Alyona Denyakina

Springboard for School readiness Project Coordinator

Alyona Denyakina is Project Coordinator of the “Spring Board for School Readiness” project. She leads the administration of the project in the areas of monitoring and data collection, processing and verification; and oversees project assistants, volunteers and other supporting staff members.

Prior to joining the TSA, Alyona works as an English language teacher in the town of Samokov under the “Teach for Bulgaria” Program. She has professional experience in the fields of social, political and marketing research acquired in Bulgarian and international organizations.

Alyona holds a BA in Sociology from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.


Kalinka Vassileva

Program Coordinator

Kalinka Vassileva’s responsibilities include monitoring ongoing programs and conducting community-based evaluation. She helps track guarantee progress towards stated goals and she compiles data on project development. Also, she provides administrative and analytical support to Program Officers and performs administrative and operational duties at the Trust.

Prior to joining the Trust, Kalinka was an Assistant Professor in General English at the New Bulgarian University (2006-2012) in Sofia and taught English as a foreign language to school and university students. From 2002-2007, Kalinka was Executive Director of the Equal Access Foundation and was in charge of developing and monitoring the Roma desegregation program implemented by NGOs in Bulgaria. As a result of the campaigns she initiated, the state endorsed a strategy for Roma educational integration. Kalinka has delivered a number of talks and speeches at international and national forums on Roma integration issues.

Kalinka has a BA degree in Applied Linguistics from the New Bulgarian University and she completed an MA program in Lingua Didactics at the New Bulgarian University. In 1999 she was elected to take part in a one-year intra-university project for Intercultural Training organized by the British Council. Kalinka has taken part in a number of trainings related to human rights, advocacy and public speaking.


Nevena Tzeneva

Office Manager

Nevena Tzeneva is the Office Manager at the “Trust for Social Achievement.” She is responsible for the organization and control of all administrative activities in the office. Her previous experience includes similar positions at the Bulgarian-American Credit Bank, the International Bank for Trade and Development, and Bristol Myers Squibb pharmaceutical company. She is a graduate of the Institute of International Tourism.


Paola Patseva

Springboard for School readiness Project Assistant

Paola Patseva is Project Assistant for the “Spring Board for School Readiness” Project. She assists the project monitoring, data collection and processing. Prior to joining TSA’s team Paola serves as “Spring Board for School Readiness” Project volunteer since February 2015. She is studying Graphic Design in New Bulgarian University.


Stana Iliev

Program Coordinator Family and Economic Success Program

Stana Iliev is the program coordinator for the job’s portfolio of the Family and Economic Success Program. Her responsibilities include assistance with grant approvals, monitoring and capacity-building as well as maintaining and supporting relationships and communications with grantees, businesses, nonprofit partners, and other key stakeholders important to the Trust’s programmatic work.

Prior to joining the TSA, Stana has seven years of experience in the international nonprofit sector, including the Bulgarian Red Cross and Bilities Resource Center Foundation.  She is also a committed human rights activist and volunteer in Bulgaria, which allowed her to build a strong skill set in the field of social start-ups and social inclusion through economic activities as well as sound competences in advocacy, project management and international communication. Her experience coupled with her passion for promoting equality result in a particular interest for the intersection of economics and human rights, innovative practices in integration such as social enterprises and vocational education and training.

She earned her Degree in Business Administration at the German University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde. At the moment, Stana is a PHD candidate at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia in the Diversity Management and Governance Program.


Valentin Tapchev

Financial Associate

Velentin Tapchev is a Financial Associate at Trust for Social Achievement. He аssists the financial department by conducting an in-dept examination of proposed project budgets and makes an assessment of ongoing projects’ expenditures. His prior experience involves similar positions in financial and accounting firms inBulgaria. Valentin has a BA degree in Economics of Industry and an MA degree in Accounting and Control from the University in Economics inVarna.