While Demetra was born and raised in Woodside, NY, her family roots stem from Tarpon Springs, FL, where she currently resides with her daughter, Katerina, and owns Given With Love, a custom gift shop. The youngest of five, she has two sisters and two brothers.
For thirteen years, Demetra enjoyed managing an interior design showroom in New York City, but at the age of thirty, she decided she needed a more secure job with benefits. She felt fortunate to become a part of “Corporate America,” where she remained for nearly nine years. Among other things, her responsibilities at Morgan Stanleyincluded overseeing an internal mentoring program and managing the firm’s “Big Brothers Big Sisters”program. Demetra enjoys teaching children, opening their hearts and minds to the fascinating world around them. She has always loved being around children, and as a young girl, she dreamed of having five of her own, just as her mother and grandmother had. Fate had something else lined up for her.
In 2001, she bumped into her high school sweetheart, Constantinos (Gus) P. Lecourezos, on a street in Manhattan on her way to the office. For twenty-one years, they had lived separate lives, and in 2004, they were finally married. The following year, their daughter Katerina was born. In 2008, misfortune hit home. Gus was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and lost his battle in 2009. Before his passing, Gus worked with Demetra to create the initial ideas for Young World Travelers, an educational series of books.