I was born in 1956 and raised in Indianapolis. My father, Mentor Metaxas, immigrated from Greece and was raised in Greenfield, MA. My mother, Marjorie Kiskaddon Wonderlich, was from Cleveland, Ohio and met my father while she was going to Mt Holyoke, and my father was attending Amherst College.
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In Indianapolis I attended North Central High School where I was an assistant teacher in the special education classes. At 17, I graduated early from high school, in January 1974 and moved to Greece to start college. I attended Deree-Pierce College in Athens, Greece where I studied Hellenic Studies. After spending many summers in Greece I was comfortable with the language and had friends. I lived in an apartment, taught English, and volunteered at the Children’s Hospital. At the Children’s Hospital I worked with the newborns and with a child with severe burns. I later worked at an orphanage. I met my husband, Tass Angelides, while I was attending attending school in Greece.
Mt. Holyoke College had accepted me before I went to Greece so I started my year at Mt. Holyoke in the fall of 1975 as soon as I returned from Greece. My studies concentrated in psychology and education. I prepared some lessons for the local elementary schools.
In the fall of 1976 I transferred to Barnard College after marrying my husband, Tass Angelides. My concentration was still psychology, but I began working in the neuropsychology lab at Columbia University studying neonatal cognition. In 1978 I graduated cum laude.
After 2 children and several moves I returned to my studies at SUNY at Stony Brook where I obtained a masters in History. My concentration was the beginning of capitalism and international trade.
In 1984 we moved from New York to Longmeadow and my husband opened a private practice. While my husband worked out of a room at Baystate Medical Center, I built the practice. I negotiated the leases, renovated the space, did the hiring and firing. I was in charge of all aspects of the business from computers, software, telephone systems, licensing, and negotiating with the insurance companies.
In 1992 I decided to obtain my law degree so I hired an office manager and became only the business manager. During law school I clerked for Judge Swords. In 1996 I received my law degree and passed the bar. I immediately began working in Juvenile Court litigating child abuse cases. I continued to manage the expanding medical practice.
In 2003 I decided to expand my law practice into Immigration law. For one year attended conferences around the country and joined the American Immigration Lawyers Association. I established a firm with another attorney, Angelides & South, LLP. The firm was dissolved a few years ago, though we both continue to practice immigration law. My practice concentrates in Family Immigration. My office has expanded to several employees.
I have been married to Anastasios Angelides for 36 years. My husband is the chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Baystate Medical Center. I have three children. Greg is married to a Longmeadow girl and living in Stow, Massachusetts. He is working as a mathematician/engineer at Lincoln Labs. My daughter, Stephanie is living in New York with her husband, Costa. She is a Development Producer for television. She was nominated for an Emmy last year for her show, “Evolve”. My youngest child is Mary. She is graduating from IUPUI in Indianapolis from nursing school. She is applying for jobs in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. I lived and raised my children in Longmeadow. We have been living in Longmeadow for 27 years.
They married just before he entered the army air force in WWII. My parents moved to Indianapolis after the war and opened a small business.