I spent most of my professional life in the field of international development, having started as a program officer and later finding myself in accounting, finance, and administration. I am originally from Russia and first came to the U.S. on a student exchange program. We are a Foreign Service family and I have accompanied my husband on his tours to Moscow, Beijing and Taipei. I am an adoring mother of two high-schoolers. I love to cook, play piano, sing, read, and enjoy “the great outdoors” whenever I have a chance.