People in VIA
Amb. Adrian Basora, Philadelphia
Clare Brooks, London
Milton Cerny, Washington, DC
Peter Hero, San Jose
Amb. William Luers, New York
Wendy Luers, New York
Jaroslava Moserova, Prague
Danica Siváková, Chairman of the Board, JT International
Marina Votrubová, UniCredit Bank
Václav Šrámek, Tax Advisor
Ladislav Hlavatý, Charles University
David Fojtík, InnoCrystal
Marek Šálek, Reporter magazine
Michal Valenčík, Česká spořitelna, a.s.
Eva Barabasová, Adviser and Mentor
As Via's Executive Director, Jiří is responsible mainly for working with
the Board of Directors, Via's financial planning and oversight, communication
with major donors, and strategic program planning. Before joining Via
in 1997, Jiří had worked as a freelance consultant for NGOs and Czech
municipalities. Prior to that, he also worked as a Project Manager and
Management Consultant with a Prague-based consulting firm CS-Project,
Jiří received his Masters degree at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is a member of several global networks that promote development of community philanthropy. For the past 21 years, Jiri enjoys playing fastpitch softball. Nothing can be better than to hitting a line drive double after a long and stressful work day.
Alexandra has been with Via since its founding in 1997. Originally hired as a financial assistant, she now is the Via Foundation's Financial Director. She was born and raised in Northern Moravia and has participated in numerous training programs focused on NGO financial management.
Alexandra´s hobbies are culture, especially music, sports and traveling.
Markéta has worked at Via Foundation since 2010.She is responsible for overseeing the Program Department. Her loves to develop and search for new ways to further democracy in the Czech Republic. She believes in the words of T. G. Masaryk, the founding father and first President of the Czechoslovak Republic, that democracy requires small political acts in one’s own community. She also likes to play: on the cello and with her cat.
Director of Fundraising and Philantropy Department
Since July 2014 Michaela has been responsible for leading the fundraising team and ensuring support for implementation and development of all of Via’s fantastic programs.The team works with donors, enabling them to take part in financial and non-financial support of community development, NGO development and philanthropydevelopment. Along with fundraising, Michaela leads the philanthropy development team, which helps traditions of giving and charity take root in the Czech Republic.
Michaela studied Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University and she lived and worked for some time in India. Prior to joining Via, Michaela was in charge of communications and fundraising in an international humanitarian organization. She loves books, hiking (mostly in the mountains) and India.
Media communications and PR
Contact Zdeněk if you work in the media and want to know more about what Via Foundation does and supports. Since its founding, VIA has supported hundreds of projects, each with a fascinating story waiting to be discovered. Write to Zdeněk and he’ll share these stories with you.
Zdeněk has worked in the media for more than ten years. He loves upbeat stories and he is interested in everything Via does, from how cities work to new technologies to what’s happening in Asia and how our world is changing.
She is responsible for the planning and implementation of the development program, working with individual donors and foundations since 2011.
Donor Care Specialist
Kristýna is primarily responsible for realisation of planned fundraising activities and communication with
Jarmila is project manager who is working on the VIA BONA Award and The Art of giving magazine.
Petra is the Philantropy department Coordinator and she is in charge of The Art of Giving magazine.
Ondřej works as a Project Manager. He is responsible mainly for programmes concerning public space improvement.
Alžběta Göhmann has worked as a program manager at Via Foundation since 2006. She is responsible for the international program ViabilityNet and for several donor-advised funds. She is interested in civil society development and personal and organizational development of civil society actors. She always appreciates an international exchange.
Petra has worked on the ViabilityNet program since November 2015.
Kristýna is responsible for the training platform for NGOs called Viadukt as well as the program A Different Take on Place – Fast Grants that supports people who have decided to protect public interests in their communitites.
Veronika is responsible primarily for programs concerning public space improvement and communitydevelopment.
Renata has workedat Via Foundation since March 2014. She works on programs focused on local community development and social entrepreneurship.
Program team Coordinator
Office Manager Assistant
Donor Care Specialist
Helen Lenda - Community Development and FundraisingTáňa Hlavatá Vít Vohnický
Alena Benešová Štíbrová