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Yelena Kadeykina, CEO

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brandeis University

Yelena Kadeykina is a Cambridge-based technology entrepreneur and educator whose projects revolve around international knowledge exchange and connections, such as StartUp Access, an MIT spinout that offers mentorship services to entrepreneurs seeking to enter the global market. Yelena has had a number of consulting engagements with organizations such as the World Bank and MIT, where she developed a curriculum for entrepreneurial initiatives and led seminars on the topics of networking, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Yelena is one of the co-founders of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Russia, and has served as a speaker and moderator at a number of conferences, including the World Cities Summit, Open Innovation Forum, Global Entrepreneurial Congress, and others.

Julia Barr, Director of Education

Education: University of Chicago, Middlebury College


Julia Barr graduated as valedictorian from Middlebury College and received a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Chicago, where she studied as a Century Fellow and conducted international research as a Fulbright scholar. She has taught at the University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rutgers University (as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral scholar), and Macalester College. Julia has authored three articles published in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of History and History of Science.

Andrey Shlyakhter, Director of Education

Education: University of Chicago, Brandeis University


Andrey Shlyakhter graduated cum laude from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Economics and in History (with honors). He received his M.A. from the University of Chicago, where he is preparing his PhD dissertation for defense in the Department of History, and has taught European history to students in the College. He is the recipient of numerous academic fellowships, including a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award from the U.S. Department of Education and an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. A believer in the transformative power of the liberal arts, Andrey is excited to bring his extensive experience in American higher education and his commitment to excellence to the service of our students.

Educational Consultants

Zaza Asatiani

Education: Princeton University


Zaza Asatiani is a student at Princeton University studying sociology and comparative literature. His research and fictional stories have been published in journals all over the world, including Figments Magazine in the United States and Pembroke Street Magazine in the United Kingdom. In his free time he enjoys reading, traveling, and watching movies, as well as working as a debate mentor for the Georgian Institute for Debate and Education. He has won awards at the International Debate Forum in Vilnius, Latvia and at the Golden Butterfly International Film Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia. He also recently completed an internship at the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow.

Masha Alekseeva

Education: Stanford University


Masha was a candidate for Russia’s IBO (International Biology Olympiad) in high school after winning awards in National Olympiads. At Stanford, her interests  hifted to a more practical and interdisciplinary major: chemical engineering. At Stanford, Masha works in the neuropsychology lab, studying the behavioral effects of pain, and in a bioengineering lab, optimizing and engineering proteins for neurological research. Outside of work, Masha is a board member of a filmmaking club where she helps equip and teach people with no prior experience in filmmaking. In high school, she used to volunteer and teach video-production and editing to children in orphanages. Her passion for helping other people learn and grow in unique artistic ways is coupled with her dedication to academics. Masha tutors on online platforms, as well as helps friends of friends with advice on "how to get accepted to Stanford’." She hopes to help more people to achieve their biggest goals and realize their dreams and potential through Hermiona.

Taylor Chin

Education: Princeton University


Taylor graduated from Princeton University in 2018 with a degree in Slavic Languages & Literatures, as well as a minor in Neuroscience. She began tutoring high school students in 2013, and since then has helped many students prepare for the SAT, college applications, and college essays. She has lived abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia for Russian language studies. Taylor previously represented the USA in fencing, and fenced for Princeton University's Division 1 varsity fencing team. She is currently a journalist with Poland Today and has published several articles, both journalistic and scientific, internationally and nationally. She has also written creative prose for her Princeton University Slavic senior thesis, which is a novel that features 19th-century Moscow detectives, an absurd man, and the Slavic folklore world.

Robert Willard

Education: Columbia University


Robert Willard graduated from Columbia University with a degree in economics. He has extensive experience on the front lines doing environmental charity work in developing countries in Central Asia, predominantly in Uzbekistan. Robert currently works as a data analyst for the UN Peace and Development Advisor to the South Caucasus. Robert is a recipient of a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) for Azerbaijan.

