Meet our Team

UFF United States

Andy Bain

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CO-FOUNDER

Andy Bain co-founded UFF in 2014 after meeting with Ukrainian officers that he served with in Iraq. Their battalion was stripped by the Yanukovich kleptocracy and, as a result, the Ukrainian battalion was combat ineffective in a hostile environment. Andy, through his company, purchased vehicle batteries and was able to mobilize the battalion overnight.

Realizing a direct connection between volunteers and military units was critical to establishing a supply chain responsive to Russia’s 2014 invasion, the Ukrainian Freedom Fund was founded. Separately, Andy was one of the early founders of the advertising and media industries in Ukraine. He has lived and worked in Ukraine, specifically Kyiv, since 1992 after founding Atlantic Group Limited. Andy received a B.A. degree from Yale University and an MBA from the University of Michigan in the United States. He served in Iraq and retired as a Colonel from the US Marine Corps Reserve.

Brad Fisher

MANAGING DIRECTOR,
CFO

Brad is a U.S. military officer and aviator volunteering with the Ukrainian Freedom Fund in a personal capacity. He lived in Ukraine for several years where he volunteered as an adjunct advisor to the Ukrainian Government in the development of its National Security Strategy, Military Security Strategy, Air Force Development Strategy, and Future Security Environment. 

He is pursuing a PhD at the National University of Kyiv – Mohyla Academy and his research has been presented in Kharkiv, Kyiv, Vinnytsia, to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, the Ukrainian Air Force, and at numerous international conferences. Brad is a graduate of Norwich University with a B.S. degree and an MBA. Brad has served in numerous worldwide contingency and combat operations including in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nico Woods

Director of Operations

Before coming to UFF, Nico was a U.S. Naval Officer, where he was certified by the US Department of Energy as a nuclear engineer. This allowed him to be assigned to a nuclear submarine in the Northern Atlantic Fleet. After leaving the Navy, Nico worked in a Boston private equity firm that specialized in the search fund asset class.

He built financial and operating models and conducted extensive commercial, legal due diligence, and industry research. He received his MBA from Stanford University in 2021. Nico is an avid private pilot, flight instructor, and SCUBA diver.

Cierra Fisher

Director of development

Cierra is a licensed therapist and program specialist. She led fundraising initiatives in both the public and private sector in the U.S. and Ukraine, to include as chair volunteer coordinator for events on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. She has spent her career advocating for individuals in need, including charitable work in Ukraine since 2018. 

She obtained her Master of Education in Counseling from The Citadel and her Education Specialist Degree in Leadership and Administration at The George Washington University in the United States. She has a decade of experience in counseling and counseling supervision as well as program development and strategic resource planning. 

UFF Ukraine

Oksana Nagnichuk

Executive director, Legal counsel

Oksana joined the UFF in the Spring of 2017. She has been critical to the UFF’s efforts to increase transparency in Ukraine’s military procurement process. Oksana is a lawyer with 10 years of experience.

She has worked professionally in both the public and private sectors. She received her Advocate Certificate in 2020 and has been working at Atlantic Group Limited since 2017. Oksana was a Board Member of the Committee on Constitutional Law, Administrative Rights, and Human Rights (Association of Ukrainian Lawyers) from 2018 – 2021. She has more than 10 publications related to the protection of human rights. Oksana is a graduate of the National University of Kyiv – Mohyla Academy with a Master of Law degree. She received her MBA diploma from the Kyiv-School of Economics in 2021.

Eduard Vozniy

Volunteer

Eduard “Edik” Vozniy is a former professional logistics officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He received a degree in Economics from the Odessa Military Institute. In 2003-2004, Eduard deployed to the Middle East and is an honored military officer.

He went to Kuwait as part of the 19th Battalion of Radiation, Chemical and Bacteriological Protection with a humanitarian mission and later to Iraq with a peace-keeping mission. After returning from Iraq, Eduard left military service at the rank of Captain. He has been working at Atlantic Group Limited as Administrative Director since 2005.

Iryna Kalyniuk

Finance Director

Iryna is a Ukrainian citizen that lives and works in Kyiv. She graduated from Kyiv National Economic University and has been working in finance for more than 20 years. Iryna has been working with the UFF for 4 years.

Yana Bilash

Volunteer

Yana is a Kyiv native who remained in the city to care for family throughout the initial invasion and the battle for Kyiv. She graduated from the Kyiv Economic Institute of Management and worked over 10 years in private infrastructure development before joining UFF.

Strategic Advisors

Olha Bosak

co-founder

Olha Bosak is an award-winning energy business leader who has her own business, Olha Bosak Management Consulting. After almost two decades of continuous progression and achievement she was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of Norwegian energy company AICE Hydro and to foster the development of Ukrainian-Austrian Association as a member of the Supervisory Board.

With the aim to promote an image of new post-Maidan Ukraine to the global community and emphasize the importance of strong inter-country cooperation in preventing aggression in 2016, she launched an international Live Free public diplomacy project at the UN General Assembly Building in New York. Due to her active involvement in Orange Revolution in 2004, Olha was invited by Ukraine’s President Yushchenko to serve in his Administration. Olha managed several international projects and worked at international companies. She contributed to energy industry transformation in Ukraine while working with the largest energy company, Naftogaz of Ukraine, as a Director of the Center for Reforms of Oil & Gas Sector and Corporate Governance of SOEs. Olha has two degrees: in Economics and Management from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and in Philosophy and Theology from the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv). She also completed training programs in Austria, Germany, France and the US.

Daniel Bilak

Strategic Advisor

Dan is a Canadian-qualified lawyer with 30 years of professional experience in Central and Eastern Europe and an experienced private sector and institutional reform practitioner. He has advised numerous Ukrainian Presidents, Prime Ministers, and cabinet-level officials. Since Russia’s full-scale invasion, Dan has served as a member of the Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine in battlefield and support roles.

Dan plays a critical role in sourcing supplies for Ukraine’s defenders. Prior to the war, Dan served three years as Chief Investment Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ukraine and established and directed UkraineInvest, the Ukrainian government’s foreign direct investment promotion agency; during his tenure, UkraineInvest unlocked US $3 billion of investment from existing and new investors. As Deputy Chairman of Ukrainian Railways and Supervisory Board member of the State Savings Bank of Ukraine, Daniel gained extensive experience regarding the reform of corporate governance of state-owned enterprises.

Daniel twice served as principal adviser and chief of staff to the Minister of Justice of Ukraine. He was also senior integrity and democratic governance adviser to successive presidents and prime ministers of Ukraine. In these capacities, Daniel obtained intimate knowledge of the machinery of government in transition democracies and the practical application of reforms. He was engaged in the restructuring of the ministries of justice, health, education, agriculture, social policy, environment, and economy in Ukraine.

Morgan Williams

STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Morgan Williams is the President and CEO of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), a member of the Board of Directors of the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE), Senior Advisor, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF), and member of Phi Beta Kappa. Morgan received a B.A. degree in Economics and Business Administration from Ottawa University and a M.A. degree in Economics from the University of Kansas.

He started working on the economic and private business development of Ukraine in 1992. In January 2007 Morgan Williams was elected President/CEO of the USUBC. He has been awarded three State medals from the Government of Ukraine for his contribution to the economic development of Ukraine. Morgan Williams is the founder/trustee of the “Holodomor: Through the Eyes of Ukrainian Artists” collection.

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