The Board of Directors (Spring 2012)

George Petrocheilos (President) was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He is currently studying at the Johns Hopkins University, majoring in Economics and Entrepreneurship & Management. He has also completed a Political Science program at Harvard University. He previously held the position of Vice-President of the HSA (2010-2011) and Executive Secretary (2009-2011). In May 2011 he became the new President of the club.

George has a great interest in business, and thus spends his winter and summer breaks either working for the family business in Athens, or interning for companies in the States, such as Constellation Energy (the only Forbes 500 company headquartered in Maryland), Agora, Inc. (one of the biggest publishing companies in the world), etc.

He is also very active in the Maryland Greek-American community, serving on several Boards and Committees. He is also involved with the campaigns of several Greek-American members of Congress.

George is fluent in Greek and English, and proficient in Spanish and German. He is also an Opinions Writer for both the Johns Hopkins Newsletter and the JHU Politik since 2009. He is also the Vice-President of the JHU Chess Club and has served as a Senior Advisor to the President of the College Republicans. He also enjoys playing soccer and squash.

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Menelaos 'Neil' Vranis (Vice President) is a first generation Greek-American who grew up in the outskirts of Washington DC.  He is a senior at the Johns Hopkins University majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Entrepreneurship & Management. He will be attending medical school next year as he aspires to become a clinical physician. During his time at Hopkins he played varsity football and professional soccer, qualified for the Dean’s List several times, served as the chairman of the JHU Ethics Board and has been inducted into the Omicron Delta KappaGolden Key and National Society of Collegiate Scholars honors societies.

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Markela Ibo (Executive Secretary) was born in Koritsa, Albania and moved to Greece at the age of nine. She graduated in July 2011 from the School of Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece with a degree in Chemical Engineering. In 2008-2011 she was awarded a fellowship from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for excellence in academic performance.

Markela has also participated in the seminar ''My First Job'' of the Department of Chemical Engineering of Aristotle University and she received a certification from the Hellenic Union of Chemical Engineers. She is currently studying at the Johns Hopkins University in the  Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as a PhD student of Professor Zachary Gagnon. Specifically, she is interested in microfluidic phenomena for biological and biomedical applications. She is using microfluidic devices to study cell signaling, and particularly how living migratory cells interpret and respond to shear stress (flowtaxis) and chemical gradients (chemotaxis) and the interactions between these stimuli when multiple signals are applied simultaneously.

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Theodoros 'Teddy' Manolatos (Treasurer) was born in Worcester, MA. He is currently studying a combination of Applied Math and Statistics, and Public health at the Johns Hopkins University with the intended application to Biostatistics or Mergers and Acquisitions in the biotech/pharma industry. He was a Lowell Scholar in the Mathematics department at Harvard University in 2009-2010 before enrolling at the Johns Hopkins University.

Teddy is currently working as a Biostatistician and Executive Assistant to the director of Biostatistics for YM Biosciences located in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. He has also worked since 2009 as the chief estimator for E. Comitas Painting, Inc. specializing in all commercial and industrial painting, and considered the leading LNG pipeline painter in the Northeast, where he has developed close to 30 new contractor relationships and is currently estimating over 500 projects per year.

He has native level proficiency in Greek, English, and Spanish. Apart from being the Treasurer of the Johns Hopkins Hellenic Association, he is also a member of the JHU Club Swim team, and a tutor of biostatistics in the Learning Den at JHU. In his spare time he devotes himself to High Powered rocketry where he holds a High Power Certification from NAR. He has also been an avid trader of stocks, options, and FOREX for the last 4 years. He was inspired by the simplistic design and far-reaching importance for the WaterFuse and thus chose to help develop this product into a successful reality in today’s marketplace.

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