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.

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.
 
Oana Dobrean - Urzica

Founding Angel , Ambassador of RoCo , Supporter of RoCo
Claudiu Radu

Supporter of the Romanian Community Center of Chicago
Cristian Merdariu

Founding Angel, RCC Chicago Ambassador
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

Founding Angel
Director of Business Development at ATS FREEWAY
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.
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.
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
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, New York City
Robert is Director of Global Business Development at Barings Bank. He lives in New York City.
 
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
Dana is Senior Product Counsel at Instacart. She lives in San Francisco.
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
Founder and Creative Director of Santicler, a luxury apparel collection manufactured exclusively in Romania.
 
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
 
Luisa Rosu

Founding Angel, Urbana-Champaign
Luisa received her Ph.D. in Continuing Teacher Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds an M.A in Applied Mathematics from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in from the University of Bucharest.
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. His 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