Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America (KMFA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established to support the Kyiv Mohyla Academy
Chairman of Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation
Yuriy Gorodnichenko, PhD, is associate professor with tenure at the Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Gorodnichenko is a graduate of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, where he received his undergraduate degree in economics with high honors. He then continued his studies in the United States receiving a PhD in Economics at the University of Michigan. He serves as editor of “Review of Economics and Statistics”, associate editor of “Journal of Monetary Economics”, visiting scholar at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and holds many other positions.
Ambassador Borys I. Tarasiuk
Co-Chairman of Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation Ambassador Tarasyuk has twice served as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Ambassador Tarasyuk served as Deputy Foreign Minister from 1992 to 1995 and served as Ambassador of Ukraine in Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands and as Ukraine’s Representative to NATO from 1995 to 1998. He served in the Cabinets of prime ministers Yulia Tymoshenko, Yuriy Yekhanurov, and Viktor Yanukovych. Ambassador Borys Tarasyuk is the founder of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation and serves as the Chairman of Ukraine’s Parliamentary Committee on European Integration.
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David F. Bishop
Board Member and Treasurer
David Bishop is University Librarian Emeritus at Northwestern University. He was University Librarian from 1992 through 2006, and prior to that, he was the University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Director of Libraries at the University of Georgia and Assistant Director for Technical Services at the University of Chicago. He has served on the governing boards of many organizations, including the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, EDUCOM, and The Coalition for Networked Information. Since 2008 he has been a principal adviser to the Electronic Library of Ukraine project.
Vyacheslav S. Bryukhovetsky
Vyacheslav Bryukhovetsky served as the Founder and the President of the re-established National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy after the dismantling of the Soviet Union from 1991 to 2007. He then became the University’s Honorary President. In the past he served as chief of the Literature Department at Shevchenko Institute of Literature of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, member of the National Academy of Science for UNESCO, founding member of the Rukh Movement for Ukrainian Independence. His distinguished career includes work as a published author, essayist, literary critic, political activist and educator. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards in recognition for his pioneering leadership in education reform, and defense of academic freedom and university autonomy. He was ranked as one of Ukraine’s “Most Influential People of Ukraine” by the journal “Korrespondent”.
Marta Farion, President
President of Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America
Farion is an attorney currently serving as Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation’s president. She was legal counsel at Redex Packaging Corp. with areas of concentration in business transactions, intellectual property, employment issues and project management. Ms. Farion is a member of the Executive Committee of the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office of International Relations – Sister Cities Program and served as chairperson of the Chicago-Kyiv Sister Cities Committee from 1995 to 2007, and in that capacity she organized and managed numerous government and business U.S. – Ukraine projects. Ms. Farion is chairperson of the board of the Electronic Library of Ukraine, a project aimed at providing access to electronic academic and research information to Ukraine’s universities. Statement by the President →
Jaroslawa Zelinsky Johnson
Jaroslawa Zelinsky Johnson, is Managing Partner of Chadbourne and Parke’s Kyiv law office. She has advised international corporate clients doing business in Ukraine and the CIS for more than 16 years. Ms. Johnson focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, banking, project finance and privatization, corporate governance and finance, secured transactions and government relations. She focused initially on corporate representation in Poland. In 1991 she expanded her law practice to Ukraine, representing western multinational corporations in telecommunications, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, food processing, transportation, oil and gas and agrochemicals. Ms. Johnson has been a featured speaker at major international conferences related to Ukraine. She is the author of numerous published articles.
William Gleason, is Chair of Advanced Polish & Ukrainian Area Studies and Coordinator of Eurasian Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Gleason is a long time Russia and Eastern Europe expert who oversees a key training program for American diplomats preparing to serve in the region. Dr. Gleason served as Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and as director of the Fulbright Program for Ukraine in 1998 – 2000. He lectured at numerous universities including the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He is the author of numerous books and publications on history, culture and interactions on Russia and Ukraine. His article “Ukrainian Higher Education in Transition: Perspective and Policy Implications,” was published in the Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization in the Summer of 2001.
Amb. William Green Miller
Honorary Member of the Board
William Green Miller served as Ambassador of the United States to Ukraine from 1993 to 1998. Ambassador Miller led a distinguished career as a diplomat with extensive service related to Russia, Ukraine and Iran. He also served as Associate Dean and Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Research Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, and President of the American Committee on United States-Soviet Relations. He is a Senior Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars and serves in various foundations.
Daniel Hryhorczuk is a Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Epidemiology at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. He is the Director of the Great Lakes Centers for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, which is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. Dr. Hryhorczuk has been engaged in collaborative research and capacity building in public health in Ukraine for the past two decades. He is currently working on the “Family and Children of Ukraine” birth cohort study in Kyiv, Dniprodzerzhinsk, and Mariupol and is providing data management support to the U.S.-Ukrainian study of thyroid cancer in children following the Chornobyl accident. He is Visiting Professor in Public Health at NaUKMA and has served as a consultant to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and the World Bank. Dr. Hryhorczuk is a full international member of the Ukrainian Academy of Medical Sciences.
