The staff of Bridge to Ukraine consists entirely of volunteers. Members of the board were the original creators of Bridge to Ukraine, and are the front-line in making Bridge to Ukraine work. As Bridge to Ukraine expanded, volunteers joined the staff so that Bridge to Ukraine could more effectively and efficiently connect Ukraine and America in different ways. All staff members of Bridge to Ukraine have served as Peace Corps volunteers in Ukraine.
The board is full of well-qualified individuals with experience in non-profits, business and government institutions in both the United States and Ukraine. The board’s role is to be the front-line in making Bridge to Ukraine work by creating organizational material, making major organizational decisions and developing the organization’s future.
Casey Magee | President
Casey is the founder and president of Bridge To Ukraine. Casey has invested a lot of time into Ukraine, yet the country has given a lot back. He is happily married to a Ukrainian, and has found lifetime family and friends in Ukraine. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer that served in Zhytomyr, Ukraine for two years as a Community Development Volunteer. Throughout his service in Ukraine, Casey supported NGO’s through organizational development and worked closely with Youth NGO Modern Format. It is here that he familiarized himself with Ukraine, found a role in developing Ukraine, and became passionate about its development.
Casey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management (MNM) from the University of Central Florida.
Ben Fresquez | Vice-President
From 2011-13, Ben served in Ukraine as a Peace Corps Community Development Volunteer in which he provided technical assistance to areas of NGO development, business and social enterprise development and civil society development. He was assigned to the Pulin Community and Business Center (NGO) and worked closely with secondary collaborative partner Samaritan Ministries (international charitable foundation) in Ukraine. During his service, he co-founded the Zhytomyr Social Enterprise Development Program, which has since been adopted by the Zhytomyr European University as the premier business academic program in the region—driving towards sustainable and responsible business management.
Ben is also co-founder of ‘Green Tours Ukraine’, a sustainable green tourism business in which was a participant in the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) and BSEC (Black Sea Economic Cooperation) CLIMBIZ acceleration challenge. Green Tours Ukraine was recognized as a leading social enterprise at the Kiev 2012 International Forum.
Ben has a BBA and MBA from New Mexico State University with specializations in Operations Management and Human Resource Management. Ben currently works as a Business Partner at Boeing in Seattle.
Christina Webb | Secretary
Christina served in Ukraine with much of the B2U Board from 2011-2013. She lived in the small town of Bereznehuvate in the Mykolayiv region of southern Ukraine and worked as a Community Development Volunteer with the NGO, Berehynia. Her main focus at Berehynia was on organizational development, project design and implementation, grant writing, workshop facilitation and teaching English — a broad range of tasks! Her biggest project included organizing and directing an English language summer camp for the youth in her community during her two summers in Ukraine. Christina loves red borshch, Ukrainian beet salad, Ukrainian pancakes and especially Ukrainian cookies and chocolate! Her favorite memories from her time in Ukraine involve teaching youth at both school and summer camps, playing volleyball with her high school students and getting to know the wonderful people in the village where she lived. Christina has an MBA with a concentration in International Business from Tennessee Technological University. She currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she works as the Development Coordinator for a nonprofit organization called The Home Front Cares, which provides emergency grants to active duty service members, veterans and their families. Christina has always had a passion for the nonprofit sector and civil service and plans to continue her career in this field, possibly back in Eastern Europe one day!
Patrick Kelley | Treasurer
Patrick is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Peace Corps Response Volunteer, serving for two years in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine with an HIV/Human Rights organization and as an English teacher at the National Mining University. He also served briefly in Kyiv with the East Europe Foundation for the Response program before being evacuated in February 2014. He now lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where he works as a Program Analyst for the USDA.
Prior to Peace Corps, Patrick worked as a program manager for United Way in Seattle, Washington. He has over 15 years of experience with volunteer program management, basic needs program coordination, and leadership development. In his spare time, he enjoys meeting up with friends old and new, sharing excellent food and robust beverages, and staying up all night solving the mysteries of the universe.
Amy Quick | Board Member
Amy is a native Oregonian. Her love of people came from years of her mom always volunteering her time and expertise to her passions, usually surrounding music and youth education. Amy has worked in the travel industry and management for many years, but her last job and one of her favorites, was as the Director of Membership for an aviation museum in Oregon. She served as a Community Development Volunteer with the US Peace Corps in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk.
She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Warner Pacific College in Portland and a Masters degree in Business Administration from George Fox University in Newberg. She currently works for the Social Security Administration in Ohio.
Pete Isaac | Board Member
Prior to coming to Ukraine, Pete Isaac spent over five years in the Higher Education industry focusing on student and organizational development. During his time in Ukraine, he focused on individual and organizational capacity building, social entrepreneurship development, HIV/AIDS education, promoting civic engagement, volunteerism, and activism in youth, as well as teaching conversational business English.
He successfully worked with his organization, Perspektiva, to open multiple humanitarian aid centers in and around the city of Zaporizhzhya and was involved in the development, management, and promotion of the Eastern Rinok social entrepreneurship project utilizing Ukrianian artisans and Etsy to sell their hand-made goods to a global market.
