Yuliia Kalancha, TBEC Acting Director
Yuliia Kalancha joined TBEC team as an Advocacy and Policy Manager in February 2019 to support TB affected communities and civil society in their advocacy efforts towards people-centered TB care.
Yuliia is a specialist in European Union law and has a passion for volunteering. Since 2011 Yuliia has been working in the field of public health and has been involved in the processes related to the widening of access to treatment at the national, regional, and international levels. Before joining TBEC she worked at AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Ukraine as an advocacy/marketing coordinator and as project coordinator for “Healthcarers”. She also dealt with procurement issues at the All-Ukrainian Charitable Organization “All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH” and the Ukrainian CDC.
The main areas of Yuliia’s expertise are related to community mobilization and involvement of grassroots communities in the international advocacy on access to essential medicines, creation, development, design, and implementation of advocacy activities and campaigns, as well as monitoring of procurement of drugs and medical appliances. Yuliia took over the duties of TBEC Director in August 2020.
Anna Medvedenko, TBEC Administrative Officer
In January 2019, Anna joined TBEC to provide administrative support for various ongoing TBEC projects.
In 2015, Anna got her Master’s degree in the Business Administration program at the Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadim Getman.
In 2015, Anna started to work for the ICF “Alliance for Public Health” as a Personal Assistant to Director of Treatment, Procurement, and Supply Management. She was responsible for providing the overall technical and administrative support to the Director and his team for the duration of the projects focused on TB and HCV prevention and treatment. In 2017, she joined the team of a regional project “Strengthening Health Systems for Effective TB and MR-TB Control in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” (TB-REP) as a Program Officer to support the implementation of the project.
Anna Katasonova, TBEC Finance Manager
In early 2019, Anna started her work as TBEC Finance Manager. Her key tasks are to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of TBEC’s financial system and procedures.
Throughout her professional life, Anna participated in successful proposal preparations, grant negotiations and successful implementation of awarded contracts from both the international donors (The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (TGF), USAID, European Union, Council of Europe) and private sector (Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine).
Anna has experienced in finance management with key expertise in management accounting: planning (including budgeting for grant proposals), reporting (for donors as well as to internal and external stakeholders), sub-grant management (from potential grantees assessment through constant monitoring and mentoring to reporting, final audit and closure), development of internal policies and procedures.
Serian Carlyle, TBEC Officer
Serian joined TBEC as Administrator in April 2019 and became Officer in November. As TBEC Officer, she leads on the governance aspects of the network and the project management of the European Commission CHAFEA grant.
Serian’s previous experience includes development and administrative roles for the British Museum, Tate, and Wellcome Trust. In these roles, she wrote research briefings, supported gifts management, conducted data analysis, and provided event support, amongst other projects.
Serian studied Russian politics and culture at University College London (UCL). She has a particular research interest in the relationship between sensitive aspects of identity (for example, health, sexuality, gender) and their depiction on screen. Currently, she is co-writing a chapter on the representation of reproductive health in Russian and Soviet cinema for publication in an edited volume on gender and authority. She hopes to build on her experience with TBEC and research the representation of TB in the media in the future.
Caroline Anena TBEC Coordinator
Caroline joined TBEC in Feb 2020 as TBEC Coordinator. Prior to joining TBEC Caroline worked in humanitarian emergency in Northern Uganda during and after the civil war. She has worked with local government and international organizations like International Criminal Court, Save the Children and Gulu local government, and many others on different fields of advocacy, research, Child protection, and translation.
While in the UK, Caroline was involved in advocacy work with Octavia housing, Bright Future organization, African Women Lawyers’ Association UK. Caroline has worked in advocacy work for children from disadvantaged backgrounds with Bright Future. She also worked with Octavia Housing before joining TBEC. she worked as an administrator for African Women Lawyers’ Association in the UK.
Caroline has masters in International Law and an undergraduate in Social Work and Social Administration. Her career reflects a passion for human rights, humanitarian and international development.
Khrystyna Vilyura, TBEC Program Manager
Khrystyna joined TBEC team in August 2020 as a Program Manager. She started her public health career in the area of TB control and prevention in 2011 and was responsible for the implementation of the nationwide information campaign «Stop TB in Ukraine». Also, Khrystyna was coordinating the regional experts in advocacy, communication and social mobilization activities in all regions of Ukraine as well as the National TB Hotline.
Khrystyna has experience in strengthening the capacity of national and regional non-governmental organizations, developing the program instructions and guidance for regional stakeholders, conducting training, and other events.