Board Member and Corporate Secretary Mostovych is a marketing consultant specializing in global branding and marketing communications. She held various marketing positions with HSBC, Harris Bank and Trust and several manufacturing companies. She is Co-Founder and President of the Chicago Business and Professional Group, an educational and professional association dedicated to serious analysis and discussion of matters related to Ukraine and the post-Soviet region. The association has sponsored two international conferences on the Chornobyl disaster, as well as numerous seminars and panels on business, societal and political issues in Ukraine and the world. Dr. Mostovych holds a Ph.D. in French Literature and European Studies from Indiana University. She is co-author, with George Liber, of “Nonconformity and Dissent in the Ukrainian SSR, 1955-1975: An Annotated Bibliography”, published by Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, 1978
Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Ph.D., a professor of Jewish studies at Northwestern University in Chicago, historian, philologist and essayist, presented his lecture at NaUKMA’s Program in Jewish Studies in Kyiv. Prof. Petrovsky-Shtern is a Visiting Professor at NaUKMA, a Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and a Visiting Professor at the Free Ukrainian University in Munich. He received an honorary doctorate degree from NaUKMA in January 2014. He is the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and a Professor of Jewish History. He teaches a variety of undergraduate-level courses that also include “Ukraine: History and Culture; and Slavic-Jewish Literature”. He was born in Kyiv in 1962 to the family of Miron Petrovsky, a noted Ukrainian philologist. He studied art and music early on, and for some time sang in the Shchedryk children’s choir.
Ruslan Petrychka is the anchor, editor, producer, and reporter of the Voice of America Ukrainian program. A graduate of Kyiv Mohyla Academy’s School of Journalism, he is the recipient of the 2012 Gold Medal Award in recognition of exemplary contributions towards the accomplishment of the mission and goals of Voice of America, “for extraordinary dedication, teamwork, versatility, and an impact as an anchor, reporter editor and producer in VOA Ukrainian program”.
Nataliya Popovych, graduate of National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, is the President of PRP Group, a Weber Shandwick Affiliate company. She supervises the firm’s operations in Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan and drives the development of the agency’s business in other CIS markets. Ms. Popovych is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and one of the co-founders of Ukraine Crisis Media Center. She is a strong supporter of civil society’s role in shaping national policy.
Board of Advisors
Andriy Meleshevych, PhD, President of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, holds a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in the U.S. He was awarded a visiting fellowship at Stanford University in 2010, and served as visiting professor at Heidelberg University in Germany, at Syracuse University in the U.S., and Yerevan University in Armenia. He has widely published internationally in the fields of European human rights law, institution-building in the post-Soviet transitional countries, political consequences of electoral laws and executive-legislative arrangements, political parties, comparative constitutions, constitutional law and philosophy of law. Prior to his election as president of NaUKMA, Dr. Meleshevych was dean of the Kyiv-Mohyla School of Law and served on its faculty.
Yuri M. Shcherbak
Yuri Shcherbak, served as Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States, Canada and Israel. Dr. Shcherbak is a writer and physician who came to international prominence with his exposé on Chornobyl, and as founder of the Ukrainian Green Party and Ukraine’s first minister of environmental protection. Internationally recognized as one of Ukraine’s foremost specialists on geo-political strategic issues, he is the author of numerous studies, articles and books on Chornobyl, ecology, public health, NATO and Ukraine’s relations with Russia, the European Union and the United States. Through the years he has been internationally sought as a political analyst and commentator by all media outlets, conferences and seminars, and is a respected diplomat in the international arena.
Marta T. Sterniuk
Marta Sterniuk is a business executive, owner of an import-export firm in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Having emigrated from Ukraine, Ms. Sterniuk is a long-time resident of Argentina, where she has been a member of the Ukrainian community, with a leading role in matters related to human rights and international relations. She has a long record of support and activity in the annual International Book Fair of Buenos Aires, one of the top five book expos in the world, oriented to the literary community as well as to the general public, where she contributed to the presentation of books related to Ukraine, at meetings and conferences of editors, publishers, translators, booksellers, educators and librarians. The Fair included the hosting and presentation of leading Ukrainian writers and poets in the largest such event in the Spanish speaking world, with the organization of media coverage.
Ihor I. Wyslotsky
Ihor Wyslotsky served as president of the Kyiv Mohyla Foundation from 2002 until 2005 and currently serves on the Board. Mr. Wyslotsky is an engineer, who was founder and president of Redex Packaging Corporation, a firm in technology development. He was awarded more than 50 patents related to electronics, mechanical engineering, polymer chemistry and product design. With Jaroslawa Zelinsky Johnson he was co-founder of the America Ukraine Business Council in 1991. He was also co-founder and former president of the Ukrainian Studies Committee at University of Illinois, and served as a member of the Working Committee for Ukraine at the Center of Strategic International Studies (CSIS). He is currently involved in technology transfer in the energy area. Mr. Wyslotsky was an early supporter of the re-establishment of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in 1991 and has devoted himself to strengthening the university’s future.