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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 the fall 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.
3rd Thursday of Each Month
General Membership Meeting:
October 25, 2020
NEW 2020 UAST BOARD:
Please welcome the newly elected Board of Directors of UAST: Chrystya Geremesz, Roma Giordano, Liz Moroz Harper, Yulia Lukyanchenko.
Liz Moroz-Harper, 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, Secretary, and First Vice President before assuming the Presidency in 2020, 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 employed by Shamoun and Norman handling litigation matters.
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. In 1999, she assisted Father Andrij Dwulit to form St. Sophia’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in The Colony. For over 37 years, she has been very instrumental in the growth of the Ukrainian Community in North Texas.
As a founding member of UAST, she has held every board position and the Presidency numerous times. Chrystya received charitable awards from both the UAST Community and other organizations for her endless commitment to educating others about Ukraine. She organized numerous events, danced with the Ukrainian Dancers of Dallas and sang with Veselka Ukrainian Folk Singers. She has performed on the Bandura and has given presentations on Ukraine to schools and private organizations.
Chrystya continues to serve on UAST's Board, teaches Pysanky Class, promotes Ukrainian education and is a local public spokesperson for newspaper and TV coverage of Ukrainian events. In 2018, she launched the North Texas Holodomor Committee to bring public awareness to The Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-33, (The Holodomor). Her committee successfully presented the Holodomor through a display at the Dallas Public Library for 4 weeks. Professionally, Chrystya is a full time Realtor with Ebby Halliday in Prosper.
Roma Giordano, First Vice President
Roma was born and raised in western Ukraine in the 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.
Yulia Lukyanchenko, Membership Director
Yulia was born in Rivne, Ukraine right before the collapse of the Soviet Union. As the first generation of Ukrainians who could freely travel around the world, Yulia has always been curious about foreign languages and cultures. During her studies at one of the oldest universities in Ukraine - The National University of Ostroh Academy, Yulia had traveled to the UK and Canada, where together with other students, she had organized local events to promote Ukrainian culture.
Upon completing her program in Ukraine, Yulia had moved to Sweden to pursue a degree in international business management. After spending seven years in Sweden, Yulia was relocated by her Swedish employer to the DFW area in 2013. Currently, Yulia is a Corridor Development Manager for Europe at MoneyGram International. With MoneyGram, she frequently travels to Ukraine to facilitate the development of the US-Ukraine remittance market.
Yulia joined UAST in January 2020 as a Membership Director with the goal to grow the membership base in the DFW, and attract young professionals to join the organization. She is passionate about supporting Ukrainian non-profits both in the US and Ukraine. Last year, Yulia ran a half marathon to raise funds for Omnis Foundation – an organization that provides underprivileged children and youth in Ukraine with access to better education. In her free time, Yulia loves cooking traditional and contemporary Ukrainian food and sharing it with her friends.