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THE TEAM
THE TEAM
Tassos Smetopoulos

Founder & Coordinator

Tassos was born and raised in Athens. He has 10 years of experience with addictions, he has participated in the first Training for the Trainers, organized by the International Network of Social Streetwork “Dynamo” (Lisbon, 2013). He is the inspirer and creator of 9 social programs, as an Outreach Worker he has accumulated almost 4500 hours of street work and he has actualized 15 educational workshops. Last but not least, he has travelled to Europe (UK – London, Newcastle, Southampton), in order to get to know similar organizations and social programs.

Sofia Pantoula

Streeter & Fundraising Manager

Sophia studies Business Administration at the Athens University of Economics and Business. Her first contact with volunteering was in 2014, when she volunteered in a sos children’s village in Serbia. After that, she came to Steps, where she is actively involved in the Street Embrace department.

Konstantina Kappou

Fundraising Manager

Konstantina was born in Athens and is a student in the department of Business Administration and Management at the Athens University of Economics and Business. Through a random school project she met Tassos, and feeling amazed by his attitude and energy, she didn’t hesitate to become a member of Steps, before it was even created. Her main interests are literature, foreign languages and travelling.

Mary Voulyari

Streeter

Mary was born in 1992 in Athens, where she was also raised. She studied sociology in the University of the Aegean and now she is finishing her Master’s degree in “European Societies and European Integration” in the same university. During her internship, she worked as an assistant in the social service of the migration confinement centers of Amygdaleza and Petros Rallis. She participates in One Stop from the beginning. She loves dancing, travelling, reading and music.

Regina Koukou

Streeter

Regina was born in Athens, Greece. She studied Graphic Arts at Vakalo College S.A., in Athens and Screen Printing in London. She also kept a workshop in Screen Printing between 1990 and 2000 and at the same time took part in various Art and Photographic Exhibitions using advanced techniques. She later went on to work as a real estate agent. She is very fond of animals and their welfare. She loves to travel, listens to a diversity of music and maintains her interest in photography. She joined a voluntary group “Gefyra” in 2015. Currently she is an active member of voluntary actions group “Steps” and is also involved fully in “One Stop” actions as well as the Street Embrace group.

Vera Baxevanidou

Streeter & Founding Member

Vera was born in Athens and raised in Yiannitsa. She is a social worker that graduated from the Democritus University of Thrace. As a volunteer, she has tried several different fields, starting by doing her internship in the field of education and health. In 2015 she worked with people with disabilities at the workshop of Bethel organization in Bielefeld, Germany (v. Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel) and in the Janusz Korczak, which is a Special- Transition School of Bethel organization, in Vechta, Germany. From September of 2016 she has been living in Athens, is an active member of Steps and is a part of the Street Embrace team.

Thomas Gkazelis

Photographer

Thomas was born in Athens in 1995. He studies in the department of Photography and Audiovisual Arts of the Faculty of Art and Design, Technological Educational Institution (TEI) of Athens. He is an active member of “Zeuxis ArtGroup” and New Media Art and works at the www.photopress.gr agency.

Emmanouela Soldatou

Streeter & Communications Manager

Emmanouela studies Economics in the Athens University of Economics and Business, always looking for the society within the economy. She attends an MPhil in Development Studies at Cambridge University – focusing in countries/social groups in need. A good friend was the reason for meeting Steps and Tassos. From Autumn 2017 she volunteers as a Streeter and “One Stop” member while from Spring 2018 she supports the team at a proposals synthesis and representation level towards their wider cooperations. Apart these, she adores sports, loves music and enjoys excursions.

Tatiana Bajaj

Streeter

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Tatiana after finishing her studies at the University of Crete, in the department of Psychology, she lives and works in Athens as a Psychologist- Special Educator. When she got associated with Social Street Work for the first time in 2015, that time was of great significance for her. After that point, her responsibilities were to be a moderator in the team and also a special consultant during training of new street workers, responsibilities that she also keeps in Steps. Her favorite habits are books and talking with friends.

