05Feb2023

While you are reading this, Ukraine continues to defend against Russian aggression. Calling All to Help

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Iryna Hryshchanka

Iryna's Biography

Iryna was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. She moved to the US 11 years ago and currently lives in Milwaukee, WI. Iryna has 15 years of experience in supply chain, currently a Procurement Manager at Milwaukee based printing company with manufacturing facilities across the nation.

Belarusians, like Iryna, from all over the world stand with Ukraine, don’t support Belarusian government’s endorsement of Russian invasion of Ukraine and staging of Russian troops in Belarus. Within the last two years, thousands of Belarusians have been arrested, tortured, and imprisoned for non-existing political crimes – just for trying to voice their rightful disagreement with the current illegitimate Belarusian president. Hundreds of thousands fled Belarus as refugees, being scared for their lives and seeking freedom – Ukraine became home for a huge number of those people. Belarusians, just like many Russians, refuse to associate themselves with the aggression and have started various initiatives to help our friends in Ukraine.

When Russia invaded Ukraine, Iryna wanted to help and decided to use her connections to create and coordinate our Ukrainain Flag Fundraiser. Proceeds from sales of our Ukrainian flags go to Ukraine relief efforts. 

Lucy Gomeniouk, CPA

Lyudmila (Lucy) Gomeniouk, CPA, CIA, CFSA, CISA

Lucy Gomeniouk was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a teenager in 1998, leaving several family members and friends in Kyiv.

Lucy has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Marketing from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a master’s degree in Accounting from Lakeland College. Lucy is a career auditor and holds a number of professional designations.

Lucy lives in a suburb of Milwaukee, with her husband, 4 children and two dogs.
When the war in Ukraine began on February 24th, Lucy’s family in Kyiv had to abruptly leave their homes and seek shelter away from the capital. 

In efforts to help those impacted by the war, Lucy partnered with her long-time friend Anya, to organize and facilitate humanitarian help. Lucy speaks English, Russian, as well as Ukrainian. She helps our team coordinate aid with volunteers in Ukraine, including doctors in Kyiv Maternity Hospital №5 as well as other trusted groups.

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    Sergey Kazak

    Sergeys's Biography

    Born in Pinks, Belarus. Graduated from BSUIR Minsk University. Fluent in Belarussian, Russian and English languages.
    Sergey joined our team as an information technology consultant because he wants to support Ukraine.

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    13 years of experience in various IT areas, including web development, software engineering, devops. 

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      Svitlana Selska

      Svitlana

      Svitlana is from Ternopil, Ukraine. She has been living in USA for 9 years. Has experience in Customer service, sales, insurance, but her true passion is dancing. She is a former teacher and a current performer of Ukrainian folk dances. Svitlana wants to save our traditions and show it to the world. Also she loves animals so much and tries to help them whenever has a chance. Finished education in Ternopil National Pedagogical University as an ecologist.

      After the invasion started, Svitlana’s family temporarily moved to Poland. They wish to come back home under the peaceful sky as soon as possible. So she is willing to help our army to get stronger to save so many human and animal lives.

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        Vlad Boris

        Vlad's Biography

        Born in Brest (Belarus). Graduated from BSUIR Minsk University. Fluent in Russian and English languages. Vlad has decided to join the team in an advisory IT capacity because he wants to support Ukraine.  

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        Born in Brest (Belarus). Graduated from BSUIR Minsk University. Fluent in Russian and English languages. Vlad has decided to join the team in an advisory IT capacity because he wants to support Ukraine. 

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          Julie Grau, CPA

          Julie

          Julie is passionate about helping people and feels that she cannot sit idly by while watching what is happening to Ukraine. She worked in accounting for both small and large companies after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree (MBA) from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.  Julie is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Professional Coach (CPC). Recently she has worked in the education field and is the co-owner of Trinity Success Coaching. Julie resides near Milwaukee, WI with her adorable Black Lab/German Shepard mix, Remi. She enjoys travel and learning about different cultures.

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            Super President

            Super Mega President

            Born in crazy brain. Graduated from Crazy Brain.
            Still alive only because of crazy brain of his creator.

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            Drink, play, sleep. Super Mega President extremely good in it.

            Here you can wright any text. Whatever you want. But it must be approved by US gov. You know…

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              Katrina Kudar

              Katrina`s 's Biography

              Katrina was born and raised in Ukraine in the Mykolaiv region. She attended a local school, where she was the top student in her class, graduating with the highest honors and a 4.0 GPA (US equivalent to summa cum laude). Later, Katrina received her degree in Diplomacy with magna cum laude honor. After Katrina immigrated to the United States with her family, she also obtained her degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and was on Dean’s List for a few semesters. Katrina has nearly 13 years of professional experience in Finance, Accounting, and US Taxation. Katrina works as a business consultant and runs her own accounting company. She is fluent in English, French, Ukrainian, and Russian.

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              Katrina’s first exposure to philanthropy was early in her childhood. When she was only ten years old, she provided free tutoring for the children in her school, helping them with history, mathematics, biology, physics, and the French language. Later in her life, Katrina’s love for humanitarianism and philanthropy only grew stronger. After receiving her business degree, she has focused on various philanthropic projects involving helping immigrants connect in the US through her nonprofit social club Tourmond Travel and her educational workshops for the new immigrants in the USA with her NFP initiative “US Immigrant Support.”

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                Anna Kovalenko, CPA

                Anna (Anya) Kovalenko, CPA

                Anna was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and spend her childhood in Ukraine. She has fond memories of summer breaks spent on her grandparent’s farm, open lands that went back to their Cossack heritage. The time she spent with her grandmother in her childhood made a huge impact on her understanding of the world and appreciation of nature.

                She immigrated to the United States as a child with her mother after the collapse of USSR. She considers herself lucky to be accepted but the US and to have had the opportunity to build her American dream.

                Anna received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accounting and Finance from University of Milwaukee Wisconsin, where she was a graduate teaching assistant for Introduction to Accounting. She worked at PwC, Nike, and is currently working at Gap Inc. Anna has always been passionate about giving back, volunteering in financial literacy programs and running an environmental business simulation program in Wisconsin schools.

                When Ukraine was invaded, Anna’s family and friends were impacted and she had to do something to help. Anna started Help Ukraine Volunteers with Katrina Kudar and their friends to help provide relief to Ukrainians. Anna speaks English, Russian, and Ukrainian. She and our team of volunteers work to aid Ukraine in various ways every day.

                Anna hopes the war will end soon and that Help for Ukraine Volunteers can shift from helping people survive to rebuilding and helping Ukrainians thrive.

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                Anna is a CPA and has worked as a tax accountant for 10+ years at companies like PwC, Nike, and Gap. She is passionate about giving back and volunteering. She volunteered teaching financial literacy and environmental education for 6+ years

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                  Kim Yablonski

                  Kim Yablonski Biography

                  Kim was born and raised in Colorado, USA and now lives in Bend, Oregon, USA. Kim has traveled the world with her family, spending time in many countries, including Poland where her family roots go back generations. Kim has a passion for spreading positivity and making a positive impact on the environment and the people around her. To keep sane and balanced she spends a lot of time in the yoga studio. She also loves spending time outside, hiking, biking, running and walking her dog. 

                  Kim graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and has been a tax accountant for over fifteen years at companies like Crocs, Nike, and Gap. She is passionate about helping, she volunteers regularly and has organized initiatives for various US organizations. When the invasion of Ukraine started, she could not stand by, she decided to join the Help Ukraine Volunteers NFP as Treasurer to use her accounting and organizational skills to help. 

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