Evan Zukiwsky is a Shumka Alumnist, having danced from 1986 to 2001, and was involved in five touring productions. He is a partner in an engineering firm and manages projects valued between $100,000 and $1.5 million, overseeing them from concept to realization. His strength as a manager derives from his ability to build consensus and find common ground, in efforts to achieve goals. As a partner, he seeks and develops opportunities and believes the key to success in any organization are the relationships built and maintained. He is used to working positively with many stakeholders. His last involvement with Shumka was in a major leadership role as the President of the Shumka Foundation between 2008 and 2013, where he helped navigate one of the most divisive eras in Shumka’s history.
In this new era of Shumka board governance, Evan will bring a firm respect and knowledge of our past operations while focusing on the future success of the company.
A perennial asker-of-questions and teller-of-tales, Fawnda Mithrush is the current Executive Director of LitFest: Canada’s only nonfiction festival. She played the role of General Manager for two of Edmonton’s most storied theatre companies (Theatre Network and the outdoor Freewill Shakespeare Festival), and has penned stories and profiles for Avenue Magazine, Vue Weekly, and Edmonton Journal, among others. A former editor for the now defunct SEE Magazine, she still moonlights as a publicist for a variety of arts and non-profit organizations around town. Born and raised in Edmonton, she enjoys being a booster of the city’s writers, dancers, and other artsy folk. She also has a fondness for cheese, travel, and the BBC.
Katelyn Kuchta is in her third year dancing with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. She began dancing at the age of three and has trained in various disciplines including R.A.D. and Cecchetti ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and Ukrainian dance. Prior to Shumka, she danced with Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir for three years. Shumka is a very unique company that has strengthened her passion for Ukrainian dance and culture. Having been involved with the dancer social committee the past two years, she is very excited for an opportunity to now become involved with, and learn from, the Shumka Board.
Katelyn is currently in her third year of General Sciences at the University of Alberta majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biological Sciences.
She has had the opportunity to hold various executive positions both through school and the Ukrainian community, including a position of president for her high school grad council andf positions with CYMK, including secretary, vice president, and president.
Since retiring from dancing many decades ago, Bill has been involved with Shumka as a Foundation member, a Board member, a donor, a volunteer, and a consistent and reliable supporter. Bill is an Honorary Lifetime Member of Shumka.
Gene Dub is best described as a city builder in the broadest sense. He has served as an Edmonton City Councillor, an architect, a public commentator on civic design, as a developer and a conserver of heritage buildings. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia in 1969 where he also did postgraduate work in 1971. In 1975 he founded Dub Architects Limited. Gene Dub’s best-known architectural design is Edmonton’s City Hall, completed in 1993, which has since become a recognizable symbol for Edmonton’s City Government and a focal point for Edmonton’s civic square. Gene Dub’s development company Five Oaks Inc has preserved over a dozen historic buildings in Edmonton and Saskatoon, often through adaptive reuse as a stimulus to urban revitalization. For this effort Gene Dub was the recipient of the 2014 Historical Recognition Award by the Edmonton Historical Board and two Heritage Canada awards. He was named one of the 100 Great Edmontonians of the City’s first century and inducted into the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame in 2011.
Michael started Ukrainian dance at the age of five, where he was enrolled at the Shumka School of Dance. After many years with the school, he decided to further his training by exploring ballet and contemporary forms at Dance Unlimited and Cecchetti Dance Theatre. He has been a member of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers since 2011, and has been an instructor with the school since 2009.
Outside the dance studio, Michael has had the unique opportunity to be involved in other aspects of the organization. This past summer, he was the manager for Shumka Summer Dance Camps, and was the recreation coordinator for these camps two years prior to this. Michael also sits on several Shumka committees, and has been involved in coordinating volunteers for the Shumka School winter and year end concerts.
Michael is currently working on his Pharmacy degree at the University of Alberta, and is hoping to own a pharmacy one day. He is excited for what his future of teaching dance holds, and is looking forward to inspiring the young dancers he teaches. In addition, Michael is looking to increase his role in the artistic side of Shumka.
