UCU Foundation Board & Leadership
Director, Chairman and President
Taras Szmagala, Jr. biography
Taras Szmagala, Jr. currently serves as a senior vice president with Eaton, a power management company with $18 billion in annual sales and 92,000 employees in more than 175 countries. In his role, Taras is responsible for managing Eaton’s public relations and corporate communications functions worldwide.
In addition to his role as UCEF board chair, Taras also serves on the board of University Circle, Inc., Cleveland’s premier arts, education, and medical district, as well as the United Way of Greater Cleveland. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Anne Chermak Dillen biography
Post-Foreign Service, Anne has focused her efforts on Ukraine’s democratic development by organizing women’s leadership projects and supporting Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU). She is Founder and Chair, San Francisco Friends of UCU. In 2018, she created and taught a course on Global Issues in Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in UCU’s Masters Program in Media Communications.
- Board of Directors, Program Director, International Women’s Forum, Northern California;
- Delegate to OSCE Observer Mission for Ukraine’s 2014 Presidential Elections;
- Visiting Fellow and Diplomat-in-Residence, Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg
School, University of Southern California, Los Angeles;
- Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Berlin;
- Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Moscow;
- Deputy Director, Office of Public Diplomacy, Newly Independent States (former USSR), U.S. Department of State;
- Press Attaché, U.S. Embassy Bonn and Berlin;
- Deputy Coordinator, Office of the President’s East European Initiative;
- Cultural Attaché, U.S. Embassy Rome;
- Senior Policy Officer, Office of East European and NIS Affairs, U.S. Information Agency;
- University of Michigan graduate, with honors in History and Russian language and literature.
Natalia Klymovska biography
- 1995– 1997 – studied at the Lviv Institute of Management (MBA);
- 1988 – 1993 – studied at the Lviv Polytechnic National University;
- Employed at the Institute of Church History and UCU since 1993
- 2007 – 2014 – Director of the Development Department, UCU;
- 1997 – 2009 – Director of the Information and Communication Department, UCU
- 1993 – 1997 – Manager of the Institute of Church History, UCU;
- 2010 – Worldwide coordinator of UCU capital campaign;
- 2004, 2005 – Mass-media coordinator for national event “Christmas Together”;
- 2002 – Coordinator, UCU inauguration ceremonies Lviv City Centre (Opera House) – large international participation of church dignitaries, national ambassadors, representatives of the academic community;
- 2001 – Director, Lviv Press Office of the Ukrainian Catholic Church for Pope John Paul II’s Visit to Ukraine;
- 1997 – Founded Information and Communication Department (functions as press office, admissions office, visitors’ centre, and prepares public relations materials, including printed matter, photos, video and internet), UCU;
- 1994-1996 – Project Manager, “The Brest Readings” – 18 scholarly conferences in various cities of Ukraine, opening ceremonies/concert Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet
- 2013 – Board director of “Dzherelo” (rehabilitation center for persons with special needs);
- 2013 – Board director of the UCEF Canada
- 2012 – Board director of the UCEF USA;
- 2007-2012 – Member, administrative board of L’Arche (centre for persons with special needs);
- 2002 – 2007 – Member, steering committee of “Emmaus” (centre for spiritual support for persons with special needs);
- 1989 – 1993 – Member, Student Brotherhood;
- 1988 – 1989 – Member, Lion Society
Helen (Dzvinka) Kryshtalowych
With more than 45 years of professional experience, Dzvinka (Helen) Kryshtalowych is an International Legal Consultant. She also works as a Dispute Resolution Arbitrator for FINRA. She was a partner with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (now known as Squire Patton Boggs) from 1989 to 2013, having been the founder and managing partner of the firm’s Ukraine office from 1992 to 2008 and an associate in their Cleveland office from 1980 to 1989. After retiring from Squire Patton Boggs, she was a legal consultant for the Cleveland Clinic in 2014. Earlier, she was a guidance counselor, a psychiatric social worker, and an English teacher.
Dzvinka Kryshtalowych has Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Ohio State University; a Master of Education, magna cum laude, from Kent State University; and, a Doctor of Jurisprudence, magna cum laude, from Cleveland State University. She has been admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio, as well as before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
A past trustee of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeast Ohio, Dzvinka is a former director of the Ukrainian Museum Archives and, presently, a director at the Ukrainian Catholic University Foundation. She is a lifelong member of Plast, the Ukrainian scouting organization.
