Cosmin Alb

Volunteer Math Teacher
Volunteer  Teacher 
Cosmin lives in Chicago. A firm believer in the power altruism, and doing things greater than yourself. Graduated from Roosevelt University with a mater's in Actuarial Science.
Ligia Apostoaia

Founding Angel 
Board of Directors 
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.
Mirela Birta

Member 
Founding Member
Founding Member  Teacher 
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.
 
Anca Butas

Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Teacher 
Anca has been with CPS since 2014 teaching Special Education. She also taught Geography and English, and she worked for National TV in Oradea and Bucharest. She has a bachelor degree in Romania and a master of Ed at DePaul in Chicago.
Ana Mihaela Cadlet

Romanian Language Teacher
Volunteer 
Started teaching Romanian language and literature, Universal literature, Latin language and other optional courses in 2004. The professor is fascinated by the power of the word to connect people and to reproduce all the nuances of the human soul.
 
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
Mike Dinescu

Founding Angel 
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.
Anton Ghiugan

Volunteer Math Teacher
Teacher 
Master of Science in Computer Science from Bucharest University, Faculty of Mathematics (1996) "No task is too small"
Gabriela Hanta

Member 
Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Volunteer  Teacher 
Since she moved to Chicago, Gabi’s Romanian roots became stronger. She believes in community and giving back and wants her children to be proud Romanians. She’s been a passionate teacher of Italian for over 25 years.
 
Eli Katz

Volunteer Teacher of Computer Science
Volunteer 
Eli is a professional software developer in Chicago and has been teaching computer programming with RUF since April 2020. He is excited to promote curiosity and interest in STEM fields and inspire children in an engaging and fun class.
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.
 
Andreea Oancea

Honorary Member 
Honorary Member of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Teacher 
Cata Oancea

Member 
Ambassador of the Romanian Community Center of Chicago
Volunteer 
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.
Natalia Petrache

Romanian Language Teacher. Member of ROCO.
Volunteer  Teacher 
Born in Ialomita, Romania, teaching was always a passion. It took her from graduating from the "Carol 1" high school in Fetesti, philology and foreign languages section, to the University Ovidius in Constanta.
 
Alina Vance

Member 
Teacher. Supporter of ROCO Chicago, the Romanian Community Center
Teacher 
Alina is the Founder of My Romanian World Publishing House. She has been teaching Romanian for 8 years at the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. As of 2022, Alina has 37 children learning Romanian in her classes.