Michael brings a fresh, young perspective to the Board of Directors, and brings his knowledge of the dance school, summer camp, and the company to the table.
A native of Ukraine, Andrij Hornjatkevyč studied the bandura with Volodymyr Yurkevych and Zinoviy Shtokalko in the USA. He later edited and published the latter’s A Kobzar Handbook (in both English and Ukrainian), and Kobza, a collection of his musical scores. Hornjatkevyč has taught and performed as a bandurist in Canada, USA, Germany and Ukraine. In 1972, Hornjatkevyč obtained a doctorate in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of California in Berkeley, and worked in those fields at the University of Alberta until his retirement as Associate Professor in 2003. Hornjatkevyč is a member of the National Composers’ Union of Ukraine and the All-Ukrainian Musical Union (as musicologist) and a Fellow of the Ukrainian Free Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Shevchenko Scientific Society (Canada). For the last year, Hornjatkevyč has been serving on the board of Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, recently as consulter on the Kobzar production.
Alynna’s dance career began when she was three years old at the Edmonton School of Ballet, where through the course of 15 years she trained in tap, jazz, hip hop, RAD and cecchetti ballet. Ukrainian dance was not far behind. It was at age four that she put on her first pair on red leather slippers. Prior to joining Shumka Alynna danced with Viter for four years. This is currently her fifth year dancing with Shumka. Her heart and passion lies with the company and she feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to become more involved through the board and standard committee.
When Alynna’s nose is not buried in a book you can find her coaching long jump at the track, in the yoga studio, baking away in the kitchen or simply appreciating the marvels of the universe. She is currently studying her first year of medicine at the University of Alberta.
B.E.D UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA 1980 (with distinction)
LLB. UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA 1983 (with distinction)
Admitted to the Bar in the Province of Alberta, 1984
1983-1984 Articled at Reynolds, Mirth & Cote
1984-1988 Associate at Reynolds, Mirth, Richards & Farmer (“RMRF”)
1988 – Present Partner at RMRF
1988-1992; 1997-1999 RMRF Management Committee
2006-2013 RMRF Managing Partner
2006 – Present Financial Team Leader
Practiced throughout career primarily for land developers, construction companies and financial institutions; Member of Edmonton Home Builders Association in the 1980’s; Taught Builder’s Lien Bar Admission Course; Taught Canadian Banker’s Institute Courses in Consumer and Corporate Banking Law; Past Board Member of The Family Centre; Past Board Member of Global Country Canada; Past Parish Council Member of Parish Council of Dormition of the Holy Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Parish; Past Board Member of Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir; Current Board Member of Scanmetrics Inc.
An Honorary Lifetime Member who will bring experience as an administrator for 23 years and teacher for 33 years, Terry has watched generations change in the way they interact and learn, but recognizes that everyone still needs to be valued and appreciated. She will help us develop an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect knowing they are key in any organization for ongoing success.
Zachary joined Shumka in 2006, making this his tenth year in the company. He auditioned with his sister, Larissa, and they were soon joined by their younger siblings Lida and Oleksa. Their experience in Shumka marked the first time all four siblings could perform and share the dance stage together.
Zachary graduated from the University of Alberta in 2012 with an MSc in particle physics, having previously received a BSc with specialization in astrophysics. Zachary currently works in Edmonton as a software developer for iATS Payments, a Vancouver-based online payment company. He is also a longtime member of the University of Alberta Powerlifting Association and has competed at local meets for the past three years.
Zachary also holds an ardent passion for Ukrainian culture which led him to volunteer as an observer for Ukraine’s early 2014 presidential elections following the country’s Maidan Revolution. He holds an ever-growing love for Ukrainian history, language, poetry, and of course, Ukrainian dance.
