Loretta Neff, Founder and Executive Director Loretta has specialized in character and etiquette education since 1994 with clients ranging from children to Fortune 500 companies. Loretta received a BA degree with honors and had her sights on the legal profession. But after being accepted to law school at Michigan State University, she never attended, having found her real passion to be philanthropy through teaching business and social etiquette. Committed to the advancement of numerous charities, societies, and educational foundations, she has taken her philanthropy to another level with the formation of the EW Foundation® (EWF), an educational nonprofit providing award winning character and etiquette educational resources for children and young adults, and fundraising enhancements to charities, missions, and schools. Inspired by her love of humanity and desire to share resources with children who need them most, Loretta is also an award winning children’s book author. Through her books and charitable efforts, she hopes to engage young minds and instill the values that can shape and transform their lives in a meaningful and measurable way.
Elissa Kurland, Treasurer Elissa Kurland is a certified public accountant with over twenty years of legal and tax expertise. Elissa has served as treasurer of the EW Foundation since its inception. She received her masters of laws; taxation from University of Miami and law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Elissa specializes in all areas of corporate and individual taxation, including partnership, trust and individual federal and state income tax returns, tax research and estate planning, and preparation and review of Audits and Reviews.
Lena Yarina, Secretary Lena Yarina is Doctor of Pharmacy with over twenty years of pharmaceutical industry experience in areas of hospital, pharmaceutical research and retail. Lena has served as secretary of the EW Foundation since its inception. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Florida. She is blessed to raise two children and is very involved in volunteering at their school and active in the affiliated church. She has volunteered at local hospitals and has participated in local charitable fundraising efforts.
Cristina Ciolacu, Director of Strategic Initiatives Cristina, a former Associate Portfolio Manager at BMO Harris Private Bank, brings over 12 years of financial services and client relationship experience to EW Foundation. Volunteering her time and talent, Cristina will lead efforts to expand EWF’s impact through a number of new growth strategies. Cristina received both a Bachelor of Business Administration and EMBA from Florida Atlantic University, followed by further educational courses and certifications from Dale Carnegie Training Institute and Cannon Financial Institute. Her career began in 2003 as Supervisor/Customer Service Representative at Bank Atlantic, advancing to Portfolio Management Assistant for U.S. Trust in 2007, Business Manager for FISCO Investments Management in 2008, to her latest position as Associate Portfolio Manager at BMO Harris Private Bank. Cristina is well versed in analysis and development of investment policy statements and asset allocation models for clients as well as trade execution and investment portfolio management. Her expertise also includes alternative asset management for fixed income hedge funds, fund strategy, fee structure and performance, and marketing efforts.