A Family Affair...
Yanni Stefanakis is Annika's Uncle and was born and raised in Egypt from Cretan parents. He attended a Greek boarding school and nearly completed his high school education. His family was forced to flee Greece while he was studying architecture. He later moved to Australia then eventually to the United States.
During his many travels, Yanni's burning desire for arts was ever increasing. After completing studies at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, he became a painter and stone carver.