Before joining TBEC as a Senior Program Officer in Alliance for Public Health, Khrystyna was providing technical assistance and support to NGOs, quality control, and quality assurance measures and evaluating the efficiency of project activities in regions, coordinated the procurement procedures for national HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Also, Khrystyna provided technical support for community-based organization within the transition period from the donor to state financing of prevention programs in Ukraine.
Ms. Vilyura also has experience in communication with government agencies while working in mass media in one of the largest business associations in Ukraine.
Samanta Sokolowski, TBEC Program Manager
Samanta Sokolowski has been working in the fields of HIV and TB prevention for over 20 years, working with several organizations, both governmental and non-governmental. One of her main focus of work is the collaboration with and strengthening of civil society in the fight against these diseases.
She is particularly interested in the topics of gender and LGBTIQ issues.
Samanta joined TBEC team in August 2020 as a Program Manager.
Olha Tsviliy, TBEC Program Manager
Mrs. Olha Tsviliy has almost 13 years of experience in TB program management (since 2007). She has an educational background in pedagogical, social work, and public health management and skills in ACSM, policy analysis, writing of policy papers and informational materials, training courses development and conducting project management, monitoring and evaluation, designing, and conducting researches, evaluations and situation analysis.
She is the head of “Stop TB Partnership” Ukraine Secretariat. Previously she worked in NGO “Labor & health social initiatives”, in “Bureau of social and policy researches” and in “Coalition of HIV-service organizations”. Also, she has consultancy experience in some international organizations, including UN agencies and the Council of Europe.
Olha’s fields of expertise are: TB, HIV, social services and social policy, amalgamated territory communities, ethnic minorities, human rights, and others.
Іn August 2020 Olha joined TBEC team as a Program Manager.
Ave Talu, TBEC Program Manager
Ave joined TBEC in September 2020 as a Program Manager. She is an experienced public health researcher, expert, consultant, project manager, and analyst with a long national, international, and EU experience. She has over 20 years of work experience across different organizations with a strong focus on illicit drugs, HIV/AIDS, HIV and tuberculosis co-infection, innovative public health interventions, prevention of stigma and discrimination, and access and quality of treatment and care.
Before joining TBEC, she had worked in Estonia nongovernmental organization as an analyst and researcher for the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP), the U.S. military-specific HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment program. For the past seven years, she has worked as a project director and researcher in clinical trials aimed at reducing injection initiation. All of these, as well as previous studies, have been conducted in collaboration with a highly inspiring nongovernmental organization.
Also, Ave has worked in Estonia as the head of the Estonian Drug Monitoring Centre. She has been working as a scientific expert in the Central Asia Drugs Action Program, CADAP 5, and CADAP 6.
She holds a Master of Science degree in public health from the University of Tartu.
Her portfolio also includes monitoring and evaluation, harm reduction, health communication, health advocacy, gender, and human rights, capacity development, mentoring, and management of multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
Aleksandra Vasylenko, TBEC PR Manager
Since 2008, Aleksandra Vasylenko has been professionally engaged in communications in the social and medical fields, particularly in those issues where it is possible and needed to influence the change in public opinion and behavior. Aleksandra has proven experience in communication activities in public, private, and non-profit organizations. For the first time, she was involved in communication work in the field of TB control in 2011 within the framework of the Global Fund project “Stop TB in Ukraine”. Later she continued her work at the ICF “Alliance for Public Health”, on behalf of TBEC which was a partner in the TB-REP project. This experience provided an opportunity not only to expand knowledge about the problem of the disease in the EECA region but also to get acquainted with national aspects and approaches in TB control, to promote the exchange of useful information among CSOs in the countries of the region and to study in detail the best practices of implementing people-centered approaches.
In addition, Aleksandra Vasylenko has been responsible for coordinating the activities of the inter-factional deputy association “Parliament Platform to Fight Tuberculosis” in Ukraine since its establishment in 2017 to the present day.
In the course of her work in the field of TB control, Ms. Vasylenko has continually interacted with TBEC and since June 2020, as a Communications Consultant, she had the opportunity to directly participate in the work of the Coalition. Since August 2020, Aleksandra joined the TBEC team as a PR Manager.
Louise Cliff TBEC Officer
Louise Cliff is the TB Europe Coalition Officer, she joined TBEC in August 2020.
Prior to working with TBEC, Louise was coordinating trainings as part of the SPARK Libya skills development project. She has previously worked on reproductive and sexual health issues in Kosovo and was a Trainee at the European Commission.
Louise has a Masters in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research and is passionate about working to support key affected populations. She is currently supporting the creation of a new civil society organization in Tunisia and an app on reproductive health issues in Sudan.