James Mathieu
Board President and Liaison

James Mathieu, Esq. has a varied background in many areas of the practice of law having owned a general practice law firm for over 20 years. Additionally he has served as a municipal attorney and a brief stint as a city manager. James has served as Athenian Academy's Governing Board President for the last 5 years.

Michelle Zervas

Michelle Zervas currently works for the Pasco County School District. Previously, she worked in personal and business banking for over ten years. Michelle and her family reside in Pasco county and enjoy all that Florida has to offer.

Chris Ferekides
Board Member

Chris Ferekides has been a professor at the University of South Florida since earning his PhD in the Electrical Engineering in 1992. Besides teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, he is very active in research. He has supervised more than 50 students at the Masters and PhD levels, and his group is responsible for over $10 million in research funding. He is also actively involved in the organizing of national and international conferences, and he is the current chairperson of the Electrical Engineering department's curriculum committee.

Ana Ramirez
Board Member

Ana Ramirez graduated from Fisher College in Boston. She is an Administrative Assistant in Laboratory at St. Joseph’s Hospital, located in Tampa. where she has been since 2007. Ana has a husband, four children, and a grandson. She has been with the Athenian Academy family since 2008. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Billy Slater
Board Member

Billy Slater is a native Floridian born in Ft. Pierce, Fl. He has over 21 years in the financial services industry. He currently serves as Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank. Billy enjoys spending quality time with his family, golfing and fishing whenever possible.


The Athenian Academy of Technology and the Arts Charter School is committed to resolving parent and public concerns to the best of the school’s ability. To that end, the school has the following problem resolution/notification policy:

If you are a parent and have not been satisfied with the resolution of an issue after speaking with your child’s teacher,


If you have contacted the school regarding a concern and have not been satisfied with the response,


You may contact the school’s Principal, Evan Markowitz. If you have further concerns, you may contact the school’s Administrator, Daniel Rishavy. Additionally, if you have further concerns, you may contact the Governing Board’s selected parent liaison, James Mathieu.

Also, any person may address the Governing Board for up to three minutes at the beginning of Governing Board Meetings.


General Questions: Information
Principal: Evan Markowitz
Administrator: Dan Rishavy
Governing Board Member: James Mathieu


(727) 372-0200


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