image 22     Lara Knyshova, Scholarship Program Coordinator

Lara is a former UAC Scholarship program student. She graduated from Odessa National Academy of Law in 2013. Lara worked as a lawyer and a teacher of foreign languages. Lara speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English, Spanish and French. She is also learning German! Lara has said, "I really want to help children like I was. When I was a child the UAC Program helped me to become a strong, confident person which means a lot for my life". 






Maxim Kondritsky, Program Coordinator

Maxim assists with fulfilling the needs at various orphanages and refugee camps. For the Scholarship Program, he monitors the students as they work out their hours at different orphanages, and he ensures that they submit their work reports and letters for sponsors at the monthly Scholarship Program meetings. Like Alla, Maxim was in the first class of the Scholarship Program in 1998.


Alexey Tishchenko, Refugee Outreach Coordinator & Legal Assistant

Alexey monitors the needs of the persons temporarily relocated from the combat zone and occupied territories to the Odessa area.  He works closely with social centers and government officials to obtain their support for the UAC programs and coordinates UAC activities and visits by UAC volunteers and guests from other countries. Alexey coordinates the work of UAC psychologist, teachers and medical staff, and provides the collection and delivery of food, clothing, medicine, and other humanitarian aid. Alexey maintains the outreach to other NGOs and charities such as the Family Law Enlightenment Club "Odessa Dream" to work in partnership to leverage UAC resources to provide the best service to children in need.


Dr. Gennady Gladkiy, Emergency Doctor

Dr. Gladkiy is on call to respond to any urgent medical situations that arise. He also coordinates medical care for our Scholarship Program participants.  

Vera Holostenko    

Vera Holostenko, Teacher & Mentor

Vera provides educational activities and lots of TLC for the children at Orphanage #7 and Svitanok Shelter. She also works with many of our Orphaned Teen Scholarship Program participants (particularly those with special needs), serving as a trusted mentor and guidance counselor.



Alexander Ishchenko, Lawyer

Member of the Odessa Regional Bar Association, the founder of the law firm "Ishchenko & Partners."