G. R. Marvez

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Marvez studies at MIT, majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, with a Concentration in Education. Marvez has taught AP English, AP Biology, IB Biology, IB Theory of Knowledge, SAT Prep, and middle school sciences. In August, Marvez will begin graduate school at MIT for Comparative Media Studies and Writing.

Leora Eisenberg

Education: Princeton University


Leora Eisenberg is a graduate of Princeton University. She has received countless awards for excellence in language studies, including the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), the Streicker International Fellowship, the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI) Award, the Nicholas Bachko Award, the Labouisse Prize, and the Fulbright Award. Leora speaks 12 languages in total, ranging from Russian, to German, to Farsi, to Hebrew, to Tajik.

David Giliver

Education: Columbia University


At Columbia University David was concentrating on computer science and applied mathematics. During his time at Columbia, he has served as a student ambassador for prospective and newly admitted students, which has given him insight on what it takes to succeed in college, academically, socially, and psychologically. This summer, David is working at Edison Energy as a software engineering intern, where he helps manage risk in the energy market; last summer, he interned at Progress Software, where he worked on their blockchain for enterprise platform. In his free time, David plays hockey (he is on the club team at school) and enjoys working on cars at his dad’s auto shop as well.

Polina Ivanova

Education: Harvard University, Bosphorus University


Polina Ivanova is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at Harvard University, where she also earned her M.A. in 2015. She graduated summa cum laude from Bosphorus University (Istanbul) with a B.A. in History. She has taught courses in European History at Harvard College and holds two Certificates of Distinction in Teaching awarded by the Harvard Bok Centre for Teaching and Learning. She is the recipient of numerous academic fellowships and awards, including the Dumbarton Oaks William R. Tyler Fellowship, Social Sciences Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Onassis Foundation Scholarship, and Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship, among others.

Peter Koroteev

Education: University of California at Berkeley, University of Minnesota, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology


Peter Koroteev earned his BS and MS at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology where he studied theoretical physics and mathematics. Peter came to the United States for his Ph.D. studies at the University of Minnesota, which he completed in 2012. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, ON, Canada. Presently, Peter is a Krener Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Davis and does research in mathematical physics and string theory. Prof. Koroteev has been working in the educational system through his entire career — from teaching at math summer school in Russia to his experience as a teaching assistant in grad school to, finally, his work as a professor at Davis.

Jason Lu

Education: Davidson College


Jason Lu graduated from Davidson College, where he was studying pure mathematics and Russian language and literature. He specialized in works of Russian literature from the 20th century, written during the Siege of Leningrad. Additionally, Jason has studied with Middlebury Schools Abroad in Moscow. Jason has tutored subjects ranging from the English language to college level mathematics, with a focus on building his students' confidence in their respective subjects, and translating that to traditional problem solving skills. For the last few years, he has worked with children from many backgrounds: for each of them, he values the opportunity to create individualized paths to improvement!

David Lysenko

Education: Georgetown University


David Lysenko graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the United States’ best diplomacy program at Georgetown University. His work experience includes time at the Office of Russian Affairs and the Office of Political and Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. David has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), U.S. China Fellowship, and the Carroll Fellowship.

Calista Lee

Education: Princeton University


Calista Lee was born and raised in New York City. She is a junior at Princeton University and is currently studying abroad at Cambridge University for the fall semester. Before enrolling at Princeton, Calista attended the Trinity School on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. She spent this past summer in New York City as a Sales and Trading analyst at J.P. Morgan, where she also plans on returning next summer. She tutored throughout high school to New York City locals, fellow Trinity Students, and international families over Skype. She is incredibly excited to tutor again and is committed to helping her students reach their goals! 

Christian Multunas

Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SUNY Albany


Christian holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in Secondary Education from SUNY Albany. During his undergrad, Christian dedicated a portion of his studies to Computer Systems Engineering with an emphasis on robotics applications. He started tutoring privately while in undergrad and has tutored students with a wide array of cognitive abilities and learning differences over the past 6 years. While physics is his specialty, Christian has a deep appreciation for chemistry and mathematics and has tutored countless students in those subjects alongside physics. Christian also has professional experience as a classroom teacher of AP Physics, Standard Physics, and Chemistry.

