Upon the re-appointment by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Arlene Siavelis Kehl now serves as National President of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. for a second term from 2022-2024.

In 1994, Arlene was appointed by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America of blessed memory to the National Philoptochos Board. Then she was reappointed to the National Philoptochos Board by His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, former Archbishop of America.

From 2002 to 2016, upon the appointment to the Executive Board by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America, now Retired, Arlene served for two years as Secretary, four years as Second Vice President, and eight years as First Vice President. Throughout the years, Arlene has served on many committees furthering the mission of Philoptochos.

For the last 30 years, she has embraced faithfully by giving of her time, talents, and treasures and worked diligently to further the ministries of the “friends of the poor” while upholding the teachings of our Holy Greek Orthodox Church.

As President, Arlene sees a bright future to lead Philoptochos to new heights. Her fervent hope is that love, grace, and truth will guide her and her Philoptochos sisters as they endeavor to make a significant difference in the lives of individuals and families in need and the less fortunate among us. One Philoptochos sister who is always supportive and by her side is her sister Katherine G. Siavelis who is also on the National Philoptochos Board.

Arlene is an active lifetime steward of St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago and its Philoptochos chapter, where she served as Treasurer and President, and the Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos, where she served tirelessly on the Board in various capacities for ten years. She and her husband Kenneth, a convert to the Orthodox Christian Faith, are also stewards at three other parishes and Philoptochos chapters within their “home” Metropolis of Chicago. They are also stewards at parishes and Philoptochos chapters in the Archdiocesan District as well as the Metropolises of Boston and Atlanta. They believe in embracing Philanthropy, Fellowship, and Faith in Action, wherever their travels take them. They encourage younger members of our community to join them in service to our fellow man.

A lifelong Chicagoan, Arlene resides in Winnetka, Illinois, with her husband, Dr. Kenneth A. Kehl. She is a proud Wildcat alumna and received her B.S. from the School of Communications, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, majoring in Communications and minoring in Economics, and her M.B.A. from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, with concentrations in Marketing, Finance, and Hospital and Health Services Management. Her professional experience is highlighted most notably by her 30 years as an executive/shareholder of Medline Industries, Inc. in the healthcare industry.

Their older son Kenneth L. Kehl, MD, an oncologist, researcher and assistant professor, their daughter-in-law Ekaterina Gladysheva Kehl, MD, a medical director and critical care pulmonologist, and their dear grandson Brandon Kenneth Kehl, live in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Their younger son Kevin R. Kehl, a senior software engineer in information technology for networking in the professional business community, and their new daughter-in-law, Nina Yi Ning Tseng Kehl, specializing in data marketing analytics and now a personal life coach, reside in San Francisco, California. May their beloved children and precious grandson be blessed with good health and much happiness as they pursue their life’s dreams and pay their successes forward by helping others.
Join us in recognizing Arlene during the 73rd Annual Scholarship Ball on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at The Westin O’Hare.