John Psiharis was co-founder, president, and executive director of Greek-American Community Services from inception through 2002 and served on the Greek-American Nursing Home Committee from inception through 2006. He was a founding member and two-time past president of the Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly. John’s professional activities have included serving as coordinator of community services for the Community Advocacy Network of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, senior services director at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, and executive director of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian American Community Center. He is currently the executive director of the Irving Park Community Food Pantry; a position he has held since 2008. 

John was appointed by three Chicago mayors (Washington, Sawyer, and Daley) to serve as a member of the Chicago Community Development Advisory Committee and completed a three-year term as chairman of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs City Arts-Social Services Grants Committee. He was a board member of the Chicago Council for Justice for Cyprus and twice elected community representative to the William Howard Taft High School Local School Council, from which he is an alumnus. John served as a board member and co-president of the Northside Anti Hunger Network. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services degree from the National College of Education (National Louis University) and pursued graduate studies in public administration at Roosevelt University. 

John is founder and CEO of Psihco, LLC. and publisher of its Greek American Press imprint, and is co-owner of Big Helpers, Inc., a Chicago-based award-winning business he co-founded. He was a consultant to the Loyola University of Chicago School of Education, Metropolitan Asian Family Services, America’s Disabled, Fuji Television Network of Japan, and several other organizations and businesses of various types and sizes.

John’s writings have appeared in Ergon, the Greek Press, Greek Star, Hellenic Chronicle, The National Herald, and He has written chapters in Organizing a Volunteer Program Serving the Elderly, The ABCs of ADCs, and Modern Greece (2021). He is the author of Working to Preserve Our Heritage: The Incredible Legacy of Greek-American Community Services (2023) and Breaking Ground: The Inside Story of Chicago’s Greek Nursing Home Movement (2024).