John Anastasiadis is an innovative designer and new product development specialist who is successful in creating internationally recognized consumer products. Having worked as a design consultant and as an in-house design leader, he is able to quickly and seamlessly integrate with other business units and teams. His portfolio of work ranges from soft-goods to consumer electronics to user experiences. John is a self-proclaimed geek and loves consumer electronics, computers and gadgets.
Patricia holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from Penn State and an M.S. from Drexel University in Interior Architecture and Design. She loves to work with people who truly love what they do and share her enthusiasm and optimism. Creativity is the way she expresses her passion for life. Growing up Greek-American instilled her appreciation of artisan traditions and a love of handcrafting, from an early age. Patricia worked for USAirways for 13 years and was privileged to travel extensively and to cultivate her interest in cultures, food and art. She is a freelance interior designer and the designer of Friday Rocks Jewelry.
The V. Rev. Nektarios Cottros is the Presiding Priest at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, and has been a clergyman in the Delaware Valley since 1996. When he is not at the parish, he can been found attending the various events of the Omogenia, always supporting the activities of the Greek American Community.
Born and raised in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Evan is from the heart of the Greekest community in the Philadelphia area. Evan is currently a professional musician for the popular Greek band SEIZMOS. He is also a key reporter for us here at Cosmos Philly. Evan's personality tends to show through whatever he does, so he KARA-ntees that you will be entertained!
Christina Karapalides was born and raised in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania (that's the end of the Main Line, as she likes to call it). She has many ties to the New Jersey Greek way of life because she has a lot of relatives that live there. Christina chose to opt out of going to college somewhere in the Philadelphia area and decided to branch out to the Greek society in Baltimore, Maryland. She currently attends Loyola University Maryland, and is hoping to attend Law School after.
Harry Karapalides is just a little Greek boy born and raised in Maple Shade, New Jersey (Exit 4 for you Jerseyites), moving to Upper Darby, Pennsylvania (known as Mikri Ellada) and remembering the journey through it all and eventually having a “stake” in this, the Cosmos Philly community.
Ο Γιάννης Κεΐσογλου ζει στην Ελλάδα, στα Ιωάννινα και εργάζεται ως δημοσιογράφος για την τηλεόραση του ALPHA συνεργάζεται με το Γαλλικό Πρακτορείο Ειδήσεων (AFP) την εφημερίδα REALNEWS αλλά και την εφημερίδα ΠΡΩΙΝΟΣ ΛΟΓΟΣ .
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area (Jersey side) John grew up with a healthy dose of Philadelphia sports and Greek culture in his life. His father’s family comes from the island of Andros while his mother’s family comes from Mytilini. His passion for sports is unmatched and he’s always up for some great sports debate. You can find him frequently at the sports complex in South Philly cheering (and booing) your local Philadelphia athlete.
Stephanie Toronidis. Born in Astoria, NY (are you surprised?) and raised across the Hudson, in Bergen County, Stephanie grew up in the arms of the St. Athanasios parish of Paramus, NJ. Although her American-school days were largely filled with Russian-Jewish friends (no complaints here), summers were spent redeeming her Greek roots (e.g. playing biriba with thia + thio and knitting tirlikia with yiayia).
So don’t let the blonde hair fool you (“re ‘si, den eimai germanida!”); she feels most at home sitting at one of those long rectangular tables, the [deafening] sound of the lyra or clarino in the air, with some bread, tzatziki and maybe a few retsines (Malamatina, please) for good measure… She’s recently joined the Cosmos Philly team as the resident college student blogger.
Constatinos P Xinos
Constatinos P Xinos is owner of Nova Mediterranean Grill in Villanova. He grew up in a small town named Levidi (never named Beaver) Arcadia Greece. "I love my family, food and Panathinaiko". Life has taught me not to take it too seriously so "oti fame oti pioume ki'oti..."