Dr. Roman Petryshyn holds a MA in clinical psychology and a PhD in sociology of race and ethnic relations. He was employed in the Ontario Citizenship Branch and after graduating, became a Research Associate at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta. There he researched and innovated projects (e.g. Hromada Housing Coop; Ukrainian Canadian Social Services) and wrote about community development and ethnic identity. Dr. Petryshyn was a long-time activist in the multicultural movement which resulted in his being employed as Northern Director, Cultural Heritage, Alberta Culture for several years. Roman Petryshyn was the founding director of the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre (URDC) at Grant MacEwan University where he held the Drs. Peter and Doris Kule Chair in Ukrainian Community and International Development until 2015. His research and publications focus on the integration of Ukrainian minorities in Britain and Canada. He wrote Changing Realities: Social Trends Among Ukrainian Canadians and has contributed articles to several published compilations.
During 1991 to 2015 he was actively engaged in structuring and delivering technical assistance projects in Ukraine and Russia through MacEwan University’s Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre (URDC). He was Project Manager for the “Agricultural Curriculum” and the “Agri-Business Learning Materials” projects (1991-95); coordinator of research for the study “Reform of the Novosibirsk Health Care System”; Manager of the “Yamalo-Nanetsk and Tyumen Organizational Readiness” project in 1996-97; and co-director of the “Canadian Business Management Project in Ukraine” (1997-2000) and the “Health Education Learning Project” in Russia (2000-04). During 2008 to 2013 he co-managed the project “Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities in Ukraine”. Currently he is active as an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta studying the Higher Education system in Ukraine, as part of the Research Initiative on Democratic Reforms in Ukraine (RIDRU) project.
This is Katrusia’s eighth year in Shumka, and she is very proud to be a member of such a spirited, hard-working group of talented individuals. She has experience in previous leadership roles within the company, including the Standards Committee, Vice-President, the Social Media Committee, and the Alumni Connection Representative. Katrusia also loves to share her enthusiasm and love for Ukrainian dance through teaching, and has instructed at both Veerneest and the Shumka School of Dance.
Outside of the world of Ukrainian dance, Katrusia has a Bachelor of Science, experience working in clinical research, and is currently studying her second year of medicine at the University of Alberta. While a strong interest in health has guided her academic future, Katrusia’s other passions include singing and acting, and she loves any opportunity to grow and hone her performance skill set. She also holds 12 years of competitive figure skating, and has enjoyed working with skaters on ice-performance.
Taras Z. Saranchuk
My name is Taras Saranchuk and I was born and raised in Edmonton. I’ve been involved in the Edmonton Ukrainian community over the years, starting with my early education in the Ukrainian bilingual programs at Delwood and Balwin, and Ukrainian dance at various Edmonton and area schools. I then moved on to Ross Sheppard to take part in the International Baccalaureate program, while also joining the Shumka School of Dance at its inception, before successfully joining the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers in 1992. I continued my education at the University of Alberta, where I graduated with three separate degrees, B.Sc., B.A., and a B.Comm. During this time I also took part in the Absolutely Shumka tours of 1995, 1996, and 1997, as well as the first half of the 2000 Cinderella tour. I retired from active dancing after the 2001 World Track and Field Championship performances. While with Shumka, I served on both the Executive Committee and the Foundation, in various roles.
My career path has led me into the field of Business Analysis, and my recent focus has been on process development. My analytical perspective lends itself well to the concept of continual service improvement, the idea that most systems can be improved to provide better results to clients/end-users, while making it more efficient for those providing the service. However, I temper that with the knowledge that without proper buy-in from people and organizations, change for the sake of incremental improvement is not always what is needed. I have worked as an individual contributor, and as the manager of a team of approximately 40 spread across half of Alberta.
Diana is standing for her second term on the Board. As a member of the School Committee she has been a key voice for effective management and instructor evaluation. Diana has worked at the Citadel Theatre for almost 20 years and has run the Foote Theatre School for half that time. During her tenure the school has grown in size: instructors, attendees, and productions, while the quality of instruction has remained high.