Penelope Kekkonides began her working life in high school. Her first job was as a doctor’s office receptionist then as a clerk at Saks Fifth Avenue. She says she enjoyed both of these jobs. In fact, she strongly claims that she has never had a job she didn’t like. It was also during her high school years that she helped her seamstress mother get a job that she would have for the next 20 years. She entered adult life by earning a B.S. in biological sciences and classical languages from Binghampton University and her M.S in Social Work from York University. She went on to earn another M.S. in Public Health from Columbia University. During these years, she began her leadership career as Corporate Vice President for Care Management and Disease for AmeriChoice.
That was just the beginning. She was appointed CEO of Aveta Inc. in 2006. In 2008, she also became CEO of Touchtone Health HMO, Inc, a role she continues to hold. In 2012, she resigned her leadership position with Aveta Inc. In 2015, she joined the staff of InnovaCare Health Solutions, LLC. She served as its COO and then its Vice President of Clinical. She then took her current role as its CEO. Her very busy professional life requires that she travel quite a bit, mostly flying. However, she much prefers the non-traveling parts of her job. She says that because of this portable chargers have become some of the most important things she owns.
This is because she fully depends on staying connected with colleagues, family, and friends at all times. She also highly values her work team. Kokkinides says she maximizes her productiveness by planning out her days the night before. She also says it is imperative to stay informed about the latest goings-on in the industry in which you work. This will help you form effective strategies. She says she daily closely follows Modern Healthcare, Becker’s, Politico and CNN. Other than English, her first language, she is fluent in Greek. She specializes in public health administration and management of government health programs.