Volunteers

More than 100 volunteers have joined us from all over the world (especially from the US and Romania). From entrepreneurs to non-profit leaders to professors to lawyers to marketing and management folk, our team is made out of people united by their commitment to supporting positive change and their love for Romania. Backed by a strong International Board of Advisors, they made RUF what it is today.

Mihai Lehene

Founding Angel 
Board of Directors 
Founder, Romanian United Foundation
Founder  Volunteer (full)  Teacher 
Mihai is the Owner of MDL Investments, a real-estate and VC family-office with a focus on emerging technologies, including fintech, biotech and crypto. In 2020 Mihai resigned his business roles to run RUF, and in 2022 he was elected as President of FORA.
 
Simona Oarga

Founding Angel 
Founding Angel, Chicago, IL
Volunteer 
Simona Oarga assists taxpayers and small businesses with taxes in Chicago IL and the surrounding communities. Whether you are an individual or a local business in or around Chicago IL, Simona C. Oarga has years of valuable experience as an IRS registered
 
Cristina Haidau

Member 
Volunteer, ROCO Edu Chapter Lead, Supporter of ROCO
Volunteer 
Adina Sandu

Founding Angel 
Tech Support/Events
Founding Member  Volunteer 
Graduated from UIC, College of Business, with a degree in finance and works as a Digital Manager at Mainland. Fun facts: prefers a camera, unable to make a choice between hiking a mountain or walking in the sand, an incurable optimist.
 
Ligia Apostoaia

Founding Angel 
Board of Directors 
Secretary of the Board, CEO of MDL Investments
Founding Member  Volunteer  Teacher 
Ligia’s charity involvement began at a very young age, helping her family foundation with the distribution of humanitarian aid to the families in need in the area immediately. Today she continues to do what she is most passionate about: doing good.
Cosmina Ungur

Member 
Office Manager, Chicago
Founding Member  Volunteer 
Cosmina has a Master Degree in Economics from University of Targu Mures. She is the RUF office wizard, handling all accounting and administrative issues. She moved to Chicago from Romania more than a decade ago and she is passionate about helping people.
Valentin Daraban

Founding Angel 
Founding Angel, Ambassador of the Romanian Community Center of Chicago
Volunteer 
Real Estate Developer for Keeper Development INC
Georgiana Merdariu

Founding Angel 
Chief Engagement Officer
Founding Member  Staff  Teacher 
Georgiana is bringing extensive experience in Communication & Marketing gained from her previous roles as a journalist in the biggest media trust in Romania and coordinator of international campaigns for well-established clients at Ogilvy and Grey G2.
Ana Grecu

Member 
Ambassador and Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Volunteer 
I love to be involved in community projects! Ready to be involved in projects to make others people life better! Being helpful is what i love to do!
 
Irina Nedeljkovic

Member 
RUF Core Team Member, ROCO Events Team Coordinator, "Trips To Romania" Program Manager
Staff 
I've been volunteering for RUF and Via Transilvanica for a long time, and I absolutely love. I am currently organizing the RUF & Via Transilvanica trips to Romania every year.
 
Paula Telcian

Member 
ROCO Chicago: Community Outreach Liaison
Volunteer 
A dedicated leader that volunteers through her church and Romanian Community in Chicago. Passionate about teaching her culture, traditions, and faith to children and youth, organizes various social, cultural, and religious events in the community. Studie
 
Diana Ulici

Member 
ROCO Member, ROCO Fun Chapter Lead, Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Cente
Volunteer 
Diana has an extensive background in Sports and Management, and graduated with a Master's in Healthcare Administration from National Louis University in Chicago.
 
Dan Cosma

Member 
Ambassador of RoCo, Supporter of RoCo
Volunteer 
Monica Horga

Member 
Founding Member, Ambassador of RoCo, Supporter of RoCo
Founding Member  Volunteer 
Iulia Dima

Member 
Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Volunteer  Teacher 
Onita Circu

Founding Angel 
Honorary member of ROCO, Gala Fundraising Committee Chair
Volunteer 
Real estate investor with over 15 years experience in accounting and property management. Graduated from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania with a Bachelor's degree in International Business
 
Lia Dancu Fratila

Member 
Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Volunteer 
Marius Stan

Member 
Board of Directors 
Scientist, Author and Actor
Volunteer 
Marius is internationally recognized as one of the founders of computer simulation of complex phenomena. He was Principal Investigator at the Argonne Laboratory and an Associate Professor at the Univ. of Chicago and Northwestern University.
 
Adriana Rosca

Member 
Program Coordinator. Volunteer Storyteller. Member of ROCO
Volunteer  Teacher 
Adriana moved to Chicago from Romania in 2008. She’s a passionate story teller and public speaker that wants to give back to her community.
 
Gabriela Cosma

Member 
Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Volunteer 
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Masters of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University. She taught Science, Social Studies, and English as a Second Language to refugees from the Middle East in public school
Romina Ionascu

Founding Angel 
Executive Assistant
Staff 
Originally from Romania, I relocated to the US in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. Currently, I serve as the administrative expert at RUF, where I handle all accounting and administrative issues. I have a passion for teaching young children.
Catalin Maticiuc

Founding Angel 
Founder & CEO, Forza Companies
Volunteer  Teacher 
Catalin is passionate about real estate investing, passive income, and world traveling.
 
Claudia Lehene

Founding Angel 
Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Volunteer 
Claudia graduated from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine with a Masters Degree in Medical Science as a Physician Assistant.
Violeta Balan

Member 
Volunteer 
 
Florin Pricop

Member 
Volunteer 
As a consultant, Florin is specialized in LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT and SALES. During his career he received his Executive Management from University of Notre Dame, helped many small companies or Nonprofit Organizations SCALE IT UP.
 
Sorin Lazar

Member 
Cardiologist, UI Health
Volunteer 
Lavinia Nedelcu

Member 
Tech Team/Website & UX
Volunteer 
Lavinia is a vibrant individual with a diverse range of interests that combine computer science, digital marketing, socializing, and volunteering. She finds happiness from being in the company of others and actively seek out volunteer opportunities.
 
Dorin Acu

Member 
ROCO Biz
Enhance human and business longevity, resilience, and purpose
Volunteer 
I am an entrepreneur scientist with a mission: to enhance human and business longevity, resilience, and purpose. At present, my attention is laser-focused on refining a comprehensive technology suite developed by Computyx,com. This versatile array of tool
marius pop

Founding Angel 
Honorary Member of RoCo, Romanian Community Center of Chicago
Volunteer 

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