Pete has a B.S. in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University and an M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of West Florida.
Michael Woo | Board Member
Mike is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer that served in Ukraine. While in Ukraine he worked to transform a special needs NGO from a volunteer-run organization into a structured non-profit with support from international donors. He also trained Ukrainians in grant writing and building development best-practices to complete energy-efficiency renovations on three municipal buildings in a small Ukrainian town.
Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Mike worked at LIHI where he completed $55 million in building developments (Project Cost from $4.5 million to $16 million) for seniors, homeless people, and first-time homebuyers.
Mike graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Civil Engineering and a BA in Architecture.
Matthew Eldert | Board Member
Matthew was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 2011-2013. Assigned to a secondary school, Matthew spend much of his time teaching youth on a variety of topics, including the English language, county studies, and social issues. He also located and assisted various NGOs near his location.
Matthew Eldert received his BA in Business Management from Montana State University in 2010. He now plans on obtaining an MBA to further enrich his knowledge and open up his potential.
Ashley Wichman | Board Member
Ashley served as a Community Development volunteer in Sumy, Ukraine, from 2013 – 2014. She worked with the non-governmental organization Kalinowe Grono. She also taught English clubs in the community and was co-director of the Camp EXCITE English language camp.
Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Ashley worked in higher education. She has a BA in Journalism from Marquette University and a MEd in Student Affairs Administration from Clemson University.
Viktoriia Magee | Board Member
Viktoriia was born in Ukraine and moved to the USA in 2014. While in Ukraine she was closely involved in Peace Corps projects, helping volunteers with translations and organizing events. Together with Casey Magee, she started a volunteer group CPR, the main goal of which was to encourage volunteering among youth. The group visited orphanages, organized events for kids, cleaned parks and participated in various sporting events.
Currently Viktoriia helps with fundraising, translations and Youth Bank project facilitation for Bridge to Ukraine.
Chris Kajtor | Board Member
Chris served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2010-2013. After the successful implementation of his baseball camp and various other projects, Chris decided to extend his service to see his students graduate and continue his projects in Ukraine. Chris is known for saying, “Ukraine helped me to become a man” and feels his personal and professional development grew exponentially with his service to the Ukrainian people. Chris taught in the International Relations Department at the University of Khmelnitsky and worked closely with local NGO’s, pediatric cancer facilities, and local orphanages. Chris is also a Fulbright scholar and has a passion for helping young students reach their fullest potential.
Chris has his BA in Psychology and Sociology and his Masters in Public Policy and Administration.
Suzy Cole | Board Member
Bio not available at this time.
Heidi Reimer | Board Member
Bio not available at this time.
If you are interested in joining the B2U Volunteer Team, click here!
Jake McGrew | Communications Director
Jake McGrew served as a TEFL Peace Corps Volunteer in Volodymyr-Volynskyi, Ukraine from September 2013 to February 2014, and now currently serves as a TEFL Peace Corps Response Volunteer with Peace Corps Response in Volodymyr-Volynskyi, Ukraine. As a volunteer, Jake works with the teachers in his town to improve English teaching methods, as well as with his students to improve their English language abilities. Further, Jake is currently facilitating a USAID-funded “Media Platform” project in his town to give students a voice through journalism, and is the director of the PEPFAR-funded Camp HEAL (Human Trafficking, Education, AIDS/HIV, Leadership). Jake was evacuated from Ukraine in February 2014 during the suspension of the Peace Corps Ukraine program. In March 2015, he returned to his former school on his own and, luckily, in May 2015 Peace Corps Ukraine reopened and Jake became a Peace Corps Response Volunteer. He is the creator and administrator of the Bridge to Ukraine website.
Jake received his B.S. at the University of Oregon, with a double major in economics and music.
Meredith Maynard | Communications Manager
Meredith is a Returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Ukraine from 2010 to 2012 as part of Group 39. She served in the village of Ivan’ky in Cherkasy Oblast as an English teacher in Ivan’ky’s K-12 school. In Ukraine Meredith also was the Vice-President of the Multi-Cultural Awareness Council Peace Corps working group, directed and participated in youth development programs, and wrote a small grant for new textbooks. Now Meredith lives and works in Washington D.C. for an international non-government organization working in international development and relief. Meredith is originally from Arizona, but has also lived in Michigan, Spain, Ukraine, and Colombia. Meredith has a B.A. in Psychology from Arizona State University and an M.A. in International Development with a specialization in Management for Children and Youth in Emergencies from American University.
Karis Erwin | Volunteer
Karis is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. Her primary role was working with The Vinnytsia Regional Association of Local Government in the areas of strategic planning and community development. Her secondary projects included working with NGO Philosophy of Heart, Best Buddies Ukraine, Vinnytsia Technical Lyceum, and Special Olympics Ukraine. Karis now lives in Washington, DC where she works in development for a local nonprofit that serves homeless and low income families. Her primary roles are related to fundraising, marketing and communications, and community engagement. Prior to Peace Corps, Karis worked as the development director at a large homeless services provider in downtown Kansas City.
Karis holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing from Pittsburg State University and a Masters degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.