We are three Ukrainian-Americans with strong ties to our home country, especially the city of Kharkiv where we still have close family and friends. Two of us met back in Kharkiv, got married, and moved to the US. Here we met our third musketeer, Olga, while looking for help in the Chicago Ukrainian community on Facebook. That was in 2018. By then all of us were involved with different Ukrainian organizations supporting Ukraine’s fight against russia after the annexation of Crimea in 2014. When the full scale war started on February 24th of 2022, we, too, tried to scale up and ended up joining our efforts. That’s how the Mirror Stream was born to become a reliable, responsible, and transparent resource for those who want to support Ukraine in an effective targeted manner. The name, Mirror Stream, is borrowed from one of the landmarks of the city of Kharkiv. It’s a fountain at the heart of the city. It’s a place of rest and serenity, something all Kharkovites are looking forward to after the victory.
Mariya Petukhovais a data scientist. She also came to the U.S. 22 years ago with her husband. She worked at companies like DRIVIN, Vivid Seats, and ShopRunner. The first week after the full scale invasion Mariya was collecting humanitarian aid. Then she came across J5 Rescue Supply and with their help and the chain of volunteers in Ukraine and Poland was able to start supplying tactical medicine directly to Kharkiv. She paid for the first order $8000+ out of pocket. She wasn’t sure the supplies would even make it to Kharkiv. They did. She personally made two trips to Poland and one to Ukraine to deliver supplies. On the last trip she visited Kharkiv and brought her grandmother to the U.S. to safety. Her mom and brother remain in Kharkiv.
Sergiy KyrychenkoSergiy Kyrychenko is a Ukrainian-American entrepreneur with a background in Mathematics. He moved to the USA in 1998 and worked as a researcher at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety before starting his own high-tech business in 2018. His company specializes in making data-driven comparisons of products and services, with most of its employees based in Ukraine. In Summer of 2022, Sergiy joined Mariya and Gleb at Mirrorstream Foundation. His company played a role in creating the Mirrorstream website, and he is proud to contribute to the organization’s mission. He believes that his company’s innovative approach combined with the hard work and prowess of Ukrainian professionals will make a difference in people’s lives.
Gleb Sirotkinis a professor of mathematics at Northern Illinois University. His parents remain in Kharkiv. Besides helping with shipments and fairs, he lands his hand in making jewelry that we sell to raise funds. He traveled to Poland to visit his family and deliver a couple of bags of supplies for Ukraine. He also took part in a conference organized by the scientists of Kharkiv State University that was partially ruined by shelling and the proceeds from registration fees were going to the restoration fund. He has also signed up to teach math online with several universities in Ukraine.