Mary Boufis Filou, Ph.D.
Elected Grand President of Daughters of Penelope 

The Important Journey Will Continue

BOSTON—The Daughters of Penelope Grand President for the 2005-2006 administrative year is Mary Boufis Filou, Ph. D.

“I am honored to have the confidence of the dedicated and accomplished women of the Daughters of Penelope and to serve in the position of Grand President,” expressed Filou. “I will continue the important journey, inherited from our classical forebears, to promote Hellenic values through our dedication to education and outreach to those most in need.”

Grand President Filou resides in Islip, New York and is the founding president of Clytie Chapter 280, St. James, NY as well as the founder of Aega Chapter 357, Blue Point, NY. Her service to the Daughters of Penelope has been an important part of her life and she has held numerous positions on the chapter, district and national levels. Grand President Filou is a past president of the Daughters of Penelope Foundation.

Grand President Filou expects a productive and fulfilling year that will see a proactive Public Relations/Marketing effort and a revitalized Growth and Expansion program. The District Governors will meet in Washington, D.C. in September for a Seminar where the year’s programs will be introduced for

“A family trip to Greece September 15th will give me the opportunity to visit the Daughters of Penelope Chapters in Athens and meet with the District Governor,” explained Ms. Filou. The chapter in Sparta, Greece will host a luncheon in the Grand President’s honor.

In October, Grand President Filou will travel to Australia to take part in the National Convention.

The other newly elected officers of the Grand Lodge include: Grand Vice President Georgia Psichogios, Westmont, IL; Canadian President Despina Chrisohou, Calgary, Alberta; Grand Secretary Karen Stamatiades, Stone Mountain, GA.; Grand Treasurer Barbara Stavis Wolf, Covington, LA.; Grand Governor Zone I Sherry Dingas, Hopewell, VA.; Grand Governor Zone II Elaine Sampanis, West Chester, OH.; Grand Governor Zone III Christine Constantine, Vernon Hills, IL.; Grand Governor Zone IV Mary Pazeotopoulos, Portland, OR.; and Grand Advisor Maids of Athena Dianna Rakus, Seattle, WA.

Grand President Filou received a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in December 2004 in Hispanic Languages and Literature. She is a graduate of Barnard College and holds a master’s degree from the Smith College School for Social Work, as well. As clinic administrator for several Suffolk County Mental Health Clinics, Mary established the award winning Suffolk County Jail Mental Health Clinic, a model nationwide for jail suicide prevention. Currently, as a PT consultant, she counsels and evaluates Spanish speaking inmates. Her daughter, Rosemary Filou, is an attorney in Washington, D.C.

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is the largest and oldest American-based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization. Its scope is international with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus, and "sister" chapters in Australia and New Zealand under the auspices of AHEPA Australasia. AHEPA was founded on July 26, 1922 in response to the evils of bigotry and racism that emerged in early 20th century American society. It also helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society. Today, AHEPA brings the ideals of ancient Greece, which includes philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence to the community. The AHEPA family consists of four organizations: AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena. For more information about the organization or how to join, contact AHEPA Headquarters (202-232-6300) or visit the organization's newly redesigned website at

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