Maria Nisotaki

Streeter

Maria was born in Crete. In the summer of 2017 she completes her studies in Business Administration at the Athens University of Economics and Business. Her passion, however, is journalism and specifically journalistic documentary and photojournalism, an “unstoppable” movement and action in life. That’s why she loves the sea, swimming and all sorts of “voyage”. She has been amateur with the theater since 2014 and is currently a member of “Primavera” theatrical group. In “STEPS” she writes articles and and is a member of “One Stop” and “Street Embrace” projects.

Anna-Maria Kotsopoulou

Streeter

Born in 1985 and raised in Athens. She graduated from the department of Social Work of the Technological Educational Institution (TEI) of Athens and her main interests are social work and volunteering. Her hobbies are painting, travelling and she has a great love for animals. As a Streeter, she offers voluntarily help to fellow citizens that are street connected or impoverished in the streets of Athens.

ACADEMIC ASSOCIATES
Vasileia Digidiki

Vasileia Digidiki is a social and forensic psychologist and a Harvard University Instructor. She earned her PhD in social psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds two master’s degrees, one in forensic psychology and one in social psychology. Digidiki completed her post-doc on child protection challenges in humanitarian crises at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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She currently leads the Center’s research on refugee and migrant child protection in the Mediterranean Basin, with a special focus on the sexual exploitation of refugee and migrant children. She has worked extensively on sex trafficking, victim and client blaming and its impact on re-victimization, and social attitudes towards the phenomenon. In collaboration with Fletcher School, in Tufts University, she also conducts research on religion identity and its impact on social integration.

Penny Travlou

Penny Travlou is a Lecturer in Cultural Geography and Theory in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), University of Edinburgh, UK. Her research focuses on the politics of public space, collaborative practices, spatial and social justice and ethnography. She has been involved in international research projects funded by the European Union and UK Research Councils.

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She has presented her research in numerous academic conferences and non-academic events as well published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals. Alongside her academic work, Penny is an activist on urban commons and spatial justice and has been done work with/for refugees in Athens for the last 3 years. She has been an active member of the OneLoveKitchen, an African migrants’ collective pop-up kitchen and the co-founder of the Options FoodLab (options.limited), a food-related social enterprise and community for refugees’ integration in Athens.​

Vasiliki S. Garopoulou

Vasiliki S. Garopoulou is a Professor of Special-Adapted Physical Education & Sport Science and a Scientific Counselor of Neurorehabilitation and Medical Exercise. She holds two Postgraduate Diplomas on “Multiple Sclerosis” from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th)  with scholarships for her excellent performance.

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She has also been awarded a doctoral degree with full scholarship in the Laboratory of Developmental Medicine and Special Needs Education in collaboration with the 2nd Neurology Dept. of AHEPA University General Hospital of the A.U.Th Medical School. She completed her first post-doctoral degree at the A.U.Th Medical School in the field of Neurosciences and is currently working on her second post-doctoral research as a full scholarship researcher with the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) and P.D. thesis: Neurorehabilitation & Therapeutic Exercise in Multiple Sclerosis. She has participated as a scientific associate in research programs, implemented by the A.U.Th Medical School while at the same time she serves as scientific collaborator at the 1st Neurology Dept. of AHEPA University General Hospital. She has presented her research work at numerous scientific conferences, training seminars and academic and clinical events, and has publications in Greek and international peer-reviewed journals. She has been a Physical Education Specialist and she has served as a Special-Adapted Physical Education teacher both in 1st and 2nd grade Special Education Public Schools and also in the post-graduate training of Public IEK since 2004. She has been innovating as Head of Scientific Planning of Rehabilitation and Exercise programs for PwD at the A.U.Th University Gym. Finally, she has been an active board member and ambassador of GMSS to the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP) since 2005 in matters of rehabilitation.