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.

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Katerina Manoff

Founder

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.  

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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.

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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.

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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 Prog.kiev.ua. 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.

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Nina Sivaji

Volunteer Training Lead

Nina is an Undergraduate student at the University of Georgia majoring in Political Science and
double minoring in Women’s Studies and International Affairs. She has always been passionate
about volunteering in her community through organizations such as the Lydia Project and
through campus organizations such as UNICEF at UGA and the Missing Maps Project. Nina is
looking forward to meeting a lot of new volunteers from around the world and helping them get
started on their ENGin journey.

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Karolina Naidon

Student and Volunteer Support

Karolina is a participant in TED-Ed Students Talk, a musician, and enjoys writing scientific researches in History and Biology. She has been graduated from a school specialized in studying a foreign language. She joined ENGin to help Ukrainian students overcome struggles in English speaking.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Anastasiia Yuzyk

Student & Volunteer Support

Anastasiia is a Master's student majoring in International Information and has a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations. During her studies, she attended several conferences and summer schools abroad. Anastasiia is also Erasmus + Alumna. She believes that it is crucial to have a good mentor for learning a foreign language, as well as be surrounded by friends who are fluent in foreign languages. Nastya is ENGin student herself, and thus, she is happy to help ENGin students to achieve English fluency.

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Navya Gullapuram

Volunteer Training Lead

Navya is excited to pursue Biochemistry and International Studies in her next few years at university. While she is passionate about the biological sciences, she would love to take her ramblings on multilingualism to a deeper study of linguistics some day. Navya has served with many volunteering organizations over the years, giving her the chance to discover her love for teaching international students while exploring her interests in language learning and meeting new people from various cultures. As an aspiring polyglot herself, Navya would love to help her peers at ENGin reach their own goals as a volunteer and much more.

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Anhelina Kyrsenko

Interviewer

Anhelina has been into sharing her knowledge and experience ever since she could remember herself as her role model-mom is engaged in education field. She is currently a high-school student who joined ENGin in the beginning of the pandemic to find new friends and impact Ukrainian society positively, especially teenagers. Anhelina desires to help others because she lives by the saying, “As many languages you know, as many times you are a human being.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Marta Savych

Interviewer

Marta is a psychologist and a passionate language learner. She is currently learning her fifth foreign language and studying for a Master's degree in Оrganisational Psychology. Marta is eager to help ENGin students practice and improve their spoken English and make friends across the globe.

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Tanya Tkachenko

Interviewer

Tanya is a former ENGin student, she is passionate about journalism, used to host a TV show and several podcasts. She is also engaged in various social projects, eco-activism, politics, and volunteering, as a member of national and international youth organizations. Tanya can’t live without communicating with people, she is excited to help ENGin students and volunteers gain new experiences. 

Volunteer Leaders

Interview Team:

Hannah Tan

Lawrence Park

Sophia Barker

Angelica Valdez
Marta Savych
Tanya Tkachenko

Sophie Rosen
Garima Sharma 

Progress Test Team:

Megha Thomas
Phoebe Dennison
Janaki Krishna
Brooke Anderson
Marta Savych

Student Community Leads:

Jacob Silverman 
Alyssa Wilkinson

Karina Serio

Volunteer Community Leads:

Olena Rukkas
Ananya Pendela

Alaina Parent

Halie Patel

Substitute Program Lead

Cameron Howard

Website Lead:

 

Nishi Goyal