many ways to the Greek American Community in Wisconsin, and has been instrumental in generating funds for the expansion of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wisconsin.  He has served on the Supreme Board and held several offices in the Executive Board of AHEPA. Mr. Galanis was recently elected as the Supreme Secretary of AHEPA



Judge Lillios currently lives and works in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Iowa and Creighton University School of Law, and has experience as a special deputy sheriff, correctional officer, federal prosecutor and judge. He currently is the Chief Judge for Social Security Administration. He is a member of several Boards including the National Archdiocesan Council.  He has a passion for the performing arts and his feature film debut was in 2011's “Without Borders.”


MR. JOHN G. MANOS – Director

John G. Manos has been the President of Southern Region at Bank Financial FSB., a subsidiary of Bank Financial Corp., since 2006. Mr. Manos has held various positions with Bank Financial since 1999, including Senior Vice President of Regional Commercial Banking. Prior to joining Bank Financial, Mr. Manos was the Manager of Commercial Lending for Preferred Mortgage Associates.  Until recently, he also served as the President of the Pancretan Association of America.



Dr. Skarpathiotis is a graduate of the National University of Athens, Faculty of Medicine, in Greece, class of 1977.  He is trained in General Practice and founded George Skarpathiotis & Associates in 1987, which has now grown into three offices that cover the South Suburbs of Chicago. He is a specialist in Pediatrics and has been recognized by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd and published in New York Times as one of the best Pediatricians in America.