Tessa Murthy

Education: Yale University


Tessa is a current student at Yale University with a double major in Mathematics and Intellectual History. Having conducted research in mathematics and biostatistics with leading professors and clinicians, and received fellowships for her studies in the humanities, Tessa is very familiar with preparing for interviews, editing essays, polishing resumes, and other vital aspects of the application process. As a tutor, she strives to improve students' performances not by assisting in the process of rote memorization, but by guiding students toward understanding of why the laws of physics, the theorems of mathematics, the rules of grammar, and the events of history are the way they are. Tessa earned a perfect score on the ACT and graduated as valedictorian from Hathaway Brown School in Ohio with Phi Beta Kappa honors. In her free time, she serves as chairman of a political debating society at Yale and composes operas.

Emily Reinhold

Education: Princeton University


Emily Reinhold is a rising junior at Princeton University, where she is pursuing a major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a minor in Environmental Studies. She is interested in studying environmental policy, as well as other domestic policy issues. Emily was born in Bobruisk, Belarus and immigrated to the United States at the age of six; Russian is the language she speaks at home. In high school, Emily tutored younger students in writing, math, and Spanish; in college, she helps local middle school students with homework through a Princeton organization and teaches ESL to Spanish-speaking immigrants in Trenton, New Jersey. She is also a member of the Princeton Student Climate Initiative. Helping students both succeed in their academics and find a way to enjoy learning is one of Emily’s biggest passions, and it is what has brought her to Hermiona.

Liudmila Rikun

Education: University of Massachusetts at Amherst


Mila chose to be a professional educator after working as an electrical engineer because of her desire to teach and share her love of math with others. She has held a variety of positions teaching students at the middle school, high school and college levels. The foundation of her teaching method is a development of logical and critical thinking —  by breaking down each topic into a few simple steps, each one is rather a discovery for the student rather than a product of memorization. Her students got accepted to such universities as Stanford and Harvard.

Michael Rupprecht

Education: Caltech


Michael now holds his B.S. in Mathematics at Caltech with an additional minor in Geology. In high school, he was an active participant in math competitions, winning Chicago-wide competitions and placing well in national and international competitions. Wanting to spread his passion for mathematics, he launched a mentoring program at his high school for neighboring high school students and worked as a teacher for two years through the Young Scholars Program at UChicago. In addition, Michael has worked as a teaching assistant for the introductory computer science course at the California Institute of Technology. He has gained extensive experience teaching to a variety of ages, topics, and levels of experience - from middle-schoolers to undergraduates, standardized testing to competitive math, and remedial work to enrichment. After earning a master's degree in applied mathematics or statistics, he plans to become a trader.

Nadya Stryuk

Education: Yale University


Nadezhda (Nadya) Stryuk earned her B.A. from Yale University, where she majored in Architecture, and currently works for Robert A. M. Stern Architects in New York. She successfully prepared her applications to top American universities while attending a public high school in Voronezh, Russia.  Nadya is excited to help other students succeed in applying to the colleges of their dreams, and to share the lessons she learned when she went through the application process herself.

Janice Cheon


Janice Cheon is currently pursuing an MSt in Medieval and Modern Languages (German) as an Ertegun Scholar at the University of Oxford. She recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a degree in German Media and Aesthetics and certificates (minors) in Humanistic Studies, Medieval Studies, and Music Performance. She is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover. As an undergraduate, Janice served as a teaching assistant for Princeton German Department’s language sequence. She was the editor-in-chief of Princeton Studies in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, the academic journal for Princeton’s Medieval Studies Program, and the research assistant for Professor Wendy Heller (Department of Music). She has also worked as a curatorial intern at various museums and cultural institutions including the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bamberg, Germany) and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin). As a baroque and modern violinist, Janice has performed in principal positions with various ensembles in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria and co-founded the Princeton Chamber Music Society.


