John Papadakis is the Director of Enrollment Management, Technology & Communications at ACS Athens since 2006 and the school's certified Data Protection Officer since 2018.
After 14 years in the United States, where he served American K-12 education in different capacities as a Math teacher, tutor, and administrator, he returned to Greece with his family.
He received his DPO certification from TÜV Austria in 2018. His academic studies include an Executive M.B.A. degree from the University of Indianapolis (Athens Campus), a B.A. in Communications/Electronic Media/Broadcasting from Columbia College Chicago, and an associate degree in electronics engineering from Triton College, IL. He has extensive experience in radio/TV production and has worked as an editor/staff writer in weekly ethnic newspapers based in Chicago, IL. Mr. Papadakis was the Director of Communications of the Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) – North and South America Region, based in Chicago, from 1995-2001, covering and promoting the educational, civic and cultural activities of the ethnic Greek community on the American continent.
Personal business ventures include: a TV satellite company operating as a Dish Network dealer and distributor of Greek satellite TV channels in the Midwest; a weekly radio program promoting the activities of the Greek American community; and various business technology and communication consulting services to organizations and businesses in the Chicagoland area. After his arrival to Athens in 2001, he was involved in technology projects as a training consultant and as a project manager in new media related projects (e-commerce, online Content Management Systems, web 2.0, etc.).
Mrs. Irene Papadakis was born and raised in Honduras in a multicultural family with a Greek and Honduran descent. She holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy from the American College of Greece. She worked previously in educational settings as a teacher assistant and as a learning facilitator to academic support and encouraged students through their learning process.
As a counselor she has work individually and in groups with children and adolescents in school and university settings as well as with adults from diverse populations.
Mrs. Papadakis has participated in Deree's Psychology Symposium as a presenter and has also conducted a workshop to inform students about the importance of fostering healthy relationships. Her main research focused in the area of child abuse and vicarious traumatization of help providers. Her thesis research title "Helping Helpers Heal: Predicting Vicarious Traumatization among Mental Health Professionals working with Refugee Populations" has been accepted for international psychology research conferences in Prague and in Paris.
Ms. Tottas, currently the Assistant Director of Enrollment Management, has held several leadership positions at the American Community Schools, Athens. She holds her B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Ms. Tottas started her career at ACS Athens, in 1987. She has held numerous positions such as Business Office Assistant, Elementary School Clerk, Middle School Principal’s Secretary, Academy/Middle School Building Secretary. In addition to her responsibilities at ACS Athens, Ms. Tottas also takes pleasure in being strongly involved with student life, including Senior Class Advisor and Assistant to the Graduation Coordinator. Through all her capacities during these years, she has developed a unique insight of the school operations.
Prior to joining ACS Athens, Ms. Tottas was employed at Saudi International Shipping Company, located in Piraeus, where she worked in the Claims Department. She also enjoyed a 3-year career with SONY where she managed the Import Department of Greece. Her personal business ventures include a wide experience in organizing and setting up multiple trade shows and food expositions locally and internationally.
Ms. Tottas is an alumnus of ACS Athens, class of 1982. Her interests include music, travel, sports and reading.