I love my family and my work. I grew up in harsh dictatorship conditions in Europe, where food was rationed and as a girl, I was not allowed to have goals or aspirations. My mother is a strong and independent woman, who recognized early artistic talents in me and pushed me to study ballet and drawing after school. She taught me to follow my dreams and not let anyone doubt me. After the communist regime fell, I immigrated to Greece where I learned the language and attended school while working in a candle factory. I eventually came to the United States when I was a teenager as an exchange student and was very lucky to be supported by a kind American family, who took me in and helped me through my undergraduate studies and my immigration process. In my formative years I learned quickly to rely on myself, to work hard, and to continue my studies in order to have a better life than what was planned for girls in my country. I am now exactly where I want to be. My career in the arts is deeply rewarding and my business is gaining international recognition and making my parents proud. I have devoted my work to helping people in need, those like me, and it feels right. I was that little girl, barefoot because the only pair of shoes were reserved for school, without a lot of food in her tummy, but with intense drive and belief in herself, and when I see that now in someone else I do everything I can to help. My life and career with my husband is driven by a strong belief that we must give back and support others where we can. I like to read, a lot, and trying to return to playing piano as I used to when I lived in Greece. I am very social and love being surrounded by our generous and loving friends in our community. They’re in the arts as well and I love that there is always an exhibit or event organized by our friends that we enjoy attending.