People Are Our Finest Resource

Alla Soroka, Project Manager
Alla Soroka has a Master's Degree in Psychology.  She has worked with the Odessa Regional Mediation Group in the program "Restorative Justice," working with young people in jail and  served as the Ukraine co-ordinator for the Quaker international program "Alternatives to violence" which also began work with youth in prison. Since 2007, she has worked for This Child Here with children on the streets, in shelters and orphanages, and training foster families. Since the conflict began in Ukraine she her work with This Child Here has expanded to peacemaking and the skills of nonviolent communication among teens, adults and refugees from eastern Ukraine. In 2017 she served as one of twelve International Peacemakers for the Presbyterian Church USA.  
Nataliya Kutlar, Social Worker
Natalia has a degree in Psychology and training as a social worker. Since 2011, she has been a facilitator of the international project "Alternatives to Violence". She conducts trainings aimed at creating non-violent communication skills with children and adults. She has been working for This Child Here since 2015. She works with children living in the shelters and orphanages. She engages children in their daily lives by assisting in the educational sphere: homework, school material consolidation; by organizing children's activities: conducting educational games, activities; and by training aimed at the development of children, as well as the consolidation and development of skills of conflict resolution, and interaction with each other without the use of violence. In addition, she provides individual assistance and support to children in solving problems in their lives.

Katerina Ivanyuk.

1. Education:

Odessa Art College. Designer.

Odessa National Polytechnic University. Manager of information activities. 

2006 Coordinator and facilitator of the international peacekeeping program "Alternatives to Violence" in Ukraine. (AVP)  

2. Work, field of activity:

Experience working with groups of children in rehabilitation centers for children, shelters, schools and colleges. Working with groups for adults, these are refugees, teachers, parents, soldiers. Engaged in the development of the project in Zaporozhye.

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Lyudmila Komashko

1. Education:  

Bachelor's degree in Psychology, MAUP Odessa (Interregional Academy of Personnel Management)

Master of Psychology diploma, teacher of higher educational institutions, ONU (Odessa National University)

Diploma of Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (2016) IAPM KievPhD, crisis psychologist, certified coach in crisis counseling and the development of social stress tolerance, facilitator of the project “Alternatives to violence” since 2008, member of the coordinating council of AVP Ukraine.

Hobby: beadwork.

2. Work, field of activity:  

Experience coaching group work for 9 years (conducted more than 400 trainings). Including, with children from shelters, boarding schools, secondary schools. Experience in conducting trainings in schools with children, psychologists, teachers. Teaching in public institutions, for military, employees of emergency services.


Tatyana Siritsina Valentinovna

1. Education:

Pedagogical University. Psychologist.

Gestalt therapy II stage Year of graduation

Facilitator of the project "Alternatives of violence" (Kharkov)

Training under the program "Work with a trauma, loss and PTSR" (Kharkiv)

In the framework of educational programs for volunteers, she passed programs for work with immigrants and victims as a result of the war

2. Experience:

Private practice of psychological counseling. 2014-2016 CF "Mothers Against Drugs" (Rehabilitation Center for Alcohol-Addicts) 2014-2018 Coordinator-facilitator of the project "Alternatives to violence" in Ukraine in Kharkov.Facilitation of training on the project "Alternatives to violence" for adolescents and adults. Experience with groups of refugees, children in boarding schools, schools.


Kristina Shvets  

1. Education:

Odessa State Ecological University. Ecologist.

Graduated from the Choreographic School with a degree in Folk and Classical Choreography.

2. Work, field of activity:

For more than 10 years she has been a soloist of laureate of international competitions of the ensemble “Arabesque”. Since 2017, the teacher of choreography in the kindergarten "Mandarin". Author and co-author of choreographic productions for children's groups.


Sabina Pekshina Azimovna

1. Education:

South Ukrainian Pedagogical University. Social educator, crisis counselor for young people

President of the NGO “Open Circle. Territory of Opportunities"

Since 2006, the facilitator of the project "Alternatives to Violence".  

Work, field of activity:

2.  Experience with both adults and children's groups. She worked with children's groups in boarding schools, shelters and children's rehabilitation centers in Odessa and the region, as well as in the Peace Camp for teenagers. Engaged in the development of the project in Kharkov, Kiev, Tiraspol.


Svetlana Yakovenko 

1. Education:

Odessa College in the field of restaurant and hotel business.

Since 2015 she is engaged in social dances. The participant of master classes from professional Cuban coaches, attends festivals of the European level.

2. Work, field of activity:  

Private business, women's and men's clothing store. Since 2017, he is a facilitator of the international program Altenative to Violence in Ukraine. Experience with groups of adults.