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3455ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR APPOINTED FOR ST. PHOTIOS NATIONAL SHRINE

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  • Fr John Brian
    Jun 30, 2005
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      Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005 4:32 PM
      ST. PHOTIOS GREEK ORTHODOX NATIONAL SHRINE


      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      June 30, 2005- St. Augustine, Florida


      ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR APPOINTED FOR ST. PHOTIOS GREEK ORTHODOX NATIONAL SHRINE

      On behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and the Board of
      Trustees of St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine, Executive Director
      Very Reverend Nicholas T. Graff has appointed Polexeni Maouris Hillier as
      Associate Director of this national institution of the Greek Orthodox
      Archdiocese of America.

      A native of Kingston, New York, Polexeni (well known as Polly), has been
      associated with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese for decades. A graduate of
      Hellenic College, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary
      Education in 1979. Upon her graduation, she joined the faculty at the
      William Spyropoulos Day School at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in
      Flushing, NY assisting with community youth programs. She also volunteered
      her services to St. Basil Academy, tutoring students throughout the 1980's.

      Mrs. Hillier joined the staff of the Mental Health Association in Ulster
      County while pursuing her Masters Degree in Professional Studies. Working
      in the community mental health programs, Polly eventually was appointed
      Program Director of Adult Services. During her tenure, she was responsible
      for implementing the first ever-integrated delivery system of community
      mental health services for the New York State Office of Mental Health.

      Further studies allowed her to train in psychiatric rehabilitation through
      Boston University's Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
      She has served as an evaluator on the Board of Registry for the
      International Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services as well as
      serving on the boards of the Special Olympics, Alzheimer's Association and
      the parish council of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Kingston, NY.

      Most recently, Polly and her husband Allan have traveled extensively,
      calling New Zealand home for the past two years. "I am excited about this
      opportunity offered to me to once again serve the Holy Archdiocese of
      America. I remember visiting the Shrine in 1992 and being overwhelmed by
      privilege?privilege to stand where the first Greek Pioneers, our
      forefathers, stepped upon the American continent."

      St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine in St. Augustine, Florida is a
      living memorial to the first Greek settlers on the American continent and
      to all the Greek Orthodox pioneers whose love of freedom and desire for a
      better life for themselves and their children brought them to the New
      World.

      Please contact Polly Hillier at 904-829-8205 or phillier@... for
      additional information.