Mariya Soroka, President, Marketing Director
In 2014 at the peak of protests in the Maidan, Mariya joined several fellow Ukrainians living in New York City to create Razom, a young, energetic, and progressive start-up which seeks to amplify the voice of Ukraine to an American audience. An active member of the board, she is responsible for organizing cultural events as well as cooperating with government representatives, activists, and various civic groups and human rights organizations in support of Ukraine’s quest for democracy.
Mariya is also heavily involved with fundraising for Razom’s projects via crowdsourcing, charity events, and online petitions. After graduating from Penn State University with a BA in Advertising and Public Relations and a dual minor in Entrepreneurship and International Studies, Mariya spent over 5 years in Manhattan working within the content marketing industry. She believes in the enormous potential of dedicated volunteers around the world working to rebuild Ukraine one project at a time.
Natalia Shyrba, Vice President, Operations Director
Natalia runs the operations for Razom, setting up processes, leading financial planning, ensuring compliance, and implementing IT tools. Natalia also produces the monthly newsletter and is actively involved in Razom’s social media communication.
Inspired into action by the protests on Maidan Square, Natalia began volunteering by completing translations of news, interviews, and articles, attending events and joining initiatives to provide humanitarian help. Impressed by the power of teamwork, she joined Razom shortly after it was founded. Natalia was actively involved in advocacy and in 2015, spent five months volunteering at the Odessa Regional Administration working on e-governance reforms.
Born in Ukraine, Natalia has lived in U.S. for over a decade. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in International Politics and Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She speaks English, Ukrainian and Russian and works in project management.
Olya Yarychkivska, Secretary
Since November 2013, the very first day of Maidan protest Olya has been glued to the internet and news. During rallies in New York City and Philadelphia, Olya met a group of young and eager Ukraine’s expats and together with them co-founded Razom. Since then she has been continuously volunteering her free time for Razom.
Currently, Olya is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University Medical Center. After moving to the US for college, she has been active in Ukrainian community by volunteering for Ukrainian Scouting Organization “Plast,” serving as a Vice-President of the Ukrainian club at Drexel University and SUSTA (The Federation of Ukrainian student Organizations of America).
Olya is interested in promoting science education in Ukraine and contributing to the development of a strong civil society in her native country. At Razom, she works on Razom Think initiative.
Dora Chomiak, Development Director
Dora Chomiak, a native New Yorker, has been active in the Ukrainian-American community in the United States since the 1980s. Dora has been traveling to Ukraine for 25 years and worked for the independent Soros foundation in Kyiv from 1991 to 1992 when she co-founded a media incubator that launched non-governmental news organizations in newly independent Ukraine. She then led a $7 million grant from USAID until 1994 with Internews.
Dora has grown businesses through marketing at brands such as McGraw-Hill, Thomson Reuters, and Baby Jogger. Dora holds an A.B from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She speaks English, Ukrainian and Russian. As an active member of the NYC tech start-up community, she leads the Razom IT initiative to grow the tech startup ecosystem in Ukraine.
Yulia Paslavska, Treasurer
Inspired by the protests at Maidan, Yulia joined Razom in January 2015 as a volunteer. After getting involved in several projects, she took on the responsibilities of Treasurer, overseeing the organization’s finances.
She currently works in NYC in financial planning and analysis at JetBlue Airways.
Yulia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. She also has a Masters in International Affairs and Economic Development from Texas A&M University, where she focused on Ukraine and wrote her capstone project for The Atlantic Council on the possibility of NATO membership for Ukraine.
Yulia was born and raised in Lviv, Ukraine and speaks Ukrainian. She has been an active member of the Ukrainian community in the US since immigrating over 15 years ago, teaching at the Ukrainian Saturday School in Hartford for several years while residing in Connecticut.
Lyuba co-founded Razom during the Maidan protests and was the first president of the organization.
In a past life, Lyuba was a lead software engineer at Callfire, a software company with Headquarters in Santa Monica, CA, and affiliated offices in Hoboken, N.J., and Kyiv, Ukraine. Lyuba managed teams of developers in Hoboken and Kyiv offices. She was responsible for opening the Kyiv office and hiring a large team of developers there.
Lyuba was born in Ukraine and speaks English, Ukrainian and Russian. Lyuba has extensive experience with charitable organizations in Ukraine. In her spare time, Lyuba does workshops to teach web development and volunteers for Shorefront YM/YWCA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach. Prior to moving to the USA, Lyuba was a founder and president of the Zaporizhzhya branch of the Ukrainian Youth Organization “Molodyj Rukh”, a founder and a director of the press center of the Model United Nations in Eastern Ukraine, and Zaporizhzhya Model United Nations Deputy Secretary-General.
Iryna Mazur practiced law in Ukraine where she held various positions including working at the Antimonopoly Committee of the Lviv Region. A native of Lviv in Western Ukraine, she moved to the United States 14 years ago and received an LLM degree in 2009 from Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Iryna has been very active in the Ukrainian community in the US, and in March 2015 she was appointed as a volunteer advisor to the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations. Iryna works at the law firm founded by her husband, a practicing attorney in Philadelphia, PA. She speaks English, Ukrainian and Russian.
Tetyana Dzhula has been volunteering for Razom since it was founded in January 2014.
Born and raised in Ukraine, Tetyana got her degree in Applied Linguistics from Lviv National Polytechnic University and moved to New York. She has worked for an international travel company and on linguistic projects and recently transitioned to a data science field.
At Razom Tetyana has been involved in various programs as well as ongoing media monitoring project ‘OKO’ that operates in partnership with Agency of Image of Ukraine (Kyiv). Tetyana draws her inspiration from Ukraine’s dynamic and bright young generation and volunteers to see them succeed.
Former board members:
- Anna Shpook
- Viktor Berezyuk
- Makar Kobylinskyi
- Ivanna Bilych
- Bohdan Pechenyak
- Anastasiia Rybytska
- Bohdan Polovko