Board of Directors
Pinewood is governed at the highest level by the Board of Directors which operates according to a set of Bylaws of the Pinewood Corporation, originally approved in 1999 and recently updated and re-approved in 2012 and policies are currently under review. The Board of Directors is composed of the following nine members: four elected parent members, three appointed members, the U.S. Consul General and one faculty representative. The Board elects a President, Vice President and Treasurer from amongst its members, excluding the U.S. Consul General and Faculty Representative, in the first Board meeting after elections each year.
The officers and members of the Board of Directors for the academic year 2015-2016 are:
Ms. Maria Kling, President
Ms. Kling was born is Sweden and spent her formidable years in France. She served as CEO of Apollonia Hotel & Casino from 2005 to 2011. After her sister, Ingela Kling, took over as CEO, Maria became a member of the Apollonia Board and focuses on Specific Projects & Events in the Marketing & PR department. Prior to moving to Greece, Maria lived in Los Angeles where she worked in film and television.
Ms. Kling remains focused on supporting Dr. Giampapa and the teachers in continuing their notable work and efforts in developing stronger and more innovative academics, as well as enriching extracurricular activities with the means available.
Ms. Kling, who has lived in Thessaloniki for six years, has one child at Pinewood, Kiara, Grade 5. Ms. Kling has been serving on the Board since 2012.
Mr. Nikolaos Margaropoulos, Vice President
Mr. Margaropoulos was born in Thessaloniki and graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Law School after having studied three years at the Law Faculty of Macerata University, Italy. He is managing partner at SCIENTIA LEGIS–Margaropoulos & Associates Law Firm with offices in Thessaloniki and Athens. He has been the Honorary Consul of the Phillipines in Thessaloniki since 1996.
Mr. Margaropoulos has been honored with the title of Cavaliere dell’ Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana (knighthood) by the President of the Italian Republic and also with the FICAC (World Federation of Consuls) Medal of Honour.
Margaropoulos & Associates Law Offices is a member of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, the Italian-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce of Thessaloniki, of which Mr. Margaropoulos is a Member of the Board of Directors (2011-2013) and has served as elected Member of the Auditing Committee (2005-2007) and President of the same committee (2008-2010), the Greek-Turkish Chamber of Northern Greece, of which he is the Secretary General (2009-2010, 2011-2013) and the Hellenic-Filipino Chamber, of which he is an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors.
He is a member of various professional and social associations, including the Consular Corps in Greece (President in 2009-2010, Member of the Board of Directors since 2000 and Vice President in 2005-2006 and 2007-2009), World Federation of Consuls (Member of the Board of Directors 2009-2012, Member of the Legal Committee, Regional Chairman for South Europe & Representative at the signing of collaboration agreements with Prince Albert II Foundation and with the International Atomic Energy Agency), Propeller Club, Port of Thessaloniki (President 2008-2012), Dimitria Festival (Member of the Organizing Committee 2009-2010), Pinewood – The American International School of Thessaloniki (Board of Directors 2009-2014, President 2012-present), Transparency International, Macedonian Studies Society, Athens Club, Rotary Club of Thessaloniki – East (President 2007-2008), Rotary District 2481–Northern Greece – F.Y.R.O.M. Macedonia – Serbia – Montenegro (President of the Legislative Committee Fmr. Assistant Governor), AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association), Chapter HJ3 and Donor of AHEPA Hospital (President of the Auditing Committee for 2 terms), Anatolia College Alumni Association (Founding President of its Club Managing Committee), Friends of the Deaf of Thessaloniki (Secretary General and Chairman of the Public Relations Department for 4 years), YMCA, Thessaloniki Branch, Friends of the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki, Friends of the Macedonian Struggle Museum of Thessaloniki (Member of Board of Directors 2009-2011, 2011-2013), and Friends of the Poor Fraternity of Thessaloniki.
Mr. Margaropoulos is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish and has a degree in Sign Language. Mr. Margaropoulos has been serving on the Board since 2009.
