By Saint Sophia Philoptochos Society
Katrina Anast Beers honored at Saint Sophia Philoptochos Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show for her dedication and commitment to service beginning from 8 years old
Mother-of-the-Year Katrina Anast Beers was honored at Saint Sophia Philoptochos Society’s Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, CA. 350+ were in attendance to celebrate her service work including His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas who knew Katrina from her time in Hong Kong when she was there on a work assignment. The Very Reverend Father John Bakas, Father Chris Kolentsas, Katrina’s husband Greg, who serves on Saint Sophia’s Parish Council, daughter Anastasia and son John, parents Ernie and Joan Anast, brother William and his family along with dozens of relatives, friends, and koumbari were in attendance.
Katrina’s parents laid a foundation and example of a life of service both to church as well as to civic/scholastic endeavors. Starting with Philoptochos at the age of 8, Katrina helped at Easter picnics, festivals and other events alongside her mother and the cherished ladies of Saint Sophia Philoptochos. In junior high and high school, Katrina began serving on Saint Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Youth of America (G.O.Y.A.) board and began singing in Saint Sophia Choir with her mother. During her high school years, Katrina founded her high school’s Service Club and during her college years, Katrina moved from playing to coaching the young women of Saint Sophia’s Junior and Senior Girls’ basketball teams. For years, she led the Saint Sophia Philoptochos’ Debutante Ball committee with her family as crew members and has participated on the Mother’s Day Luncheon committees. Katrina is a member of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (P.A.O.I.), is active in her children’s classrooms, as well as the National Charity League with her daughter.
Katrina’s professional career has spanned 40 years in Aerospace and Engineering. Starting as a Software Quality Engineer at Hughes Aircraft directly after her marriage to Greg, Katrina was in the forefront of the development of a new discipline. As she rose through the ranks into different positions and to a new company called Raytheon, the foundation of “always doing the right thing” provided unwavering direction and success. Katrina’s most cherished contributions in her work life have been to ensure the highest quality of product entering our warfighters’ or civilian users’ hands, as well as the mentoring of peers and early career employees to success.
Dina Demetrius, Master of Ceremonies, oversaw the afternoon’s program including a heartfelt tribute to Katrina, entertainment provided by the Pasadena Civic Ballet Dancers, a fashion show provided by The Alley on Sunset and Mon Atelier and a Grand Awards drawing.
Many thanks to The Beers Family for the beautiful centerpieces, the generosity of the individuals and businesses who graciously contributed to the drawing and to Judie Christopoulos, Philoptochos President, for spearheading her supportive committee, including: Tina Callas, Melina Pyle, Mary-Kay Demetriou, Virginia Noyes, Christina Vlachos Peratsakis, Dina Demetrius, Allison Stavaridis, Patricia Skeriotis, Jayne Poullos, Eleni Yokas, Alexia Haidos Itzigsohn, Maria Toczek, Marianna Politis, Mary Gallanis, Despina Chiampas Johnson, Mary Tassop, Olga Jordan, Karen Scherrer, and Simona Rebiga.
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