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UAST Board Members
UAST Board Members are elected by its members in good standing and by majority vote. General Elections are held usually in November of every year.
Five Board Positions are elected and then elect among themselves a President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.
Duties, qualifications for voting, and board position responsibilities are outlined in UAST Bylaws.
2nd Sunday of Each Month
- April 14th
- May 12th
- June 9th
- July 14th
- August 11th
- September 8th
- October 13th
- November 10th
- December 8th
Yuriy Dovzhansky, UAST President
Originally from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine,Yuriy has been a member of UAST for 16 years and has previously served as the organization’s Second Vice President of Membership. He was a member of the Zorya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and is a current parishioner of St. Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Church. As President of UAST, Yuriy is passionate about developing the community, culture, and spirit of Ukraine in North Texas and expanding the organization’s social impact footprint in Eastern Europe.
Professionally, Yuriy is a Consultant in the Strategy and Operations practice at Monitor Deloitte, where he works with senior executives to help them solve business challenges.
Yuriy earned his B.B.A in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was President of the Texas Slavic Club and a recipient of the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship and group Fulbright-Hayes Study Abroad Grant.
Chrystya Geremesz, Treasurer
Born to Ukrainian Immigrants, Chrystya was raised in a small Ukrainian community near Philadelphia, PA. She moved to Texas in 1980 to attend Southern Methodist University studying Business Administration. Her love of her heritage spurred her vision for a Ukrainian community in North Texas and she pursued developing the foundations for the Ukrainian American Society of Texas which informally began in 1981 and became a non profit in 1983.
Through the years, she held many board positions, received charitable awards and chaired numerous events as well as danced with the Ukrainian Dancers of Dallas and sang with Veselka Ukrainian Folk Singers. She performed on her Bandura and gave presentations on Ukraine to many schools and organizations. In 1999, she assisted Father Andrij Dwulit to form St. Sophia’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in The Colony. For over 40 years, she has been instrumental in the growth of the Ukrainian Community here in North Texas.
She continues to give service to the community teaching Pysanky Class, promoting Ukrainian education and being a local public spokesperson for newspaper and TV coverage of Ukrainian events. In 2018, the North Texas Holodomor Committee was launched to bring awareness about the Holodomor - The Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-33 through a public exhibit at the Dallas Public Library. Professionally, she is a full time Realtor with Ebby Halliday in Prosper.
Liz Moroz-Harper, 1st Vice President
Born in Bayonne, NJ to first generation Ukrainian-American parents, Liz grew up in the north-central mountains of Pennsylvania and moved to Dallas, Texas in August, 1982. An active supporter of the Ukrainian American Community in the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex, she has served on the UAST Board as an at-large Director and as Secretary, her current position, and continues to perform with the Zorya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.
Over the years, she has had the pleasure of educating and entertaining the Metroplex through Ukrainian dance along with her sister Dee Dee Allen, former Director of the Ukrainian Dancers of Dallas, nephew Matt Allen, niece Nicki Allen, current Artistic Director of the Zorya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, son Michael Harper, and son Daniel Harper, who performs with the Zorya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.
Liz earned her B.A. in History, Summa Cum Laude, from The Pennsylvania State University, and her J.D. from The Southern Methodist University School of Law. She attended Harvard Summer School for Ukrainian Studies and has taken Ukrainian Language Courses at Manor College, Philadelphia, PA. A member of the State Bar of Texas since 1987, Liz practices corporate law and is currently employed by Special Counsel for an oil and gas litigation matter.
Roma Giordano, 2nd VP, Membership
Roma was born and raised in western Ukraine in the most beautiful Carpathian Mountains. She moved to the United States with her family in 1996 and settled in Rochester, NY. As a Dean’s List High Honors graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, Roma has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Service Management and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Travel and Tourism.
Roma is currently a Regional Director of Convention Sales for Reno-Tahoe Convention & Visitors Authority. She began her hospitality career at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2002 advancing through numerous roles. Shortly after relocating to the DFW area in August 2013, she became a member of MPI DFW Chapter. There, she volunteered her time on different committees and for last 3.5 years served on the board as VP of Membership and VP of Finance.
She joined Veselka singing group in 2015 and shortly after, became a member of UAST. She is happy to share her love for Ukrainian culture with local community by participating in many events and gatherings. In her role as VP of Membership for UAST her goal is to continue growing the community in North Texas and sharing her passion for everything Ukraine. In her free time she enjoys cooking, baking, gardening and traveling with her husband and two kids.
Marta Petrash, Secretary
Marta was born and brought up in Ukraine at the time when the country was hidden behind the Iron
Curtain and controlled by the Russian Soviet regime. Her parents, Ukrainian intelligentsia
representatives, instilled her with the strong sense of national identity and appreciation of Ukrainian
culture, literary heritage and people’s unwavering desire for self-determination. From her school years
she was noted for having a gift for acting and during Gorbachov’s “perestroika” took an active part in
Ukraine’s struggle for independence. She performed at high-profile political and cultural events reciting
Ukrainian patriotic poetry to convey aspirations and vision for free democratic Ukraine. She was invited
to Kyiv, Moscow and travelled to Canada as a member of the Ukrainian Peace Committee delegation.
Marta moved to the United States in 1991, after Ukraine gained its independence. As a member of
American Translators Association, she participated in international conferences and US government
projects aimed to aid Ukraine. As a foreign liaison officer and bi-lingual geoscience interpreter and
translator she worked for Mobil Oil’s New Exploration Ventures and Duke Engineering & Systems to help
Ukraine and other former USSR countries develop their oil and gas sector. She served as a Senior
Managing Editor for Albion Woods Publisher and co-authored five bi-lingual reference books for the
As a parishioner of St. Sophia Ukrainian Church and a member of North Texas Holodomor Committee,
Marta also serves the local community by giving multi-media presentations on Ukraine’s history, cultural
heritage and political challenges.
She holds Master’s degrees in both Biology and English from Lviv University, Ukraine, and
undergraduate studies in Geology. She attended UNT at Denton and earned M. Ed. in Counseling, magna
cum laude. In recent years she worked as a science instructor and counselor for Dallas ISD and currently
is a co-founder and CEO of Dnipro Valley Transport LLC.