financing.jpgRUF as a 100% pass-through entity exists mainly because a small number of dedicated people underwrite all operational and fundraising costs: our Members, our Founding Angels, and our Main Sponsor. Our 5-year plan assumes no individual will represent more than 10% of the sources of operational revenues.


This is your opportunity to become part of a special community of monthly donors who are committed to helping RUF further its mission in connecting the Romanian communities all over the world. A recurring donation as small as 25$ per household ($10 per person) can make a significant difference.

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For RUF to become a truly independent and effective institution, it needs to be able to stand on its own. Your monthly gift ensures a predictable form of income to cover the organization’s operational expenses. You can change or cancel your pledge at any time. Ready to commit to more? Learn about our Founding Angels.

List of Current Members

Our members are a passionate and determined group of monthly givers on a mission to help RUF build a true Romanian American community in our lifetime. They are people like you, from all around the world, giving anything they can to prove how unstoppable we are when we work together.

 

Mihai Lehene

President and Founding Member of RUF. President of FORA
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.
 
Simona Oarga

Founding Angel
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
 
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.
Cristina Haidau

Volunteer, ROCO Edu, Supporter of ROCO
Adina Sandu

Founding Member, UX & Creative, Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” Incurable optimistic? Adina says no. We need to believe in the good that lies ahead and we can do amazing things together. Random fact: she would rather carry a camera than a purse.
 
cosmina ungur

Admin, Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Cosmina lives in Chicago with her son and husband. She moved from Targu Mures more than a decade ago where she earned her Masters in Economics.
Diana Muresan

Founding Angel, Honorary Member of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Diana Muresan is Mortgage Banker with The Federal Savings Bank, member of the Chairman Club and currently creating the first Senior Housing Department at the TFSB. She has a master degree from DuPaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
 
Miruna Zamfirescu

Founding Member, Reporting Officer, VP of Fundraising
Originally from Bistrita, Miruna earned her BA in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has built her career in the financial markets as an algorithmic trader/quantitative analyst.
Anamaria Neamt

Founding Member, Word Whisperer (Newsletter), Supporter of the Romanian Community Center of Chicago
“Don’t Panic” (aka Douglas Adams’ version of today’s “stay calm”) Born with an affinity for numbers and words in a family of educators. My journey: music school, writing club, math, economics, and, closing the circle, teaching. Going back to the roots se
 
Constantin Raduca

Supporter of RoCo, the Romanian Community Center of Chicago
Maria Molnar

Ambassador of the Chicago Community Center
Cristian Sabo

Supporter, Chicago Community Center
Ana Grecu

Ambassador and Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
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!
 
Mihaela Livanu

Community Partners Director
Mihaela is a social worker and co-founder of Spera Foundation, a nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for underprivileged children in Romania. She is also serving as an Educational Programs Advisor for SPOC Charity.
Andreea Rebaltescu

Communications Director, Supporter of ROCO Chicago, the Romanian Community Center
CEO & Founder of Sun Media Shine Digital Marketing Agency and Cora Phenix Entertainment. Graduated from Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj, Romania, and studied drama at the University Babes Bolyai in the same city, entertainer and published author.
 
Laura Bercean

Fundraising Coordinator, Key West
Laura lives in Key West with her family, including her 4 children Andrei, Thea, Nyssa, and Clara. Laura has been working with SOS Mission, a nonprofit focused on helping homeless people and poor families. She believes all Romanians should work together.
 
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.
 
Georgi Merdariu

Founding Member, Marketing Director, Ambassador and Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
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.
 
Camelia Rosca

RUF 4 Brasov Coronavirus Fundraiser
I am originally from Brasov, Romania. I live with my husband and two children in Boston, Massachusetts. My expertise is in educational systems and my passion, in addition to access to quality education for all, is working with others for the common good.
 
Oana Blaga

Supporter of RoCo
Monica Horga

Founding Member, Ambassador of RoCo, Supporter of RoCo
Mirela Birta

Founding Member
Mirela is co-founder of Spera Foundation, an organization that provides opportunities to underprivileged children in Romania to continue their education, achieve academic excellence, and ultimately make a positive impact in their communities.
 
Catalin Oancea

Ambassador of the Romanian Community Center of Chicago
Is a finance major with a Master’s degree in Project and Process Management. He gained extensive experience in change management, designing roadmaps, and managing client relationships at both institutional and individual levels.
Casandra Rdzak

Founding Member
Casandra is an employment lawyer and has practiced law for nearly 10 years as an associate at two well-respected Chicago law firms and as in-house counsel at a large international bank. Casandra obtained her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Claudia Lehene

Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Claudia graduated from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine with a Masters Degree in Medical Science as a Physician Assistant.
Aurel Busu

Honorary Member of RoCo, the Romanian Community Center of Chicago
Cosmin Lehene
Live and die by the data. Founder https://t.co/UJURPIiMJd embedded working capital for vertical SaaS. Former Adobe built Experience Cloud, Big Data Analytics, open-source.