A Native Central Floridian and First-Generation American
Born in Orlando and raised in Winter Park, Fay grew up in a multi-lingual household where family was always first. Her parents are naturalized U.S. citizens from Greece where they experienced civil war and the overthrow of a democratic government by its military before coming to America. They raised Fay and her brother with an appreciation not only for public service, but also the justice system’s role in creating a free and fair society.
After the September 11th attacks, Fay’s dad was inspired to give back to his adopted homeland. That year, he began volunteering with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, eventually obtaining the rank of Flotilla Commander. But his quest to give back did not stop there. Fay’s dad would go on to take a job with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, bringing disaster relief to Americans across the country—from New Yorkers after Hurricane Sandy to the people of the Arkansas river basin affected by catastrophic floods, and to citizens of First Nations across the American West. Before her retirement, Fay’s mom spent two decades at Brookshire Elementary working with profoundly disabled children to ensure they reached their fullest potential. And Fay’s brother is a Trauma Surgeon and Critical Care Specialist in Central Florida where he serves on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Fay’s fiancé Kenneth Lineberger, is a prosecutor with the Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.
Her upbringing taught Fay that a true leader is a servant leader: someone whose focus is not on themselves, but rather on the well-being of the people and community to which they belong. While in college, Fay created the Rollins College FORUM to bring to campus representatives of all sides of challenging local issues in hope of creating dialogue to effect meaningful change. Fay tackled such issues as homelessness in the City of Orlando, access to healthcare for farmworkers around contaminated Lake Apopka, and proposed ways to reduce violent crime amongst Central Florida’s youth. For her demonstrated commitment to public service, she was named a United States Presidential Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington, D.C., and a national finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for Public Service. Ultimately, she would go on to attend the University of Florida Levin College of Law on merit scholarships where she served on the editorial board of the Florida Law Review.
Fay enjoys spending her free time with family, friends, and fiancé Ken. Fay is also an active member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and she is a proud member of the Central Florida Orthodox Christian community.