Philoptochos of BostonMetropolis 2006 Honorees
Biographical Sketches

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The Reverend Dr.Diane C.Kessler

A graduate of Oberlin College and Andover NewtonTheological School, Rev. Kessler received an honorary Doctor Divinity degree fromEpiscpal DivinitySchool and has led the Massachusetts Council of Churches as its Executive Director since 1988. A renowned leader in the InternationalEcumenical movement,Rev.Kessler has authored two books: Parents and the Experts and God's Simple Gifts. She has edited and co-authored numerous other publications.

Dr.Mary D.Lekas

Author, surgeon, and educator, Dr.Lekas is recognized natinally and internationally for her distinguished career as an otolaryngologist and holds degrees from Clark and Brown Univesities and Athens Greece.She has been honored for her leadership in the medical field including being namedRhode Island Woman Physician of theYear and the establishment of theDr.Mary Despina Lekas,M.D., D.Sc. Endowed Chair in Biology at Clark University.

Dr.Zorica Pantic

As President of Wentworth Institute of Technology,Dr.Pantic oversees budgets of over $150 million, 3600 students and 400 faculty and staff. As the first female president in Wentworth's century-long history she is also the only female engineer to lead an institute of technology. Through her thirty yeasr career she has received numerous awards including the 2003 Woman Entrepreneur of theYear Award form the San Antonio Women's Chamber of Commerce.She holds Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees from the University of Nis,Serbia.


Mary Papoutsy is a Classicist with degrees from the University of SouthernMaine andRutgers University.She and her husband, Christos Papoutsy, have established a number of charitable ventures, including the JohnC.Rouman ClassicalLecture Series at the University of New Hampshire. She is an acclaimed author, educator, and public speaker and offers he many talent sto music, education, Hellenic genealogy and other ventures.

Catherine Pappas

A humanitarian and philanthropic leader, Mrs.Pappas, and her late husband, StephenPappas, established the Patristic Institute at Hellenic College/HolyCross School of Theology to advance th study of theGreek Orthodox faith.She supports numerous medical initiatives that strive to improve the lives of those afflicted by diseases, including innovative reseasrch to find a cure for brain cancer, a Dana Farber Cancer Institute program to transition children back to everyday life after their successful cancer treatment, and a Massachusetts General Hospital Neuro-Oncology Center.

(Posting date 15 November 2006

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