Born in Bolivia, early life in Ecuador, Argentina. Grew up outside London.
Got BSc Geoogy and Geophysics, Durham University Durham, UK and MSc Geophysics New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, USA.
Works in oil and gas industry. First visited Russia with ConocoPhillips to work on LukOil joint venture software/data. Since than he was visited Russian ten times.
His interest in Russian art, particularly the avant-garde, and architecture and music, has broadened to history as these are more often than not related.
He has been studying Russian since 2007.
Lisa has been fluent in Russian since her education at Melbourne University, Melbourne Australia, but is also fluent in French and conversational in 5 other languages.
An experienced manager in international aid and development, she has been recognized for her achievements and service with many local, national and international awards.
Her last working position was Executive Director, Harris County Hospital District Foundation.
Apart from her duties on the board of RCC, Lisa has also served in other boards that focus on education, health and international relations with a focus on Russia. Currently she is chair of the Veterans Business Advisory Council and the Public Health and Community Service Committees of the Houston Rotary.
She enjoys languages, ballet and horseback riding.
Donna has been a member/supporter of the Russian Cultural Center for a number of years. She particularly enjoys the musical programs and art exhibits and had donated to help make a number of these programs possible. In 2018, Donna became a board member.
She has 3 degrees from Rice – BA, MA, & PhD in behavioral science, and a computer science BA from UH Clear Lake. Her dissertation topic was Houston’s Greek community.
Donna taught at University of St Thomas for 14 years, then moved to industry. She retired from Williams Gas Pipe Line 4 years ago, having worked as a technical trainer in Operations. In this job she traveled all over the US to work with field employees.
She has been traveling internationally for 20 years and has visited 123 countries, including 3 trips to Russia.
Native Houstonian and fourth-generation Texan Karen Kossie-Chernyshev, Ph.D., is three times a graduate of Rice University, where she earned a dual B.A. in French and English, an M.A. in History, and a Ph.D. in History. She is the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in History from Rice and the first African American woman to earn a PhD in History from a Texas institution.
Dr. Kossie-Chernyshev has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants, including awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Texas Council for the Humanities, Humanities Texas, and Summerlee Foundation. She has taught for Rice University’s Language Programs, University of Houston, Oberlin College, and Texas Southern University, where she is a tenured professor of history.
She also serves as an outside evaluation consultant for the Young Women’s Initiative, an affiliate of the Texas Women’s Foundation, National Young Women’s Initiative Collaborative, Girls for Gender Equity, and the Earl Carl Institute (Texas Southern University).
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