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.

Catalin Maticiuc

Founding Angel 
Member 
RUF Founding Angel & Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center Chicago
Volunteer  Teacher 
Catalin is passionate about real estate investing, passive income, and world traveling.
 
Simona Oarga
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
 
Carmen Sauciuc

Founding Angel 
Honorary Member 
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.
 
Matthew Bowker

Founding Angel 
Member 
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
 
Oana Dobrean-Urzica

Founding Angel 
Member 
Founding Angel, ROCO Ambassador , Supporter of ROCO, ROCO Communications Lead
Volunteer  Teacher 
Oana has been one of the biggest believers in ROCO since the very beginning and one of the most active volunteers. She believes in the strength of our community, in volunteering, doing good, and leaving something worth while behind.
 
Luciana Nemtanu
Luciana is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, particularly through mentoring programs that advance equity in education, research, and innovation. She currently works at University of Michigan.
 
Monica Ferchi

Founding Angel 
Member 
RUF Fundraiser & Founding Angel, Honorary Member of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Volunteer 
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.
 
Dan Dudici

Founding Angel 
Member 
CEO of STS, RUF Founding Angel, Chicago
Business executive with expertise in tech, management, sales, product management and development, and marketing. Career record of driving global company growth using innovative or disruptive strategies.
Claudiu Radu

Founding Angel 
Honorary Member 
Supporter of the Romanian Community Center of Chicago
Founding Angel.
 
Cristian Merdariu
Cristian is co-founder and owner of City Habitat Realty, a successful real estate company in Chicago. He believes Romanians should work harder to express and identify themselves as one nation, to earn their own sense of value and the right to be proud.
 
Cristian Puscas
Director of Business Development at ATS FREEWAY
 
Diana Dram

Founding Angel 
Honorary Member 
ROCO Biz
Founding Angel; ROCO Biz Chapter Lead and Member of ROCO
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.
 
Onita Circu

Founding Angel 
Honorary Member 
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
 
Ted Cominos

Founding Angel 
Board of Advisors 
Honorary Member 
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

Founding Angel 
Member 
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.
 
Vlad Vitoc

Founding Angel 
Member 
Founding Angel, Founder and CEO of MAIA Biotechnology
Vlad is the Founder of CEO of Maia Biotechnologies, an immuno-oncology company focused on the development and commercialization of potential first-in-class drugs.
 
Robert Rdzak

Founding Angel 
Member 
Founding Angel, New York City
Robert is Director of Global Business Development at Barings Bank. He lives in New York City.
 
Radu Georgescu

Founding Angel 
Member 
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 
Member 
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 
Member 
Founding Angel, SF, California
Dana is Senior Product Counsel at Instacart. She lives in San Francisco. She works with coverage for claims, claims disputes, and settlements.
 
Dan Serban

Founding Angel 
Honorary Member 
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 
Member 
Founding Angel, Chicago, IL
Entrepreneur with experience in real estate development, property management, internet marketing, web development, sales, and marketing.
 
Mike Dinescu

Founding Angel 
Member 
Founding Angel, RUF Ambassador in Irvine, CA
Volunteer  Teacher 
Full stack engineer working at Amazon/Alexa. Not long ago, breaking the cloud at AWS, building web services at scale to solve BigData problems. Mike lives in San Diego and chose to teach Math to be an inspiration for children, including his two daughters.
Monica Magdas Miller

Founding Angel 
Member 
Founding Angels, Los Angeles, CA
Founder and Creative Director of Santicler, a luxury apparel collection manufactured exclusively in Romania.
 
Horatiu Suciu

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

Founding Angel 
Board of Directors 
Member 
Founding Member, Secretary of the BoD, 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.
Mihai Lehene

Founding Angel 
Board of Directors 
Honorary Member 
President and Founding Member of RUF. President of FORA
Founder  Volunteer (full)  Teacher 
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
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