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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Rose Tatum

Volunteer Manager

Rose is a passionate nonprofit professional who has nearly 10 years of experience in developing and leading volunteer programs. As a devoted volunteer herself, Rose understands that the mission of nonprofit organizations can only be fully achieved with the help of volunteers. Rose studied at Appalachian State University, earning a Bachelor’s in Global Studies with a focus in peace, conflict, and human rights, along with minors in Nonprofit Management and Spanish. Social justice, peacebuilding, and equality are all issues close to her heart. She is an avid traveler, as well as an advocate for language and cultural exchange.

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Danylo Metelskyi

Parnership Manager

Danylo works to establish a stable interaction with the partner network. He works as a lecturer at the Department of International Relations at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, conducts trainings and is engaged in analytical and public activities. He has experience in student self-government organisations and  projects aimed at promoting civil society.

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Violetta Khlystun

Support Team Lead

Violetta is a manager with more than 6 years of experience in support and communications field. She likes to help people and always do her best to make students and volunteers happy. She likes ENGin because here you can meet a lot of great people from all over the world. It's a great opportunity to know more about different cultures and help Ukrainians to improve their English level.

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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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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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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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Ilona Misko

Interviewer

Ilona is fond of studying history, foreign languages and psychology. She is sure that with the help of quality education, we can change the world for the better. She is also convinced of the importance of human communication and relationships for building a prosperous society.

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Tetiana Krotova

Student and volunteer support agent

Tetiana is passionate about solving the problems of the Ukrainian education system. She is the author of four research papers and is also developing a mobile application that will help Ukrainian refugees enroll in universities abroad. Tatiana believes that the development of modern society is impossible without intercultural dialogue and knowledge of the English language.

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Yelyzaveta Savytska

Matcher

Liza believes NGOs and social projects can influence changes in the world. Experience with ENGin opened up new educational and career opportunities for her, so she dreams that as much as possible Ukrainian youth have the same. Liza is passionate about volunteering and traveling, and her strongest value is people.

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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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Margarita Kutsa

Director of Teaching and Learning

Since childhood, Margarita dreamed of traveling a lot, which motivated her to learn English, and, in fact, it's great when the passion grows into a desire to pursue a career in foreign languages. As part of the Erasmus + international mobility program studied at the University of Córdoba (Spain). Rita is convinced that this experience has helped not only to improve English and Spanish language skills, but also to develop soft skills and cultural integration. Rita is passionate about helping Ukrainians to improve their English skills.

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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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Olena Rukkas

Interviewer/Student Orientation

Lena is a current ENGin student and volunteer. She enjoys studying and sharing her English knowledge. Her main interests also include Economics, Programming, International Relations, and History. Lena has an active lifestyle as she is a Track&Field athlete herself. She loves chatting with her friends from various fields of interests. As an ENGin interviewer, she wants to help students and volunteers to become more open, make long-standing friendships, and unite people all over the world while spending time beneficially.

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Nicole Viloria

Volunteer Trainer

Nicole started learning English at a young age in Venezuela. Since she moved to the US, she has made it her goal to help others struggling with learning the language through her skills and enthusiasm. As a lover of languages, writing, and reading, she wishes to translate and write novels of her own. She is majoring in English Literature at The Honors College at Miami Dade College, aiming to minor in Creative Writing. Wanting to help others learn English, Nicole joined ENGin as a volunteer in October of 2021 and hopes to not only help her student but also encourage new volunteers to do so as well!

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Yana Voloshyna

Volunteer Support Specialist

Yana is passionate about promoting human rights and helping vulnerable people. Five years she worked in international organizations, such as UNHCR and IRC and have two years of practical experience as an administrative attache, working at the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Cyprus. Yana personally attended hundreds of interviews with asylum seekers at Odesa Migration Agency and drafted dozens of recommendations on individual cases. She is not afraid of any challenges as how Jane Austen had previously said, my power only rises at every attempt to intimidate me. She have a cute pug Ponchik and can't imagine her life without traveling.

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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. 

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Kateryna Kvasha

Interviewer

Applying for the interviewer position wasn't a spontaneous decision for Katya as she has been our student almost since the first days ENGin was created. She studies economics and is head of the marketing department at a nonprofit organization. Katya likes spending her free time playing chess, dancing and volunteering. As a social activist who has been engaged in educational projects since her school years, she knows firsthand the difficulties one may face because of not having enough English level. Today Katya keeps growing together with ENGin and is eager for helping Ukrainian youth in achieving their goals.

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Varvara Borysovska

Database Coordinator

Varya studied Arts Journalism at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, but lately she has realized that working with data and analyzing it is her calling. In her opinion, structured data, especially if it’s easy to understand, benefit more than long articles, which might not be informative. But, in addition to understandable submission and structure, it’s vital for data, above all, to be accurate. And Varya does it in ENGin — she manages the database of students and volunteers, ensuring their quick and precise onboarding. Also, Varya is an ENGin student herself, and her work here contributes to her wish to help the same students as she is — those, who can’t afford to take usually quite expensive classes at the best speaking clubs or schools, and those, who feel themselves more comfortable taking one-to-one courses. To contribute to professional and personal growth through the acquisition of a high level of the English language is an essential mission for her.

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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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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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Anna Nikulina

Director of Communications

Anna is a teacher by education, but she found her calling in communications. She has experience as a journalist in print and online media, and as a PR and SMM manager in several non-profit organizations and business structures. She strives to bring ENGin social media to a new, more professional level, and do her best to make the program known to as many people as possible in different parts of the world. Anna is convinced that the ability to communicate in English opens up great opportunities, changes the perception of the world and helps to find a dream job.

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Oleksandra Vasylkivska

Online Community Manager

Oleksandra is a linguist and translator, she opens the English-speaking world to Ukrainians during her online classes. In love with travel, she has already visited about 14 countries, where the most valuable treasure for her is people who transmit culture and traditions throughout their lives. She collects postcards and captures memories on tape. Hiking, skiing, painting, creativity - it's all about her. In ENGin, Oleksandra renews and moderates a community for you to BELONG with your people  - it's like a rainbow after the rain.

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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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Marta Savych

Interviewer/Introduction student meetings lead

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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Olena Volobuieva

Customer Support Agent

Olena is passionate about helping people in coordinating business activities and solving any kind of online miscommunication. There's no single approach the right one for every situation, and so she's been working in international companies with American, Irish, and Middle East leadership, honing multicultural experience through the years. Also, Olena loves animals and looks for every opportunity to protect them.

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Yuliia Sydoruk

Interviewer

Yuliia has graduated from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy. She is an activist, who believes that Human Rights are above all. She took part in different nonprofit projects and now is really excited to be a part of the ENGin team as an interviewer. Yuliia believes that knowledge of English nowadays is an essential skill, because it unlocks infinite possibilities for both personal and professional growth. In her free time, she loves gathering with friends or spending time peacefully with her dog.

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Liudmyla Germanyuk

Interviewer

Liudmyla is passionate about various fields of communication:PR, HR and journalism. Currently she is studying for a Master’s degree in International Communication. Her friends call her “sunshine radiator” because of her positive spirit in any situations. In her free time she enjoys taking long walks, reading Ukrainian poetry and traveling.

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Egor Ogilets

Interviewer

Egor is passionate about politics, sports, music, and languages. He has experience working in the Hotel industry and now is excited to be part of the ENGin team and help Ukrainians improve their English. Thinks that is extremely important to make a difference and give back to the community. In his free time, he likes making music, reading, working out, and hanging out with friends.

Volunteer Leaders

Interview Team:

Angelica Valdez
Sophie Rosen