American International School of Thessaloniki, Greece

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 2016. 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 2016-2017 are:

  • Ms. Maria Kling, President
  • Mr. Nikolaos Margaropoulos, Vice President
  • Mr. Jimmy Giatas, Treasurer
  • Ms. Rebecca Fong, Consul General of the United States, Thessaloniki
  • Ms. Annie Michaelides, Appointed Member
  • Mr. Athanassios Chrysoulas, Member-at-Large
  • Mr. Todor Dimitrov, Member-at-Large
  • Ms. Cathy van der Ha, Member-at-Large
  • Ms. Monica Varsakopoulos, Faculty 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
Director's Report
Financial Update
Committee Reports

For direct communication with the Board of Directors Executive Committee, all Corporation members are welcome to email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Copies of existing board policies and approved minutes from all open meetings are available upon request in the Director's Office.

  • Born in Thessaloniki in 1965, Nikolaos K. Margaropoulos is the Honorary Consul of the Philippines in Thessaloniki since 1996.
  • He graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Law School, after having studied for three years at the Law Faculty of Macerata University, Italy.
  • Managing Partner at SCIENTIA LEGIS – Margaropoulos & Associates Law Firm with offices in Thessaloniki and Athens
  • Mr. Margaropoulos is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish and he has a degree in the Sign Language 
  • He has been honoured with the title of Cavaliere dell’ Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana (knighthood), by the President of the Italian Republic and with
  • The FICAC (World Federation of Consuls) Medal of Honour 
  • He is also a member of various professional and social associations:
    • Consular Corps in Greece (President 2009-2010, Member of the Board of Directors since 2000, Vice-President 2005-2006 and 2007-2009)
    • FICAC (World Federation of Consuls) (Board of Directors Member 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- April 2012)
    • Dimitria Festival (Member of the Organizing Committee 2009-2010)
    • Pinewood The American International School of Thessaloniki (Board of Directors Member 2009-2014) 
    • TransparencyInternational 
    • 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, donor of AHEPA Hospital (has served, for two terms, as President of it’s auditing committee)
    • Anatolia College Alumni Association (has served as founding President of its Club Managing Committee)
    • Friends of the Deaf of Thessaloniki (has served for four years -2 terms- as Secretary General and Chairman of the Public Relations Department)
    • YMCA, Thessaloniki Branch.
    • Friends of the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki 
    • Friends of the Macedonian Struggle Museum of Thessaloniki (Board of Directors Member2009-2011, 2011-2013) 
    • Friends of the Poor Fraternity of Thessaloniki
  • Margaropoulos & Associates Law Offices, is a member of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
  • Italian – Hellenic Chamber of Commerce of Thessaloniki, of which Mr. Margaropoulos is a Member of the Board of Directors (2011-2013), (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 Mr. Margaropoulos is the Secretary General (2009-2010, 2011-2013) and 
  • Hellenic-Filipino Chamber (Honorary member of the Board of Directors).