Gabby Award Winners
Retired NHL Hockey Star
Chris Chelios is an award-winning, recently retired professional ice hockey defenseman with a long and storied hockey career spanning nearly three decades.
Chelios made his professional hockey debut playing defense for the Montreal Canadiens in 1984 and subsequently played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Atlanta Thrashers. Following his 2010 retirement, Chelios became executive advisor to Ken Holland, the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. As a player, Chelios played on three Stanley Cup-winning teams, winning the cup once with the Montreal Canadiens and twice with the Detroit Red Wings. Throughout his career he achieved a number of All-Star team appearances and three NHL Defenseman of the Year trophies. He also served as captain of the U.S. Olympic Hockey team that played in the 2006 winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Chairman & CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment
Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment James N. Gianopulos oversaw the studio’s release of the critically acclaimed Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time. The film won three Academy Awards for best cinematography, best visual effects and best art direction.
Gianopulos has served as chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment for more than 10 years and is regarded as a leading strategist in the film and media industry. Gianopulos is a Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a member of the Board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund and a trustee of the American Film Institute.
Prior to his current post, Gianopulos was President of Twentieth Century Fox International, where he oversaw all international marketing and distribution of theatrical releases, the Home Entertainment division, as well as financing, acquisitions and co-productions of films for Fox throughout the world.
Among the many notable successes during Gianopulos’ tenure at Fox International are the Oscar winners Titanic and Braveheart, in addition to the achievement of simultaneously having four of the five top grossing pictures of all-time internationally: Titanic, Star Wars, Independence Day and Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace.
Gianopulos was selected by Premiere in 2007 as one of the two most powerful people in Hollywood.
Linda Katehi, PhD
Chancellor of the University of California, Davis
Dr. Linda Katehi was recently named chief executive officer and the sixth chancellor of the University of California Davis, one of the world’s top research institutions. She oversees all aspects of the university's teaching, research and public service mission.
Katehi is a member of many national boards and committees including the National Academy of Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She previously served as vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois.
Since her early years in the field of education, Katehi has focused primarily on expanding research opportunities for students and improving the educational and professional experiences of graduate students. In her efforts, she has mentored more than 70 postdoctoral, doctoral, and master’s students in electrical and computer engineering.
Of the 45 doctoral students who graduated under Katehi's supervision, 22 have become faculty members in research universities in the United States and abroad.
Actor & Singer
Tony-nominated singer, actor and musician Constantine Maroulis is the star of the Broadway smash hit Rock of Ages. His headline role of “Drew” in the critically acclaimed show has earned him night after night of sold-out performances and screaming fans comparable to that of a rock ‘n roll concert.
In 2010, Maroulis took his success on the road and performed in a national tour with sold-out shows in over 50 cities across America. He became a household name as a finalist on American Idol in 2005.
Though he did not win American Idol, he went on to create his own solo album called Constantine and has made many television guest star appearances. People magazine named him its Sexiest 30-year-old of 2005.
Peter Karmanos, Jr
CEO & Co-founder of Compuware and CEO & Owner of the Carolina Hurricanes
Peter Karmanos, Jr. is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Compuware Corporation and owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, Plymouth Whalers and Florida Everblades hockey franchises.
Compuware is one of the world's largest software vendors and professional services organizations. Karmanos is well-known for his philanthropy, namely his sponsorship of numerous youth hockey programs in Michigan.
Karmanos has donated more than $50 million to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, renamed for his first wife who died of breast cancer in 1989. The center, located in Detroit, has been designated by the National Cancer Institute as among the best cancer centers in the U.S. and is the only nationally recognized center to be named after a woman.
Sen. Olympia Snowe
US Senator from Maine
Sen. Olympia Snowe is a Republican senator for Maine with a reputation as one of the country’s leading centrists. She is widely respected by politicians on both sides of the aisle and recently took the media spotlight for her support of health care reform.
Known as a moderate within her party, Snowe has influenced a number of close votes including several filibusters. She serves the committee on commerce, science and transportation; finance; and small business and entrepreneurship. She has worked to build bipartisan support for a range of issues from fiscal responsibility to education.
Snowe is highly popular in her state and has never lost an election in 35 years as an elected official. She is the second female senator in history to represent her state and the first woman to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress.
American Hellenic Professional Society
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association is a historic organization that has helped hundreds of thousands of Greek Americans through its mission to promote Hellenism, education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family and individual excellence.
Established in 1922, AHEPA awards half a million dollars annually in student scholarships at the local, district and national level through the organization's $4 million endowment. The organization works hard to preserve and enhance Hellenic and classical studies programs on college campuses.
In addition, AHEPA supports educational programs such as Journey to Greece, an annual opportunity for students to learn about ancient and modern Greece while earning college credit.
With chapters in every major metropolitan area in North America, AHEPA works to communicate the positions of the Greek American community to elected officials at all levels of government.
Andreas Tzakis, MD
Dr. Andreas Tzakis, M.D., is a world-renowned transplant surgeon and research scientist. He has performed more than 2,000 liver transplants and is a trailblazer in innovative techniques that have advanced the field of transplant surgery.
Tzakis is the founding director of the Miami Transplant Institute, a joint program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital that is considered to be the leading transplant center worldwide.
Since the mid-90s, Tzakis has been a leader in successfully transplanting insulin-producing cells from the pancreas and performing intestinal and multi-visceral organ transplants. He is the director of the Microsurgery Core Facility in the Cell Transplantation center at the Diabetes Research Institute.