Who We Are

The Russian American Cultural Heritage Center is a charitable and educational 501 C 3 not-for-profit organization, dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating the best traditions, the history, the culture, and the heritage of Russian Americans, and to sharing them with their friends and neighbors.

RACH-C recognizes that the ultimate recipients of its efforts are children for whom this preserved heritage will enrich the present and inform the future.

RACH-C utilizes varied means to accomplish its Mission: Performing, Literary and Visual Arts; Salons, Seminars, and Forums; Workshops; Publications; “Children’s Festivals,” Post Adoption and related services and events.

 Officers and Directors

Untitled-2Olga Sergeevna Zatsepina, Ph.D, President/CEO & Co-founder:  University Associate Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University, College of Foreign Languages. Member, Board of Directors of International Council of Russian Compatriots. Main representative of MSRS to the DPI at the UN

Julio Rodriguez, MAJulio Rodriguez, MA, Secretary / Treasurer & Co-founder:  President, The Puerto Rican Heritage Foundation, Adjunct  Professor, Lehman College, CUNY.


Donald L. Marx, MSDonald L. Marx, MS. Chair: President, The Marx Group, JF Kennedy Center Circle  Member, Washington DC., Colonel, US Air Force – Retired; President, Rotary Club- Washington DC.


Alexander Borisovich Ruchkin, Ph.D,Alexander Borisovich Ruchkin, Ph.D,Member:  Director, Russian Language & Area Studies Center of Education, Moscow


Honorary Board of Directors

Vladimir Kirilovich Galitzin, Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Igor Igorevich Sikorsky, Esq.
Nikolai Igorevich Sikorsky, Musician
Georgiy Alexandrovich Cheremeteff, Business
Nikolai Vladimirovich Sluchevsky, President of Stolipin Foundation

Board of Advisers

Evgenia Andreeva; Head of Dept. of “Traditional Culture,” Institute of Cultural Heritage, Russia
Galina Babkin; President, Sister Cities Association of Westport CT/ St. Petersburg, CT
Anne Copple, Ph.D; President CAMASU (Claremont Association Concerned with the Commonwealth of Independent States), Southern California
Olga Filurskaya; Business, NYC
Natalia Kasiyanova; Russian School of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN, NYC
Alexey Osipov; Komsomolskaya Pravda, US Correspondent
Tamara Pozdnyakova; Cultural & Educational Affairs officer, American Russian Aid Association (OTRADA)

 RACH-C Friends and Supporters

Russian-Americans, non-Russian Americans, and others who express an interest in the Russian-American experience and support the goals of RACH-C in some way are the foundation of our organization.

We deeply appreciate the support of volunteers who provide skills, resources, and money to advance our projects.

We expect that our efforts will continue to be enhanced and multiplied by these incredible, generous volunteers who have become interested and committed to the work of the organization.


Inna Leytush, Music Director
Nery Lora, Administrative Assistant
Julio Rodriguez, Director of Development
Irina Zagornova, Director of Folklorica
Olga Zatsepina, PhD, Executive Director