Board of Directors
Anna Zlateva Todorova
Anna Zlateva Todorova lives and works in Washington, DC. She is currently the Operations Manager for CAL/WIDA Partnership Activities at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). In this capacity she manages the diverse project operations of a large-scale language assessment program.
Anna has a long history with the Peace Corps Bulgaria community. She worked for Peace Corps for 13 years and served in various staff position. From 2001 to 2008, she was the Peace Corps Bulgaria Programming and Training Director. In this role she provided staff with program and project guidance in their efforts to assess community development needs, design, revise and evaluate project strategies. She oversaw and coordinated capacity building initiatives and adult training programs on language, culture, diversity, project managements, leadership, communication skills and development approaches. Anna coached trainers, consultants, volunteers and staff and oversaw the support and management of Peace Corps Volunteers in Bulgaria through the selection of assignments, partners, projects and training. She also supported the professional and personal development of staff through on the job coaching, identification of learning and training needs and opportunities.
Anna holds an MBA, Master of Business Administration from City University, Bellevue WA, and MA and BA, Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”.
In 1997 she was among the founders of the European Information Centre, a NGO based in Veliko Turnovo, active in the youth and community development fields. The European Information Centre has been a volunteer counterpart to Peace Corps Bulgaria since 1999, implementing many community development projects. Since 2004 EIC has been the host of the Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World). Camp GLOW provides a seven-day experience that is aimed at helping young Bulgarian girls reach and explore their potential as future leaders. Camp GLOW started as a Peace Corps Bulgaria iniative in 2000 before its successful transition to EIC.
Dimitar Tsekov is founding member of CORPluS. Prior to CORPluS, he worked for Peace Corps Bulgaria for 15 years. During this time, he managed both the Community and Organizational Development and the Environment Management and Training programs. He is an experienced program manager with an expertise in the areas of community development, project design and management, and training.
While at Peace Corps, Dimitar supervised over 300 Peace Corps Volunteers and was responsible for the design and implementation of their pre-service and in-service trainings, the identification and preparation of their assignments and the facilitation of performance improvements. He worked closely with over 200 partnering organizations (municipalities, NGOs, schools, park directorates) providing them with guidance, training and resources to ensure effective collaboration.
Dimitar has Masters’ degree in History from Sofia University. Prior to Peace Corps he worked as an Education specialist for the municipality and as History teacher at The Language High School in the town of Kyustendil.
Valya Zavyalova is a founding member of CORPluS. Previously, she worked for Peace Corps Bulgaria’s Education program for 13 years. As a Programming and Training Specialist she was involved in the preparation, training and field support of more than 500 American volunteers for their work as English teachers in Bulgaria. Valya worked closely with more than 800 primary and secondary schools in Bulgaria providing them with guidance, training and resources to ensure effective collaboration. Building on her experience as a teacher, she contributed to the design and implementation of many in-service trainings for American teachers and their Bulgarian counterparts. Valya’s special interest lies in early foreign language education – ways to motivate students to learn inside and outside the classroom and health education. She has participated in many trainings in other Peace Corps countries and the USA, which provided her with current information on new teaching, training, and evaluation techniques and strengthened her facilitation skills.
Valya has a Masters’ degree in English and Russian studies from Sofia University and prior to Peace Corps taught English and Russian to students from 1st through 11th grade.
Gergana Yaneva is the Development Manager of CORPluS. She has a lot of experience volunteering for various causes including children at risk, quality of education and integration of refugees both in Bulgaria and in countries around the world such as Singapore, Tanzania, Ecuador and Peru. Prior to CORPluS, Gergana was the Program Coordinator at the York Rotract Club and the Social Involvement Coordinator of Red Cross Youth at the National University of Singapore. Her area of expertise is event organization and fundraising.
Gergana has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of York, United Kingdom.