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


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.  


Anna Nikulina

SMM/PR Team Lead

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.


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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Yaryna Maksymovych

Social Media Manager

Yaryna loves marketing and everything related to it. She has a bachelor's degree in philology and a master's degree in nonprofit management. While studying exchange abroad, she became convinced that communication is the most effective way to learn a new language. Yaryna is happy to help the ENGin community develop on social media and attract new members. She likes to photograph architecture and conquer mountain peaks.


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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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.


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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Yelyzaveta Kukharuk


Yelyzaveta has been an ENGin student herself. In the last two years, it helped her boost her spoken English. She is passionate about communications, political science, and international affair. Thus, she desires to pursue her future career in these areas. Yelyzaveta is also a big fan of dancing, volleyball, and visual art. While studying in the average public Ukrainian school herself, she also understood that students do not have enough resources to upgrade their English level for their further careers and dreams, so she decided to join the ENGin team to help other students gain the confidence in their spoken English and encourage them to learn languages.


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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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 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.


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.


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.


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.


Tanya Tkachenko


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. 


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.


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.


Mykola Melnyk

Director of Communications and Volunteer Support

Mykola is passionate about social change and Peacebuilding. As a Master graduate of International relations from Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, he knows the importance of English proficiency from first-hand experience. In his free time he likes to play guitar and go for long walks with his dog. 


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.


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.


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.


Margarita Kutsa

Curriculum Developer

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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Olha Kovach


Olha is a current ENGin student and is passionate about social activism and education. She's actively participated in various all-Ukrainian projects and researched inclusion in Kyiv. She is also a founder of a social project, which promotes inclusion and supports children with disabilities in their diverse development. Olha hopes to use the gained experience to study Sociology and Politics in the future. As an ENGin interviewer, she is excited to help more Ukrainians improve their English and gain the experience of engagement with peers from abroad.

Volunteer Leaders

Interview Team:

Angelica Valdez
Marta Savych
Sophie Rosen
Lena Rukkas
Yubin Lee
Yana Honcharuk
Yelyzaveta Kukharuk
Olha Kovach


Student Community Leads:

Jacob Silverman 
Alyssa Wilkinson

Karina Serio

Volunteer Community Leads:

Olena Rukkas
Ananya Pendela

Alaina Parent

Halie Patel