Razom unites various Ukrainian activists throughout the U.S. and maintains a global network of over 2,000 people of diverse background – doctors, engineers, educators, as well as legal and financial professionals.
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. Dora has been involved in the numerous Razom projects, and is also responsible for the Razom Partnership with Hromadske Radio.
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. Lyuba has initiated and is in charge of the Bohdan Radchenko Veteran Stipends program and the Razom partnership with the Institute of Gender Studies.
Oksana’s passion for supporting the young generation of Ukrainians brought her to Razom in 2016. She has been managing the Razom Partners program and is involved in several projects focusing on leadership, education, and culture. Oksana spent five years in London as a management consultant and over a decade on Wall Street as an equity analyst researching and investing in the consumer sectors. A native of Ternopil, Oksana is fluent in Ukrainian and travels frequently to her home country. She has a BA in Economics from Kyiv Mohyla Academy and MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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 has been long 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. Currently, Mariya is the lead of the Co-Pilot Project, which aims to raise the bar of neurosurgical training in Ukraine.
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 several 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.
Maryna Prykhodko was born and raised in Kharkiv, Ukraine and currently resides in New York City, where she works in the music business but lives and breathes everything Ukrainian. Inspired by the irreversible spirit of Euromaidan, Maryna has volunteered with Razom since its beginning in 2014, and is now a proud board member and leader of the Razom Think initiative.
Maryna graduated in 2018 with her Master’s degree in International Relations from New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She also received her undergraduate degree in Politics, Rights, and Development from New York University. She has previously worked on gender policy and peacekeeping in the UN through various NGOs and during the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women. Maryna frequently travels home to Kharkiv and is eager to share the magic of her hometown with everyone she meets.
Born and raised in Lviv, Maria has started her education in Lviv where she attended Lvivska Polytechnica. While being a student there, she co-founded a local chapter of AIESEC, an international student organization. In the summer of 1994, Maria received a scholarship from Ukrainian Professionals and Businesspeople Association to attend the summer school at HURI (Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute). The following summer, Maria came back to the United States on a scholarship from Cornell University. Maria started her professional career at Goldman Sachs. After her son, Aaron, was born in 2004, she left Goldman Sachs and since pursued a variety of projects in education and culture. Maria has been deeply involved with Razom since 2017 and has been an enthusiastic supporter since 2014 when she attended a concert by Taras Chubai in New York. It is Maria who co-founded and is now managing the Razom Book Club. It’s Maria who initiated and built the partnership with the Serhiy Zhadan Charitable Foundation in Ukraine. In her tenure on Razom Board Maria hopes to contribute to unlocking the potential of Ukraine.
Nastia Rab was born and raised in Lviv, Ukraine and currently resides in Wisconsin, not far from the Chicago area Ukrainian-American community where she grew up as a teen and a proud Plastunka. Nastia gained a degree in Political Science and French from Barnard College in New York City and started her career in tech at PowerToFly, a mission-driven startup in the diversity, equity and inclusion space. Earlier, Nastia gained valuable experience working at the Council of Europe in France, the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative in Romania, and the Athena Leadership Center at Barnard College.
Nastia got hooked on Razom through the Razom IT project, inspired by the incredible ideas and change-makers coming out of Ukraine that the project exposed her to. She went on to help host the Razom IT Trip in 2016 and Razom IT Speaker Series aimed at amplifying the voices of people from Ukraine in conversations in the US, and to build a community of people in New York who are interested in the intersection of tech and Ukraine. Nastia helped organize and manage many events throughout the years and later served as Secretary to the board for three years.
Born and raised in Ukraine, Dmytro has lived in the United States for over 20 years now. With nearly 20 years of professional experience in IT, the last 10 of them Dmytro has dedicated to cybersecurity. His strong expertise in the field has been especially helpful in his active volunteering for and mentoring of Ukrainian veterans in obtaining a new profession in IT within our Veteranius project. Earlier Dmytro has long been volunteering for the oldest Razom project – Toy Drive, supporting children of wounded and killed Ukrainian soldiers. Moreover, Razom is honored to have engaged Dima in a variety of helpful roles since 2014, and especial thanks to always being our reliable and highly responsible tech support at our events. Beyond all, Dmytro values honesty, integrity and openness, which adds to the effective and smooth work of our Razom Board.
Olya has been with Razom since the very beginning and is one of the co-founders of the organization. Olya has been very active for years and was a Board member for a while, until she had to put her activism on a pause while finishing her PhD in Molecular Biology from Columbia University. Since receiving the degree, Olya got herself fully submerged in the campaign to save little Dmytryk from Odesa, who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease SMA. Being one of the most active leaders for the campaign #ДітиМиВстигнемо (#ChildrenWeWillMakeItOnTime), after the required $2million was raised for the life-saving medication, Olya continued with the initiative starting the Save SMA Children project within Razom. The project raises public awareness of the harsh situation of Ukrainian children with rare genetic disease and aims to improve healthcare delivery and access to newly available treatments for Ukrainian children suffering from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) through official changes in medical support legislation.
Former board members:
- Anna Shpook
- Viktor Berezyuk
- Makar Kobylinskyi
- Ivanna Bilych
- Bohdan Pechenyak
- Anastasiia Rybytska
- Bohdan Polovko
- Natalia Shyrba
- Tetyana Dzhula
- Daria Ozimko
- Yulia Paslavska
- Olya Yarychkivska
- Anya Sobolevska
- Iryna Mazur
- Oleksii Prokopenko