Rositsa holds a degree in English Philology from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She has worked in the field of children’s rights since 1999. She has gained experience working in international non-governmental organizations – “For Our Children” Foundation and LUMOS, municipal structures – Complex for Social Services for Children and Families in Plovdiv, government administration – Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria. She holds Master’s degrees in “Management of Social Work for Children and Youth” and “Management and Development of Human Resources” from New Bulgarian University. She has managed teams, organizations, and community-based social services, participated in the creation of strategic documents defining the national policies for children and families. Her professional interests and accomplishments are related to the building and management of teams, managing community-based services replacing the institutional care for children, and creating working partnerships at the local and the national level.
She is part of the Bulgarian Human Resources Management and Development Association and Coalition “Childhood 2025” as an expert. Trainer in Management of Community-based Services for Children and Families.
Diana has years of experience in the field of children’s welfare including Early Childhood Development. She has worked as an Early Childhood Development Manager in Lumos Bulgaria supporting national and local authorities in the process of de-institutionalization of child care. As a project consultant to the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and NGOs she has gained skills for developing community-based social service models in support of at-risk children and their families. Diana has experience developing training programs and supervisions of professionals working in the social services. Her professional interests are in the field of resilience-based approaches toward working with families. She holds a degree in Psychology from Sofia University.
Milena Marinova holds a Bachelor’s Degree in School Psychology and an Master’s Degree in Social Psychology from the University of Veliko Tarnovo. She is a member of the Bulgarian Psychological Society. She has worked in the child protection field with at-risk groups and families since 2003. Her professional interests are in the field of psychological trauma and its effects on the quality of life, relationships and realization. Milena joined WWO Bulgaria’s team in 2017.
„My daily encounters with the children open a field of exploration, learning and development for me. Playing with the children gives me a new perspective because they understand and explore the world around them in a unique way. While I was playing with a child once and we were taking turns I said that I don’t have a certain color. The child looked around and gave me one of her own pieces saying to me ‘Now you have one’. Every day at work I am convinced in the importance of play for child development. I am happy to be part of WWO Bulgaria’s team and to contribute to the advancement of the professional community in the field of early childhood development.“
Chief Program Officer
Melissa brings over twelve years of international experience to her work supporting global programming for WWO. Lessons learned as a former Peace Corps volunteer in a small village in West Africa (’02-’04), provide the foundation for her commitment to community-based participatory development. From West Africa, Melissa spent two years in Mozambique supporting Child Development programming with Food for the Hungry, and has most recently spent the last four years living and working in Haiti. Building local teams and assuring they are equipped to identify and respond to child protection/child development issues in their communities is the hallmark of Melissa’s approach as she continues to ‘work herself out of a job’ in every country she has served. Melissa speaks five languages, has an Undergraduate degree in History and Religious Studies, a Master’s in Business Administration, and is currently pursuing a PhD in International Psychology.
Ticiana Maloney comes to WWO from the United Nations, where she has worked over the last 10 years in program management and communications, both in the US and overseas. Her experience includes supporting the local integration of refugees with UNHCR in Brazil, promoting the rights of marginalized and vulnerable children with UNICEF, and mainstreaming the human-rights based approach in UNFPA’s gender, health, population and development programs. Ticiana speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish and some French. She has a background in international law and human rights and an M.S. in Political Science from the University of Sao Paulo. She currently lives in South Orange, NJ, with her husband and two young daughters.