Our Mission & History

The Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation (UCEF) was founded in 1997 to teach Americans about the challenges and successes of Catholic educational institutions in the country of Ukraine. In a sincere commitment to personal involvement and high standards, the UCEF works with these institutions hands-on to meet present needs and develop resources for the future. Through grant and endowment programs, distribution of books and teaching materials, and collaborative volunteer projects, emphasizing foreign exchange of students and faculty, we foster the communion of Ukrainians in North America with the Ukrainian nation and of Roman Catholics in the West with the largest Eastern Catholic Church.

Our Board Members

Taras Szmagala, Jr.

Director, Chairman and President

Anne Chermak Dillen


Natalia Klymovska


Dzvinka Kryshtalowych


Andrew Lencyk

Director and Secretary

Dr. Boris Lushniak


Daniel Schmidt


Nelson Bosacoma

Treasurer and UCEF Chief Financial Officer

Management Team

Joseph Solimini

Chief Operating Officer

Alexander B. Kuzma

Chief Development Officer

Donor Relations

Yulia Komar

Donor Relationship Manager

Roman Vaskiv

Donor Relationship Manager

Matthew Matuszak, Manager of Grants and Publications

Matthew Matuszak

Manager of Grants and Publications

Advisory Council

Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Archbishop of New York

Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti

Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine

Most Rev. Robert M. Moskal

Bishop of Parma (retired)

Rev. Andriy Chirovsky

Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies

Rev. J. Bryan Hehir

Harvard University

George Weigel

Ethics and Public Policy Center