Lucas T. MetropulosPresident and Founder
Lucas Metropulos founded Fishing for Families in Need at the young age of 15 and since then has been adamant on the program’s success and growth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, and currently works in the Development industry focusing on assisting schools fundraise for their efforts.
Juan M. Pellerano-Rendon IV is a first-generation Hispanic-American. He embraces his roots by maintaining his native Spanish speaking abilities as well as a proficiency in Italian. Juan received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami, graduating with majors in Advertising and Sports Administration, with a minor in Marketing. Juan currently works in Advertising at Publicis North America. At Publicis, Juan launched a new indication for HUMIRA, the top grossing drug worldwide. Outside of the office, Juan is on the Young Professional committee member at Ad Club of New York where he helps connect young professionals and cultivate environments to exchange ideas. He also loves to travel, having visited 47 countries on 5 continents.
Anthony Alexiou, CEM
Anthony Alexiou is a Board Certified Emergency Manager and Homeland Security practitioner with over 15 years of experience. He has worked in major jurisdictions in Florida and the Washington, DC metro area as Deputy Director and Consultant/Planning Chief. Currently, Anthony is the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Practice at The Triage Group. Anthony attended University of North Texas, a MS in Political Science/ Public Administration and The University of Western Ontario, a BA in Political Science. He has served his community in business development, policy analysis, and program management. Anthony has a passion for giving back to his community and finding ways to use the environment sustainably and help preserve it for future generations.
Tyler Papera is currently a student at Chapman University in Orange, California. He began volunteering with Fishing For Families in Need as a high school student. During that time, he volunteered as the Co-Director of the program. Through volunteering, he grew a passion for the organization’s purpose and a connection to the students.
Matt has served in a variety of capacities from volunteer to CFO since Fishing for Families in Need’s inception. Matt’s passion for helping others resonated with the ability to help grow this outstanding organization as a board member. He hopes to contribute his accounting background, Bachelor’s in Accounting from Florida State and a Master’s in Accounting from University of Virginia with current Big 4 experience at Ernst & Young in New York to further develop the organization.
Athena has been working as an Account Manager in advertising since the beginning of her career, with experience in the pharmaceutical, hotel and retail industries. Having graduated from NYU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minors in Creative Writing and Communications, she loves meeting new people and learning about their journeys. She cultivated a passion for giving back in her prior work with a nonprofit organization, and she yearns to help others through her bright, infectious personality. She looks forward to serving more communities during her tenure with F4FN.