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Elias Iliadis, MD, President of the Hellenic Federation of New Jersey

Elias Iliadis was born in 1965 in Neptune, New Jersey to Anthony and Sophia Iliadis, Formerly of Piraeus Greece and grew up in Monmouth County. He attended medical school at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. After completing his Internship and Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, he completed his Cardiology Fellowship at Rush Presbyterian St Luke's Medical Center in Chicago and advanced training in interventional Cardiology at University of Michigan Medical Centers. Dr. Iliadis is currently Director of Peripheral Vascular interventions, Medical Director of Non- invasive Vascular laboratories and Associate Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Cooper University Hospital, Camden NJ. Elias's community involvement includes member of the Parish Council, St Thomas Greek Orthodox Church, Cherry Hill New Jersey, where he has served as Chairman of the Education Committee, Secretary and Treasurer. He is a member of the Hellenic Medical Society of New York, a founding Board Member and past President of the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia, Secretary of the Federation of Hellenic Medical Societies of North America and is current board member and prior assistant treasurer of the World Hellenic Biomedical Association. Elias also serves on the Board of the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia and Vice President of the Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia. He is married to Katherine Dedes Iliadis, RPH, they have 3 children: Sophia 18, Nicholas 15 and Elena 12. The family resides in Moorestown, New Jersey.

Andreas D. Comodromos, Founding President

Andreas Comodromos was born in Vatili, Famagusta, Cyprus the oldest of six children. He immigrated to the United States in April of 1974 with his family and pursued a college degree. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Peter’s College in 1978, with a B.S. degree in Accounting and joined the accounting firm of Ernst & Ernst. He earned his CPA in 1982. He co-founded the accounting firm of Comodromos Associates, PA with his brother Michael and serves as president and managing partner of the firm, based in Paramus, New Jersey.

He has served as President of the Cyprus Federation of America for two consecutive terms, from 1991 to 1995. Andreas was received the offikion of Archon Dikaiophyax by his Eminence Archbishop Iakovos in 1996, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and of the Newcomen Society of America 1978 Award. In 2000, Andreas was honored as Man of the Year by Evangelismos Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Jersey City and in 2001 received the prestigious “Justice for Cyprus Award” from the Cyprus Federation of America. Andreas was elected to the National Council of the Order of Saint Andrew. He is a member of AHEPA, the American Institute of CPA’s, and the New Jersey Society of CPA’s. Andreas and his wife Anna reside in Kinnelon, New Jersey. They have two children, Eliza and Demetrios and three grandchildren.

Savas C. Tsivicos, Immediate Past President

Savas Tsivicos received his BS and MBA degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his post graduate degree from George Washington University. He is the president of Paphian Enterprises Inc. a consulting,engineering, general contracting and construction management company specializing in government contracts. He is married to Maria and they have three children. Savas is currently serving his fourth term as president of the parish council at St. George of Asbury Park. He is a member of the Metropolitan Council of the Metropolis of New Jersey, a member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and member of Leadership 100. Savas is also member of the newly established Hellenic American Heritage Commission of New Jersey, member of the Advisory Council of Queens College for Byzantine and Modern Greek studies, president of the Cyprus Children's Fund, president of the Ahepa chapter Thomas A.Edison # 287 and Lieutenant Governor of the Order of Ahepa 5th district. Savas has served as president of the Cyprus Federation of America for four years, president of the Panpaphian Association of America, president of COSMOS FM public radio, president of AHIPAC, and president and chairman of the Greek American Chamber of New Jersey.

Despina (Aivalioti) Kolokithas, General Secretary

Despina Kolokithas  was born and raised in Patra, Greece. She graduated in 1989 with a diploma in Business Management and has worked as an Office Administrator, a Greek-School Teacher and a Regional Branch Manager at a community bank. She is currently the Executive Director’s Assistant at Pan Gregorian Enterprises, Inc. in Kenilworth.

Despina is a member of the Ascension Greek Orthodox Church in Fairview where she has contributed in several committees for many years and also served as a Goya Advisor and a Volleyball Coach. She is the originator of the Ascension theatrical group “Thespis “ with sold out performances in Fairview and one in Astoria to benefit the Hellenic Relief Foundation. Despina also served as a Board Member in the Fort Lee Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Tenafly Chamber of Commerce.

She received her Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2007 and has been distinguished in publications, demonstrations and performances as an Assistant Instructor.

Despina has received recognition by different organizations in her community. She was honored by the Ascension Church Parish Council for her commitment in 2007 and received the Church Community Award by His Eminence in 2018. Despina and her husband Niko reside in Bergen County and have two sons.