Rebecca A. Fong, Consul General of the United States, Thessaloniki
Prior to her assignment to Thessaloniki, as a career Foreign Service Officer, Ms. Fong has served at the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan; the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria; the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan; the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq; the U.S. Embassy in Manama, Bahrain and as the Advisor on Financial and Investment Affairs at the U.S. Mission to OECD in Paris, France. During her public service career she also served in Algeria, Russia, Croatia and Italy. Prior to joining the State Department Ms. Fong was the Vice President of International Operations for The Gap.
Ms. Fong speaks Greek, Dari, Arabic, French, Chinese and Russian. She holds an M.A. degree in International Policy Studies and an M.A. in Russian Language and Literature. She is a graduate of the University of California with a B.A. in Russian Area Studies and B.S. in Biochemistry. She is a native of California.
Mrs. Annie Michailides, Appointed Member
Mrs. Michailides was born in Thessaloniki and graduated from Anatolia College. She studied Economics at A.C.S. American College of Switzerland, as well as Graphic Design in the Vacalo School of Arts in Athens. In 1980, she entered the tobacco sector of the family business. In 1988, she moved to the frozen foods sector “Uncle Stathis” as Marketing and Public Relations Director where she served as Vice President from 1990-1993. From 1993 to the present, she has served as Executive Vice President of EVIE Michailides S.A. and from 2003 to the present, she is Vice President of the Michailides Group of companies. In addition, since 2008, she has been General Manager of EVYP LLP, a company for the production of hydrolyzed plant proteins for use in Organic and Conventional farming.
Ms. Michailides is a member of the General Council of the Association of Greek Industries (S.E.V) and member of the Greek-Turkish board of S.E.V. She is a founding member and Second Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Greek-Turkish Chamber of Northern Greece. She also currently holds the notable positions of Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Association of Entrepreneurs, President of the Board of Directors of the Propeller Club of Thessaloniki and Member of the Board of Directors of Pinewood American International School of Thessaloniki. In 2010, through S.E.G.E. (Association of Greek Women Entrepreneurs), where she is a member, she joined the Female Entrepreneurship Support Network of the European Commission and was named “Ambassador of Women Entrepreneurs” in Brussels. She is an active member of the Hellenic Management Association in the sector of Women’s Organization of Managers and Entrepreneurs.
She is a founding member of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation and was a member of their Board of Directors from 1993 to 2009. She was also a member of the Board of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece for 12 years, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Thessaloniki for 4 years and of the Philanthropic Association “Storgi” for children with neo-plasmatic illnesses.
Ms. Michailides has one daughter. She has been serving on the Board since 2010.
Mr. Jimmy Giatas, Treasurer
Mr. Giatas grew up in Thessaloniki and graduated from Pinewood in 1996. After general studies at Boston University in the USA, he went on to complete a Bachelor’s in Economics from Vesalius College–Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Belgium and an MBA in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management from UBI United Business Institutes in Brussels, Belgium.
Mr. Giatas’ main operations are in the fur trade, having a warehouse in Kastoria and chief trade with China, Hong Kong, Denmark, the USA and Canada. He speaks Greek, English, French and Chinese.
He was brought up in Thessaloniki and resides here with his wife and daughter. Outside of Greece, he has been a short or long term resident of the United States (New York, Boston, Sacramento) of which he is a citizen, as well as Paris, Brussels, London, Southampton, Copenhagen and Hong Kong.
As an alumnus of Pinewood, Mr. Giatas has a longstanding relationship with our school, including sponsorship of the annual Ryan Giatas Award, an esteemed award given each year to one student in honor of his late brother. Mr. Giatas’ daughter, Poleta, attended Pinewood’s Early Years Program.
Mr. Giatas has a long-term interest in the school and is honored to offer his services to the Board of Directors and work collectively with the administration to maintain Pinewood’s competitive position as a premiere choice and opportunity for young people from Greece and around the world. Mr. Giatas has been serving on the Board since 2013.
