Alexandra (Sasha) Belenkaya, Acting Director, Europe and Eurasia Division, joined ABA ROLI in March 2012. Ms. Belenkaya comes with 12 years of experience managing multi-million dollar international projects and leading business development efforts. She served as a management consultant and financial analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton and as a business development director for Chemonics International. Ms. Belenkaya specializes in international public health, democracy and governance, private sector development and economic growth. She holds an M.A. degree in Slavic studies from Florida State University and a change management practitioner certificate from Georgetown University. Ms. Belenkaya is a native Russian speaker. You can reach Alexandra Belenkaya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrea (Andi) Barton, Senior Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in August 2011. She previously worked in the Europe and Eurasia Division as an intern. She holds an M.A. degree in European and Eurasian studies from The George Washington University, where she concentrated on post-conflict state-building and helped found a regionally-focused student organization. Ms. Barton previously interned at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the German Marshall Fund, and at the Woodrow Wilson Center. She holds a B.A. in international studies from the University of California, San Diego. You can contact Andrea Barton at email@example.com.
Sarah Bumbarger, Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in March 2013. Prior to this, she worked at Blue Law International, where she managed justice sector reform and human rights projects. Before Blue Law, Ms. Bumbarger served as program officer at Eurasia Foundation, developing and managing civil society programs in Iran. She also held internships at Vital Voices Global Partnership’s Europe and Eurasia Division and at the New England Innocence Project. She holds a B.A. degree in political science and international relations from Bates College in Maine and studied in Athens, Greece, and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Ryder Cobean, Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in July 2013 and supports programming in Azerbaijan and Moldova. He previously worked at IREX, where he managed virtual educational exchanges between United States high school students and their peers in Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam and the Philippines, and supported media sector development in Georgia. Prior to IREX, Mr. Cobean served in the United States Peace Corps in Georgia, where he advised school administrators on grading reform, designed and facilitated open source software trainings and extended a leadership program for girls into the country’s ethnic minority regions. Mr. Cobean graduated from the University of Arizona in 2007 with a B.A. degree in Russian & Slavic studies and political science, and speaks Russian, Georgian and Armenian. You can contact Ryder Cobean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hana Hausnerova, Senior Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in October 2009 and supports programming in Russia. Prior to joining ABA ROLI full time, she served as an intern supporting programs in Central Asia. Ms. Hausnerova holds an LL.M. in international and comparative law from the George Washington University Law School, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and a B.S. in psychology, and culture and politics from Georgetown University. Ms. Hausnerova is a native of the Czech Republic and speaks fluent Czech and Slovak. You can contact Hana Hausnerova at email@example.com.
April Hewko, Administrative Assistant, Europe and Eurasia Division, joined ABA ROLI in June 2012. She previously interned at Amnesty International U.S.A. in the Advocacy Policy and Research Department and the Tactical Response Unit, working with the Science for Human Rights Project. Ms. Hewko also worked as an intern in the Florida House of Representatives and spent time in South Africa supporting marine research projects. Ms. Hewko is a graduate of Florida State University, where she majored in international affairs, with concentrated studies in political science, anthropology and human rights. You can reach April Hewko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristi Kontak, Senior Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI’s Europe and Eurasia Division in June 2010 and supports programming in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. She previously worked as an intern for the division. Ms. Kontak holds a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center where she was a student attorney in the school’s Immigration Clinic and president of the Human Rights Alliance. During her third year of law school, she attended American University Washington College of Law to focus her studies on international human rights. She also holds a B.A. in psychology and German from Agnes Scott College. You can contact Kristi Kontak at email@example.com.
Ashley Martin, Senior Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in November 2010 and manages the Europe and Eurasia Division’s Balkans, Ukraine and Roma Rights programs. After earning her B.A. in international/Russian studies from the College of William and Mary, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Far Eastern Russia and then worked for Chemonics International, managing projects in Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Balkans. She earned her J.D. from Vermont Law School and is licensed to practice law in Virginia. Ms. Martin came to ABA ROLI from a clerkship with Judge Kathryn A. Oberly at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. You can contact Ashley Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lila Miller, Program Associate, joined ABA ROLI as a program associate for Central Asia in March 2012. Prior to that, Ms. Miller was an intern in Fall 2010 and worked for both the International Support Division and the Europe and Eurasia Division beginning in Fall 2011. Ms. Miller earned her BA in international relations from American University and spent time in the Balkans studying post-conflict transformation in the former Yugoslavia. She speaks Serbo-Croatian, French, and some Russian and Spanish. You can contact Lila Miller at email@example.com.