Joyce is the founder of HELPIS. Originally from the island of Crete, Greece, she was raised by a wonderful mother who instilled in her a love of people and a love of life. This, in turn, made her want to be a positive role model for her two daughters, Anna and Christina. Joyce has spent her life helping and inspiring others, as a daughter, sister, wife and mother, but also as a Master Stylist at D’Spa by Dellaria. It was her work as a stylist that allowed her the outlet and audience to create Help Me Help Someone, which helped the unemployed get back on their feet in a time of economic crisis. This was accomplished not just by providing a new look, but by spreading a positive attitude and, through the use of Joyce’s extensive network of friends and clients, often successfully connecting her unemployed clients with employers and job prospects. Joyce strongly believes that the power of kindness has the potential to bring hope and change lives and is intent on working towards creating a community, through HELPIS, of men and women helping others as powerful equals.
Robin Rees Tyrie
Robin Rees Tyrie is the Treasurer of HELPIS and is a business owner. Her career began as an elementary school teacher in Lexington, MA. Making a change in career path and moving into the business world over 25 years ago she has worked at promotional agencies and manufacturing companies. In her early career experiences, Robin learned to visualize ideas and bring them to fruition for her clients. She used these skills, along with her love of collaboration in a creative environment, to start her company. Robin’s relationship with Joyce Deliyiannis has continued over 15 years. Having followed the evolution of Joyce’s vision of donating hair cuts for unemployed persons to the founding of the HELPIS, Robin is pleased to be part of an organization which has such incredible potential to benefit so many people in a variety of ways.
Luann Arsenault was born and raised in Burlington, MA. She began her career working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Secretary to the Justices of the Middlesex County Superior Court. After taking time off to start a family she returned to work at the Expo Design Center where she maintained operations in the Computer Room and Bookkeeping Departments. At Clarity Imaging Technologies, Inc., she held the title of Account Communication Coordinator.
Luann knows firsthand how devastating the loss of a job can be, having faced unemployment in 2009. It was at this time that Luann had the privilege of meeting Joyce Deliyiannis when she went to Joyce for a complimentary haircut, never imagining the visit would be the beginning of a great friendship.
In 2011, Luann experienced unemployment once again after working for Konarka Technologies, a solar company in Lowell, MA, which filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy and ceased operations. Experiencing these hardships has made Luann sympathetic to others in similar situations. Luann was recently hired by Tibco Spotfire in Somerville as Executive Assistant to the Vice-President and is hopeful that she will prosper in this role.
Kelly Polychroniou is a Lecturer of Modern Greek at Boston University. She was born and grew up bilingual (German and Greek) in Munich, Germany. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature from the University of Athens, Greece and a Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics with a specialization in computer-assisted instruction and foreign language pedagogy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Kelly’s first experience as instructor of German began in 1993, after the completion of her undergraduate studies, when she was working in various private language schools in Athens, Greece. In 1996, she came to Boston and since then she has functioned in a variety of educational settings (Tufts University, Boston University, UMass Boston, Northeastern University, Goethe Institut, Boston Language Institute, Waldorf High School) and has demonstrated the ability to produce energizing learning environments that bring out the best of bilingual students. She has taught all levels of German and Greek and has designed new curricula that introduced a judicious balance between language and culture.
Emily is the Vice President for HELPIS. She is a co-founder and managing partner of Solidus Editorial Solutions. She works with Solidus clients to develop and execute their online content marketing and media strategies. She relishes her ability to use writing and editing to help organizations articulate their message. Both in print and online, for businesses and non-profits, she has covered many diverse topics in areas such as the arts, academia, education, medicine, business, and marketing. Emily is a member of the Greater Boston Business Network, a former co-director for the Downtown Professionals Club, and a marketing consultant for MyLifeList.org. Emily is so pleased to join Joyce and the Board members of HELPIS to help further its mission and increase its impact.