Daria Chudnovsky

Social Media Consultant

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Daria is pursuing a BS in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in Educational Psychology. She has 4 years of experience managing and instructing at Math Circles and math teams for students ages 6-18. Currently, she is conducting research at the Illinois Geometry Lab on designing innovative outreach materials which aim to excite students about math. She hopes to share her passion for the challenge of problem solving to Hermiona students. Outside of math, Daria enjoys playing violin in a string quartet at UIUC and exploring social media algorithms.

Roksolana Zityniuk

Administrative Assistant
Education: Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian University


Roksolana hails from Ivan-Frankivsk, Ukraine, where she studies International Relations at Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian University. Learning languages is her primary hobby: she speaks Ukrainian and Russian, and is perfecting her English, Polish and Spanish. Roksolana enjoys traveling and getting to know new people, and is excited to join the Hermiona team.


Anatole Faykin

Education: California Institute of Technology, NYU Stern School of Business


Anatole Faykin is an experienced high tech executive and entrepreneur. Most recently, he founded his own ecommerce company in China, which he grew to 25 employees, over 300,000 subscribers, and a USD 2M+ annual revenue run rate, before selling the company. Previously, he worked in progressively responsible managerial roles at American Express, Intel Corporation, and BT Group across US, Europe, and Asia.

Tylor Hess

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Tylor Hess graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, where he was inducted into the Pi Tau Sigma (πτσ) Honor Society, held a Gordon Engineering Leadership (GEL) fellowship, and was recognized with many other awards (including a de Florez Design Award). After MIT, Tylor worked as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, where he serviced dozens of U.S. government agencies in technical and leadership positions. He was subsequently recruited by the President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) as the 5th member of the team that went on to create Skoltech. Tyler is currently on leave from a Master’s in Organizational Design at MIT, and working as an advisor and consultant to startups in the Boston area.

Andrew Koyfman

Education: Brown University


Andrew Koyfman graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Master’s of Science in Computer Science. After graduation, Andrew worked for five years as a software developer in Silicon Valley. After earning his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, Andrew moved into consulting at Bain & Company. At present, Andrew works at EMC Corporation, where he helps EMC’s executives define the company strategy and future direction.

Marina Raskin

Education: Tufts University, Boston University


Marina holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Child Psychology from Tufts University, and is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship. At present, she holds the position of Chief Analyst at the Efficiency Evaluation Laboratory of the Healthy Families Massachusetts Program, where she supervises research on the educational achievement of children being raised by underage parents. Marina also works in close collaboration with several universities in Nikolaev, Ukraine, where she has led the development of the “Elder Sister" program at the city orphanage, which assists children with their emotional growth. Marina also teaches undergraduate courses in psychology at Northeastern University.

Alex Rikun, Ph.D.

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University


Alex Rikun graduated from Columbia University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Economics. Following graduation, Alex spent a year working as a trader with Lehman Brothers before entering a PhD program in Operations Research at MIT. Since earning his Ph.D. degree, Alex has been working as a consultant at the Analysis Group, focusing on health care litigation, research, and strategy. Alex has also had experience in Operations consulting, as well as at IBM research.

Evgenii Zherebchevskiy

Education: University of California Berkeley, MIT Sloan School of Management

Evgenii graduated from the University of California Berkeley, earning a BA in Finance with Honors. After earning his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, Evgenii joined Cisco as a Director of Strategy and Analysis of its telecommunications department. Evgenii has also worked for McKinsey, a top consulting firm, where he helped develop business strategy for leading companies in Russia, Ukraine, and the USA.


Andrew Prihodko

Education: Harvard University, MIT Sloan School of Management

Andrew Prihodko is a co-founder and CEO of HitBliss, a venture-backed new generation advertising and premium video streaming platform, where he directly oversees product development, engineering, and operations. He has been a founding team member and technology/product leader at three ther successful startups: Pixamo, an online photo and video sharing platform (acquired by NameMedia); Cambridge Network Security, a penetration testing and information security consultancy; and, an online entertainment and educational aid site (SparkNotes, acquired by Barnes and Noble). He was also responsible for technology and media investments at WNT AG, a venture capital and private equity arm of a German family office. Andrew is a graduate of both Harvard College and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.