Gabriela Cosma

Member 
Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Volunteer 
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Masters of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University. She taught Science, Social Studies, and English as a Second Language to refugees from the Middle East in public school
Alexandra Costin

Ambassador of the Romanian Community Center Chicago, Volunteer Storyteller
Volunteer  Teacher 
Graduated with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and is currently working as a paralegal and billing manager at a law firm in Chicago. She is a former professional swimmer and handball player, passionate about reading, sports, and helping people.
Iulia Dima

Member 
Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Volunteer  Teacher 
Oana Dobrean-Urzica

Founding Angel 
ROCO Executive Director
Staff 
Oana is the Executive Director of ROCO. Prior to this role, she was one of the most active volunteers. She believes in the strength of our community, in doing good things, and in leaving something worthwhile behind.
 
Dragos Catalin Iliescu

Member 
ROCO Biz
Supporter of ROCO, Volunteer
Volunteer 
Cristina Iordan

Volunteer 
Mihai Lehene

Founding Angel 
Board of Directors 
Founder, Romanian United Foundation
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.
 
Veronica Marcu

Volunteer  Teacher 
Vero loves yoga, reading and indoor rock climbing. She adores children and currently studying to become a pediatric nurse. She believed that reading sparks curiosity, develops little minds and connects children with loved ones.
 
Catalin Maticiuc

Founding Angel 
Founder & CEO, Forza Companies
Volunteer  Teacher 
Catalin is passionate about real estate investing, passive income, and world traveling.
 
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.
Ana Nedelea

Volunteer 
Gina Prunuta

Volunteer Storyteller
Adriana Rosca

Member 
Program Coordinator. Volunteer Storyteller. Member of ROCO
Volunteer  Teacher 
Adriana moved to Chicago from Romania in 2008. She’s a passionate story teller and public speaker that wants to give back to her community.
 
Aurelia Rosca

Volunteer 
Violeta Tanase

Volunteer 
Mihai Truica

Volunteer Storytelling
Volunteer 
Volunteer Storytelling
Alexandra Laura Vintila

Volunteer Storyteller
Teacher 
Graduated with a diploma in Education for teaching preschool/kindergarten and elementary children. She also has a Bachelor's Degree in Romanian Language and Literature and French Language and Literature.
Ramona Voicu

Member 
Volunteer Storyteller
Teacher 
Graduated with a bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Science. A proud Montessori teacher for 10 years in the USA and a business owner. And what gives her the most joy is to guide and be a storyteller for the little ones.