Board of Directors
Steve is a retired executive residing in Hudson NY with over 40 years of diverse financial experience across all business sectors (public, private, nonprofit). He was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for CaringKind (formerly the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City chapter), and as such served on the Finance, Audit and Investment Committees of the Board of Directors. He has a dedicated record of community service and served as a Board member for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Long Island chapter, and as Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Steve is a CPA and holds a BS in Accounting from Fordham University.
Katerina has 5+ years experience teaching English and managing online language learning programs. She has also helped launch multiple nonprofit and for-profit initiatives in the education space. She holds a Master's in Education from Harvard University.
Marianna is a first-generation Ukrainian-American from Philadelphia with over a decade of experience as a writer and producer in the entertainment industry. She currently serves as Chair of the Advocacy Committee at the Ukrainian National Women's League Of America, the largest Ukrainian women’s organization in the US. Marianna also manages the mentor team at the Ukrainian-American nonprofit Ukraine Global Scholars and is an active member of Columbia's Alumni Representative Committee. Marianna holds a BA from Columbia University, MFA from University of Southern California & MBA from Drexel University.
Mark has over 40 years of diverse financial leadership experience that spans from Public Accounting (KPMG), Banking (Chase Manhattan), Payments (VISA, Int’l), A Startup (eCharge) to Small Business Ownership. Along the way he also served on several non-profit boards and volunteered as a consultant. Mark is a CPA and a US Army veteran. He resides in Upstate NY and is married to Jean, has a daughter Kate, plus 2 cats. Mark and Jean went to Ukraine in 2011 to visit Kate where she served in the Peace Corps and they all have a strong connection to the people of Ukraine.
Presently, Mark operates his small recycling business, works as an accounting advisor, and volunteers his skills.
Kim is a progressive educator with over 20 years of experience in non-profit executive leadership. Kim served as the Director of Development for a CAA under the U.S. Federal Government and as the Manager of Educational Programs for United Way. To date, she has designed and implemented over 50 high-impact educational programs across more than 40 communities, while cultivating and managing $153 million in educational funding from private foundations, corporate partnerships, and government agencies.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Kim relocated to Taipei, Taiwan, where she currently works in the field of Educational Technology. Kim holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Urban Studies from Wayne State University, in addition to a Master of Social Work focused on non-profit leadership, program development, and evaluation.
Abe is an Operations leader with over 15 years of executive management experience at high growth technology companies. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, three boys and German Shepherd, Maple. He maintains deep roots in his native British Columbia where he learned to ski, mountain bike and windsurf all in one day. Abe holds an MBA from The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Western University.
Yana was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and came to SF in 1989 with her parents who were refuseniks.
She had a professional career in Silicon Valley (PwC, Oracle, E.piphany, Cisco) while volunteering as community activist in the local Jewish Community. Raising two kids in the new country Yana became interested in education. She graduated from the Masters in Instructional Technologies program in San Francisco State University and has been involved with many educational initiatives locally and in Ukraine. She served as an advisory board member for Center for Innovation Education ProSvit, assisted in bringing world's best courses for teachers to Ukraine via Prometheus online platform, helped to adopt US invention and entrepreneurship curriculum to the needs of Ukrainian students, was involved with promoting Holocaust education and other innovating educational projects fostering education reform in Ukraine.
Kim is a management consultant focused on digital / emerging technology strategy and transformation. She has over a decade of experience in the consulting industry and is currently a managing director at Accenture. Kim holds a BS in Engineering and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
James is a veteran educator who has served 14,000 students during 42 years in private, secondary education, 27 of them as a Head of School/President and ex officio board member.
James has served on the secondary executive board of the National Catholic Educational Association, which oversees the 1200 Catholic high schools across America, as well as the boards of a local museum and Chamber of Commerce.
Nikki has 20+ years of experience leading nonprofit strategy, communications, and fundraising in organizations focused on higher education, women’s advancement, advocacy and democracy, and philanthropy. She is Creative Director and Principle for a management, marketing, and program creation consultancy. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Politics, and Women’s Studies from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, and is an active volunteer in several local, regional, and national nonprofits.