Meet the ENGin Team

Our experienced and enthusiastic team consists of students and professionals located across the United States and Ukraine. Most of us have personally experienced the challenges of mastering spoken English and the life-changing opportunities that English fluency brings. We are passionate about bringing these opportunities to every motivated student who wants to improve their spoken English.

Katerina Manoff


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.  

Anya Chan

Program Manager

Anya is a passionate and active participant at Erasmus+ projects and she has experience implementing her own social projects, always eager to help Ukrainian students to develop their English through ENGin and non-formal education. She’s also fluent in 5 languages and a Chinese-English-Ukrainian translator.

Nazar Shkurashivskyi

Program Manager

Nazar graduated from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (Poland) with a bachelor's
degree in Management (specialization “Enterprise Management”). As an ENGin student himself, he's excited to work for the program to help other students achieve their language-learning goals.

Daniil Ozernyi

Curriculum & Assessment Advisor

Daniil is a linguist and an educator whose work includes (co)authoring textbooks, award-winning research in ELT (CLIL), multiple publications, and 1k+ hours of teaching. Most recently, he has switched to research in linguistics and is currently working on problems of generative approaches to second and additive language acquisition and multilingualism.

Vasia Zaretsky

Lead Developer

Vasia lives in Kyiv and is studying biotechnology at Taras Shevchenko National University. He has completed courses at Samsung IT School and He has over 2 years of experience in server, mobile and web development using different languages and is a cofounder and engineer in two startups.

Taya Zhernosiekova

Program Director

Taya is passionate about organizing social projects on various topics and working with volunteers in NGOs. Also, conducting thought-provoking English speaking clubs gives her much pleasure. Activities dedicated to improving socially vulnerable groups' lives strike a chord with her. She is dreaming to learn social psychology one day. Taya truly believes in empathy and people's open curious mind. And she can't live without communication with people, long walks and dancing.

Prasanjit Shome

Chief Technical Officer

Prasanjit is a principal platform engineer with over a decade of experience in software development at companies such as Alcoa, Symantec, and, most recently, Tesla. His expereince includes programming (Python, GO) DevOps (Ansible, terraform), SRE, Linux System Administration, Kubernetes, and Openshift. Prasanjit is currently leading ENGin's development team in developing a new platform for students, volunteers, and team members. 

Svitlana Dudka

Program Manager

Svitlana has been studying English since secondary school but made significant progress only during the last two years. She is a great example of the principle that speaking is the most effective way to improve skills in a foreign language. She is involved in many educational youth activities and engaged with volunteering in Ukraine's civil society. Currently, Svitlana is getting her PhD in History.

Ernest Protas

Interview Team Lead

Ernest has spent three years working at educational non-profits and striving to improve learning opportunities for Ukrainian students. He also enjoys tutoring English in his free time. He currently attends Amherst College.

Mykola Popadiuk

Country Director, Ukraine

Mykola is engaged in different educational activities — he is a teacher, trainer, leader and a Project Coordinator of various educational programs and online courses. Especially, he’s involved in civic education and improving the digital skills of Ukrainians. He supports and implements changes in Ukrainian education both locally and nationally. Mykola is in the ENGin team in order to spread the educational opportunities of the program for students and teachers from all the corners of Ukraine.

Yana Lagoda

Social Media Manager

Having studied English on her own, Yana understands all the challenges one might face as a beginning English learner. She is excited to grow the ENGin community through social media to help others on this journey.

Gulnaz Madadli

Student & Volunteer Support 

Gulnaz is studying for a Master's degree in Intercultural Communication in Education and the Workplace in Poland. She has a bachelor's degree in philology and a master's in the methodology of teaching. She believes that learning new languages broadens one's horizons. Therefore, she is excited to help students to use ENGin and improve their English.

Sofiia Shyroka

Student and Volunteer Support

Sofiia has a diversity of experience in theatre, event management and customer service. Passionate about communications, she believes English opens the doors to global networking and gives one a fuller perspective on almost every matter imaginable. She's now here to guide and support ENGin's students and volunteers on their journeys of learning, teaching and building meaningful connections.

Volunteer Leaders

New Volunteer Training Team:

Najla Albeayeyz
Jane Kim

Navya Gullapuram

Niranjana Sivaji 
Matt Kotzen 
Vani Patel 
Kushi Jakati 
Hannah Wang

Janaki Krishna

Cameron Howard

Interview Team:

Viktoriia Danutsa

Rostyk Yarovyk

Anika Trehan

Gerany Norori

Iryna Chalapchii

Chantelle Nguyen

Hannah Tan

Lawrence Park

Nahiskar Gil

Sophia Barker

Vari Patel

Yulia Kopaliwska

Progress Test Team:

Brooke Anderson
Najla Albeayeyz

Michaella Blemur

Varya Chekhovidova

Janaki Krishna

Curriculum Design Team:

Shahin Ahmadi

Bianca Kolim

Sileen Alomari

Tina Guo

Volunteer Engagement Team:

Kajal Puri
Aarushi Jain

Sindu Kristipati

Student Community Leads:

Varya Chekhovidova

Sofiia Syzonenko

Volunteer Social Leads:

Heidi Noro

Paavani Lella

Volunteer Community Lead:

Olena Rukkas

Website Lead:

Nishi Goyal