Kalinka Vassileva has worked for TSA’s Grant Administration and Support unit since the beginning of its operations. Presently she is in charge of “A Step Toward Success – English for Disadvantaged Youth,” a project designed by TSA that is being implemented in partnership with NGOs and other institutions. In addition to project management, Kalinka is responsible for project implementation. She 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. She 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 holds a Master of Political Management degree from the Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski.” She also completed an MA program in Lingua Didactics at the New Bulgarian University and a BA degree in Applied Linguistics 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.
Maria Evgenieva is a Clinical leader at TSA, responsible for the Nurse-Family Partnership Program (NFP). Her activities include communicating with regional and national active members in similar programs of other donors which general aim is to improve the maternal and infant health as well as raising the parental capacity and engagement.
Maria worked in the non-governmental sector for eight years prior to joining TSA. She was a coordinator, medical consultant, and prenatal instructor at the “Maternal and Infant Health” Foundation. In this position, Maria trained and improved the skills, experience, and knowledge of more than 1000 parents by conducting prenatal courses.
Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Finance, Business and Entrepreneurship in Sofia, a bachelor’s degree in Midwifery from Sofia Medical University, where she graduated with honors, and a master’s degree in Public Health Management from Sofia Medical University.
Boyan is the Project Coordinator of the Nurse 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 also organizes, monitors, and evaluates the efficient execution of day-to-day activities, coordinates and establishes local and national advisory boards, and promotes effective communication and collaborative relationships between all parties involved.
Prior to joining TSA, Boyan worked on international projects focused on helping disadvantaged groups and ran environmental initiatives that facilitated the creation of sustainable communities.
Boyan is a BA graduate in International Relations 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 nurses. Her work supports the use of best practices and the achievement of targets and goals. She will also be supporting TSA’s evaluation team.
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 earned a BA in Sociology from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, graduating with honors. She took part in several research projects at the university. She has also taught English to disadvantaged children.
Petya has an associate’s 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 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 a counselor for grieving children. She became a volunteer for Camp New Hope (summer camp for bereaved children) with Delaware Hospice.
Paola Patseva is a part of the First Foundations Program at the Trust. Her work is related to the administration and monitoring of projects and to he coordination and communication with partners and grantees. Paola is working on several projects in the program aimed at improving access of Roma communities, in particular mothers and children, to quality health services. She is also responsible for maintaining and updating the organization's website, including the coordination of the website content in a way that is appealing to the target audience.
Prior to joining the Trust, Paola was an active volunteer at the “ARETE” Youth Foundation and then at the Trust, volunteering for the Springboard for School Readiness project, one of TSA’s flagship initiatives. This year she will be graduating in Graphic Design from New Bulgarian University.
Evtim Evtimov is coordinator of the “Early Learning and Care” Program. He works on projects and initiatives addressing challenges in providing free and equal access to kindergarten for all children, with a focus on advocacy activities. He manages projects in the areas of coordination and communication with grantees, monitoring, and reporting. In addition, Evtim oversees the timely and efficient implementation of all project activities.
Prior to joining TSA, Evtim prepared and managed projects since 2011 at the “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 the Roma.
Evtim holds a BA in Psychology and a BA in Public Administration from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski.”
Ivan Ivanov is the national coordinator of the International Network for Early Childhood Development in the Roma Community in Bulgaria - REYN. One of the main goals of the network is to serve early childhood specialists working with Roma children and to help improve the quality of early childhood services among the Roma community in Bulgaria.
In the period 2014-2016, Ivan was part of the Foudation “Zaedno v chas” and was a teacher at the 48th “Yosif Kovachev” Primary School in Sofia. In 2015, he was an intern at the Social Protection Fund at the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. Prior to joining the Trust for Social Achievement, Ivan was part of the Arete Youth Foundation team, where he served as Program Director of the Together Forward Program.
Ivan Ivanov graduated with a bachelor's and master's degree in Social Work from the South-West University "Neofit Rilski" - Blagoevgrad. In 2015, he received a professional qualification in "Primary School Pedagogy" at the Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski."
Nevena Tzeneva is responsible for the organization of all administrative activities. She has held a number of administrative positions at different companies, including the Bulgarian American Credit Bank where she worked for 8 years.
She graduated the University for International Tourism.
Takuhi Elmokian assists the CFO by conducting in-depth examinations of project budgets and assessing the expenditures of ongoing projects. She has significant experience in financial and project management, budgeting and planning, and financial and business analysis. Her prior experience includes 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 a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Gergana Boncheva joined TSA's team following an internship with the organization's financial department. Her main responsibilities include the detailed review, processing, and analysis of financial and accounting documentation and the preparation of reports in accordance with the Trust's internal and external auditing needs.
Prior to joining the Trust, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the American University in Bulgaria, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 2018. During her studies, she was involved in the university's volunteering club. She wrote a senior thesis informed by social issues and focused on the unemployment of people with diverse abilities in Bulgaria.
Gergana firmly believes that the design and implementation of effective social policy measures can significantly improve the living conditions of people from all walks of life.