Kalinka Vassileva has worked for the TSA since beginning of operation in the Grant Administration and Support unit. Presently she is in charge of the “A Step Toward Success – English for Disadvantaged Youth” that was designed by the TSA and is being implemented in a partnership with NGOs and other institutions. In addition to project management, Kalinka is responsible for the project implementation and monitors and tracks progress towards stated goals and indicators.
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 university students and adult and teenage language learners. 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 educational integration of children and students from ethnic minorities. Kalinka has delivered a number of talks and speeches at international and national forums on Roma integration issues.
Kalinka holds a Master of Political Management from the Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”, completed an MA program in Lingua Didactics at the New Bulgarian University, and has a BA degree in Applied Linguistics from 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.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR NURSE FAMILY PARTNERSHIP AND STEP TOWARD SUCCESS
Boyan delegates his duties as the Project Coordinator of the Nurse a Family Partnership and the Step Toward Success programs. He provides technical and administrative support to the Central Implementation Team, to the Early Childhood Development Project Officer and to the Project Manager of A Step Toward Success. He will also organize, monitor and evaluate the efficient execution of the day-to-day activities, coordinate and establish Local and National Advisory Boards and promote adequate communication and collaborative relationships between all parties involved.
Prior to joining the TSA, Boyan has invested most of his time working on international projects focused on helping disadvantaged groups and running environmental initiatives that facilitate the creation of self-sustainable communities.
Boyan is a BA graduate in International Relation with an intercalated year in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Petya is responsible for analyzing data gathered under the Nurse Family Partnership program in support of the nurses. This will ensure using the best practices, reaching the set goals and evaluating the program. She will also be supporting the evaluation team of TSA.
Prior to joining the Trust, Petya was an English Teacher for six years, teaching General and Business English to students and adults. During this time, she has earned a BA in Sociology from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, graduating with honors. She has taken part in several research projects at the university. She has also taught English to disadvantaged children.
Petya has an Associate Degree in Human Services from Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC), where she was the treasurer for the student organization Students in Service to Others (SISTO). As part of her degree she has completed two internships – one with DFS, working with the Investigation team of the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families; and one with Delaware Hospice, working with the counselor for grieving children. She became a volunteer for Camp New Hope (summer camp for bereaved children) with Delaware Hospice.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR EARLY LEARNING AND CARE PROGRAM
Evtim Evtimov is project coordinator of the “All-in for a Strong Equal Start” project. He leads the administration of the project in the areas of coordination and communication with project partners, monitoring and reporting. In addition Evtim oversees the timely and efficient implementation of all project activities.
Prior to joining TSA, Evtim managed and coordinated projects since 2011 at “Institute for Community-based Social Services” Foundation and the “Association of Social Services Providers”. He has professional experience working with people with disabilities and representatives of marginalized social groups, including Roma.
Evtim holds BA in Psychology and Public administration from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
Takuhi Elmokian has joined our team at the position financial Analyst. She assists the CFO by conducting in-depth examinations of project budgets and reports and makes an assessment of ongoing projects’ expenditures. She has a significant experience in financial and project management, budgeting and planning, financial and business analyses. Her prior experiences include financial positions in auditing and consulting companies, such as KPMG Bulgaria, NGOs and other businesses.
Takuhi has an MBA degree from Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh and Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.