Dzvinka Kryshtalowych has accrued several accolades. Recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Telecommunications by the Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Lawyers, she was also ranked third by Chambers Global for The World’s Leading Lawyers in 2007. Likewise, she was named one of the 10 Prominent Women Lawyers in Ukraine by Legal Practice. Further, she has been featured in numerous honors publications, including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.
Director and Secretary
Andrew E. Lencyk has been a partner in a New York law firm specializing in securities litigation and is now of counsel to a law firm in the same area.
He is the youngest son of a member of the last graduating class of UCU’s predecessor entity, the Lviv Theological Academy, before its shutdown during the Soviet occupation.
Boris Lushniak biography
Rear Admiral (retired) Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, has been Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland since January 2017 after serving as Department Chair of Preventive Medicine and Professor of Dermatology at the Uniformed Services University. He was the US Deputy Surgeon General (SG) from 2010-15, Acting SG from 2013-14, and was responsible for the 50th Anniversary SG’s Report on Smoking and Health and the SG Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. During the Ebola response in 2015, he commanded the US Public Health Service (USPHS) Monrovia Medical Unit in Liberia.
He attended Northwestern (BS 1981, MD 1983) and Harvard (MPH 1984) and completed residencies in family medicine and dermatology and is certified in dermatology and preventive medicine (occupational). He began his USPHS career in 1988 in the Epidemic Intelligence Service and served with NIOSH until 2004 and was part of the team at Ground Zero and the CDC anthrax team. In 2004 he transitioned to the FDA in the Office of Counterterrorism and was appointed FDA Assistant Commissioner in 2005. He retired from the USPHS in 2015 as a two-star Rear Admiral after 27 years in the uniformed services.
Dan Schmidt biography
Daniel P. Schmidt retired in 2017 from The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee as its Vice President for Program. Schmidt joined Bradley in 1985, working as a Program Officer, Senior Program Officer, Vice President for Operations, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 2001 and 2002, Acting President.
Schmidt helped Bradley become one of the country’s most influential and effective conservative policy-oriented foundations. He played a significant role in most of Bradley’s successful grantmaking strategies, including the expansion of educational options for low-income parents, first in Milwaukee and then elsewhere around the country; the reform of government-assistance programs in a way that affirms the dignity of work, first in Wisconsin and then nationally; securing a place for faith in the public square; defending and advancing American interests and ideals internationally, and vindicating and promoting human rights worldwide.
He also played a large role in Bradley’s contribution to the construction of Miller Park, which helped ensure the Brewers baseball club’s continued presence in Milwaukee. As well, he spearheaded creation in 1989 of the Bradley Commission on History in Schools; the annual Bradley Symposium in Washington, D.C.; and the 2008 Bradley Project on America’s National Identity, which presaged many debates now roiling the U.S. and all the West.
Schmidt has made numerous public presentations about Bradley, school choice, history, and America’s national identity.
Before coming to Bradley, he was Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marquette University — where he earned his Ph.D. in History and taught Russian History and Western Civilization.
Schmidt currently serves on the boards of directors of the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation in Chicago and the Messmer Catholic Schools in Milwaukee.
He and his wife live in Wauwatosa, Wis. They have two children and two granddaughters.
Catherine Stecyk biography
Catherine Stecyk is Director of the Center for Research & Fellowships (CRF) at Villanova University, where she leads a team of six and directs a portfolio of undergraduate and graduate research programs, processes for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships, and the Villanova Presidential Scholars Program. Previously, Catherine worked with the HealthMap Informatics Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Kyiv, Ukraine. Catherine was a Fulbright US Student Fellow in Ukraine (2010-11), where she conducted research on the work of nonprofit organizations in healthcare. As a Fulbright fellow, she was based at the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU). She completed her BS at the University of Notre Dame, MPH at Boston University, and MBA at Villanova University. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ukrainian Catholic University Foundation and also volunteers for Philadelphia Futures and Clarifi in Philadelphia.
Taras Ferencevych biography
Nataliya Anon biography
Nataliya is driven by her passion to help Ukraine in its fight for independence and basic human dignity; she is inspired by the powerful story of UCU which cultivates the new ethical leaders of Ukraine’s tomorrow.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti
Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine
Rev. Andriy Chirovsky
Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies
Rev. J. Bryan Hehir
Ethics and Public Policy Center
Archbishop Borys Gudziak
Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan of Philadelphia