Community Roots

My grandfather John Pappas,immigrated from Greece to AZ , before it was ratified a state. He opened the first cafe in Phoenix, The Busy Bee. I was raised in a home my parents built on a plot of land (in the middle of LD28) my grandfather bought due to his tenacity and work ethic on behalf of his family. His wife, my namesake Katina, was spunky and had a fun sense of humor.

My maternal grandfather Rev Kostas Poulakidas, as a priest of the Phoenix Greek Orthodox Church, persuaded many families to allow/encourage their daughters to attend college. My father, Alex Pappas, was a banker, small business man, arts advocate, first chairman of the Phoenix Human Relations Council. My mother Ange, was a teacher at Kenilworth Elementary, she epitomized active PTA mom, she is a fabulous cook and entertains effortlessly still today.

My uncle Tom Pappas, also a small businessman, was Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party during the Reagan Bush years, some of his dearest friends were active Democrats. He was a great dancer, bigger than life and masterful at building relationships. I was always his Trunk and Tusk date, and he got me hooked on politics. Along with my sisters and their families, we are life-long stewards and active members of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral (in the middle of LD28) and all the significant events of my life have taken place there.

All of these people, all of these places, prepared my foundation: expectation to build positive relationships, to work hard, and faithfully serve our community. 

Native Arizonan.
My grandfather emigrated from Greece to Arizona before statehood.

Attended Rose Lane Elementary,
Central High, University of Arizona graduate – Student Body Vice President

Grew up in North Central,
raised a family in Arcadia and 
currently live in Paradise Valley

Lifelong Republican:
Chairman, LD 28 Republicans;
Precinct Committeeman for 25+ years; Dodie Londen Excellence in Public
Service Award Recepient

Leadership & Service: Phoenix Art Museum; American Heart Association; Ryan House; National Charity League Phoenix; Boys Team Charity; O’Connor House; Trends Charitable Foundation; March of Dimes; Children’s Authors Luncheon; Childsplay; Phoenix Public Library Foundation; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral; Greater Phoenix Greek Festival

Married to Bill Petsas, 28 years,
with three children, attending Phoenix public schools and Brophy College Prep