What you
should know

The "RUF Angels" program is available to those few truly special people who really believe in our 100% model, in our mission, and everything RUF represents. The first 100 Angels will be forever named "The Founding Angels".

Become a Founding Angel

Become a founding angel

Angels Benefits

The "Founding Angels" names will be commemorated on a bronze plaque in the RUF Headquarters, and their stories locked for 100 years in a sealed bottle, for generations. For real, we intend to do this, as soon as we have 100 Angels :)

But there are other significant benefits. The "Founding Angels" can nominate their favorite nonprofit organizations and they also vote to select the yearly Flagship organization. They get the pride of being the "founding fathers" of an organization that one day will, hopefully, become the global conduit of Romanian communities worldwide for doing good.

Who are our Angels?

Our Angels are professionals and business people who have made a pledge to support the organization annually. It is simple, RUF exists and can act as a 100% pass-through organization because our Angels exist.

Learn more about our funding sources and see our finances in the Transparency section. Ask us more about this program or the RUF pledge, or see about our Membership program.

Ted Cominos

Founding Angel; RUF Board of Directors; Venture Capital / Private Equity Attorney
Ted Cominos is Corporate / Private Capital partner with the Global-10 law firm, Eversheds-Sutherland.
Eduard Chira

RUF Founding Angel, Ambassador of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
General Manager at Compass Truck Rental and Leasing. Eduard has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) focused in Business/Managerial Economics from UBV.
Diana Dram

Founding Angel, Chicago, USA; Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Diana is acting as Global Strategic Sourcing Director with McDonald’s. She leads business relationships and strategies that leverage scale for positive impact on the environment and communities globally.
Oana Dobrean-Urzica

Ambassador of RoCo , Supporter of RoCo
I identify myself with the feeling and the vision of many RUF projects, but the idea of the Community Centery of Chicago is the answer to many questions I've been asking about our community since I've been in the US, here, now, and in the future.
Matthew Bowker

Owner of Lodge Financial and RUF Founding Angel, Chicago
Matt is the owner of Lodge Financial, a commercial financing company that provides loans that range from $100,000 to 20 million. Its nationwide network has allowed Lodge Financial to finance hundreds of millions of transactions for its customer base, many
Vlad Vitoc

Founding Angel, Founder and CEO of MAIA Biotechnology
Monica Ferchi

RUF Fundraiser & Founding Angel, Honorary Member of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Founder and CEO of TransUSA Exchange, a cultural exchange organization that specializes in placing international students and young professionals with industry leaders in the U.S.
Radu Georgescu

Serial Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist, Founder of Seedblink, RUF Founding Angel
One of the most prominent and successful entrepreneurs in Eastern Europe, Radu founded GECAD in 1992. He focuses on identifying and on-boarding new investment opportunities, as well as promoting entrepreneurship in the new generation of innovators.
Flaviu Simihaian

Founding Angel, CEO at Troy Medicare, Charlotte, NC
A Harvard Business School graduate, Flaviu is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded Troy Medicare and previously iMedicare, a Software-as-a-Service platform that 10,000+ pharmacies use to grow their business and care for each patient.
Dana Pirvu

Founding Angel, SF, California
Dan Serban

RUF Fundraiser & Founding Angel, Key West, Florida; Honorary Member of RoCo
Dan is one of the best-connected Real Estate Agents and a Top Producer in the Luxury Real Estate market in Key West. He is passionate about preserving Romanian American values and being an Ambassador of the Romanian United Fund in the Key West Area.
Relu Stan

Founding Angel, Chicago, IL
Mike Dinescu

Founding Angel, RUF Ambassador in Irvine, CA
Monica Magdas Miller

Founding Angels, Los Angeles, CA
Monica is the founder of Santicler, a sustainable apparel brand exclusively manufactured in Romania. Deeply passionate about the country’s traditional textiles and its bucolic countryside, she wants to help revive its rural areas by promoting economic act
Horatiu Suciu

Founding Angel, Chicago, Il
Managing Partner at City Habitat Properties
Ligia Apostoaia

Founding Member, Secretary of the BoD, CEO of MDL Investments
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.
Mihai Lehene

President and Founding Member of RUF
Mihai is a Founding Member and the President of RUF. Passionate and caring, Mihai’s goal is to inspire all around him to be better and help each other, especially his fellow Romanian Americans.
Adrian Calugar

Founding Angel
"Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting". - Brian Tracy
Catalin Maticiuc

RUF Founding Angel & Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center Chicago
Grigore Rosu
Researcher, educator and entrepreneur in the areas of programming languages, formal methods and software engineering. My main objective is to design and develop techniques that help improve the quality, performance and effectiveness of computing systems.
Harley Rosenthal

Attorney at Rosenthal Law Group, RUF Founding Angel
Cristian Puscas

Founding Angel
Director of Business Development at ATS FREEWAY
Carmen Sauciuc

Founding Angel, Chicago Founder; Honorary Member of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
A Certified Neuro-Linguistic Therapist and Founder of Creating Ease, Carmen focuses on progressive coaching and teaching. She has been involved in and supporting the Romanian community for over two decades.
Nicole Blajan

Honorary Member of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center Chicago
Managing Principal at GSD Real Estate Group
Eugen Vasile

Founding Angel, Chicago
Luciana Nemtanu

Founding Angel, Volunteer Engagement Director
Luciana brings extensive strategic leadership experience in higher education, research and the nonprofit sector in the US and Romania. She has worked with thousands of volunteers to optimize their work together towards a shared goal.
Sebastian Micle

Ioana & Sebastian Micle, Founding Angels, Lake Forest, IL, USA
Sebastian is the Owner of New Explode Construction, of Lake Forest, IL.
Cristian Comsa

Founding Angel, London, UK
Cristian is the Head of Structured Funds and Linear Cross Assets Trading at UniCredit United Kingdom.