Mr. Patrick Ersgard, Member
Mr. Patrick Ersgard is an actor/writer who was born in Sweden and received his formal education there. After several years in the Swedish film industry, he moved to Los Angeles, California. There, he continued his work in the entertainment business for another twenty years. He has spent more than twenty-five years in the Motion Picture business as an actor, writer and producer.
Mr. Ersgard, a citizen of both the United States and Sweden, resides in Thessaloniki with his wife and two children, Evelina, Grade 7 and Sophia, Grade 5, at Pinewood.
Mr. Ersgard has been serving on the Board since 2012.
Mr. Athanassios Chrysoulas, Member
Mr. Chrysoulas grew up in Thessaloniki and graduated from Anatolia College in 1987. He then went on to complete a Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Ludwig Maximillians University in Munich, Germany. His studies focused on strategic management and empirical business management research.
Currently, Mr. Chrysoulas is a shareholder and key account manager at Conetrans I.F.F. S.A International Freight Forwarding and Logistics Business Unit). He speaks Greek, English and German.
He is married to Fani Arpatzoglou, Counselor, Alternative Therapist, Shiatsu Therapist, and has one child at Pinewood: Konstantinos, Grade 10, and two daughters who graduated, Lydia in 2014 and Nepheli in 2015.
Mr. Chrysoulas has a long-term interest in the well being of the school and strongly believes that Pinewood has great potential as a leading academic institution in the city. He is honored to serve on the Board of Directors in order to contribute to the efforts for meeting the challenges of the future. Mr. Chrysoulas has been serving on the Board since 2013.
Mr. Todor Dimitrov, Member
Mr. Todor Dimitrov is a Bulgarian citizen, born in Russia, educated in Bulgaria, Austria and USA, who has been working and living in Thessaloniki since 2000. He holds a MSc. degree in International Accounting and Auditing, University of World and National Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, a MSc. degree in Economics and Finance, State University of New York, as well as a post-graduate degree in International Development, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna. Mr. Dimitrov also hold 6 international certificates in advanced performance evaluations of programs, projects and institutions, covering a wide range of sectors, including primary, secondary and higher education.
Mr. Dimitrov has over 25 years of professional experience in International Development and related performance evaluations, covering a large number of sectors and countries He started his career in applied research in Economics and Finance, at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna. He worked for think tanks, the European Commission, an International Development Consulting firm in Austria, and the Austrian Public Service Academy. Since 2000, Mr. Dimitrov has headed the department of Independent Evaluation at the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, a multinational Development Institution, operating in 11 countries. His duties consist of rigorous independent analysis of operational, financial and institutional performance of large projects in a variety of sectors. This requires adherence to the highest international standards, as well as extensive knowledge in analyzing data, institutions and finance, as well as human interaction which requires cultural sensitivity.
For the last 15 years, Mr. Dimitrov has followed the development of Pinewood. He has three children who have attended Pinewood since 2003, and two of his children are still in the school, Kalina Todorova, Grade 11, and Christo Todorov, Grade 7. Using his knowledge of the school history, combined with his professional background, Mr. Dimitrov hopes to enhance and elevate Pinewood. Mr. Dimitrov was elected to the Board in 2015.
Mrs. Dimitra Bentioulis, Faculty Representative
Mrs. Bentioulis grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and joined Pinewood in 2009. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Temple University and an M.A. in Education from Saint Joseph’s University, USA.
Curretly, Mrs. Bentioulis has been teaching Pinewood's Fourth Grade class. She has been involved in the Elementary Drama Club in recent years.
Mrs. Bentioulis has been elected Faculty Representative on the Board and has been serving on the Board since 2015. Additionally, she is the NESA Wider Circle Representative.
The school board meets each month when school is in session (September to June) on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the school's Conference Room. The exact dates are listed on the Pinewood Calendar of Events and all members of the Pinewood Corporation are invited to attend.Standard items on all monthly meeting agendas include:
Review of Minutes from previous meeting
Financial UpdateCommittee Reports
For direct communication with the Board of Directors Executive Committee, all Corporation members are welcome to email them at email@example.com
*Copies of existing board policies and approved minutes from all open meetings are available upon request in the Director's Office.