We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated staff, who are the driving force behind our daily progress. We are equally proud and appreciative of our selfless volunteers who make a significant impact.

* As President of the organization, Mihai Lehene is not taking a salary, but he is still engaged full-time in building RUF.

Mihai Lehene

Founding Angel 
Board of Directors 
Founder of RUF. President of FORA.
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.
Diana Gini

Diaspora Development Director - RUF
Staff  RUF Ambassador 
World traveler. Boys mom. Life enthusiast. Born in Oradea but lived from Hungary to Austria, Boston to Dallas and now Madrid-Spain. Former Director at Music Schools International Dallas
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.
Andreea Rebaltescu

Communications Director
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.
Romina Ionascu
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.
Marina Ceclan

Excellence Center Director, Ottawa (Canada)
Staff  RUF Ambassador  Teacher 
Marina lives in Gatineau with her husband, two children and their dog. Her hope is that she can make a difference by her involvement in the support of Romanians everywhere so that one day her kids can look back and think she was a good person.