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Board of Directors

Dorothy Malachowski -President

Mrs. Malachowski is an owner and the Finance Executive Officer of Midway Grinding Inc. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Gift from the Heart Foundation since 1990.

Grazyna Maneykowski – Secretary

Archer Gold Jewelry, Mrs. Maneykowski has been active with the Foundation from the beginning.

Waldemar Czerpak

Waldemar Czerpak – Treasurer

Mr. Czerpak is the owner of the W4S Construction Inc. As a GC he played an instrumental role in the construction of the Gift from

 EwaBetkaEva Betka – Honorary Director

Polish American activist and retired Commissioner, Illinois Human Rights Commission Member

Marek JezuitMarek Jezuit – Honorary Director

Mr. Jezuit played an instrumental role in the construction of the Foundation’s Children Center in Schiller Park and is involved in all Foundation’s projects as an executive volunteer since 1999

Marzena Jonak – Director

Entrepreneur, Co-founder of the Revolutionary Relief – Natural Pain Relief Products

 Jessie Krzywon – Honorary Director

President and owner of CNR Group Inc. that operates in states of New Jersey and New York; Great supporter and friend of GFHF since 2000.

Ewa LechowiczEwa Lechowicz – Director

Mrs. Lechowicz has been involved in Foundation life from the very beginning; she is the Board member since 1990

Anna Piotrowska– Director

Mrs. Piotrowska manages GFHF’s office since 1996

Izabela Rybak – Director

In 1987 Ms. Rybak started a charitable work that in 1988 became the Gift from the Heart / Dar Serca Foundation; original founder of Dar Serca.

Rysia Skirucha– Director

Mrs. Skirucha has been a dedicated volunteer and supporter of the Foundation for many years. She is actively involved in many Foundation’s events and fundraising actions.

Bogna Iwanowska-SolakBogna Iwanowska – Solak – Director

Mrs. Iwanowska-Solak is the owner of Oak Mill Bakery, a wholesale and retail bakery established in 1986.

 Ewa Turowski – Director

Ms. Turowski for the last 20 years is actively supporting GFHF fundraising events with tireless persistence and generous heart

Piotr Wyszkowski – Director

Businessman and activist; V-ce President of Pacba (Polish American Contractors and Builders Assoc.)

Sylwia Wolczynska – Director

Businesswoman, Co-owner of Darpet Inc.


Junior Board

In 2010, significant management changes occurred at the Gift from the Heart Foundation, allowing the formation of an official Junior Board which supports fundraising and volunteer efforts of the foundation. We are now ready to take our organization to the next level and would be honored if you would chose to be a part of it. We are looking for people wanting to give back in a meaningful way, gain valuable experience, meet other kind hearted souls, and help the growing number of children that stay under Gift from the Heart Foundation’s care during their medical procedures in the US. Our biggest need right now is volunteers to develop and lead fundraising events as well as promote our mission. This is crucial to the continued success of the Gift from the Heart Foundation that has helped hundreds of children over the years. Please consider joining us in our fight to help children, one child at a time. If you’re already overly busy, you can still help by committing to just one event in whatever capacity you can.

Please contact Diana Lebiecki at with your contact information and she will contact you at her earliest convenience.

Diana Lebiecki – Vice President

Diana has volunteered with Dar Serca 17 years ago when she was a small child. Her mother was an active volunteer and Diana remembers stuffing envelopes for Dar Serca and attending the various fundraising events. As a child she even befriended one of the Dar Serca children and they still keep in touch. Diana loves planning and attending charity events and spreading the word about Dar Serca! She is a Economics and Psychology graduate of Northwestern University and currently works at Accenture in their Portfolio Strategy finance group.


Andrzej Wolosewicz – Treasurer

Mr. Wolosewicz is responsible for the financial records of the Dar Serca Junior Board activities. He brings 10+ years of Program Management experience at a Fortune 100 company.


Paulina Kijek – Secretary

Ms. Kijek is a recent graduate of DePaul University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has been a volunteer for Dar Serca since 2012. She is excited about being able to play a more thorough role in helping the children of Dar Serca in the future.



Executive Committee

Kinga LitwiniukKinga Litwiniuk

Ms. Litwiniuk received her Bachelor’s Degree in Italian and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and works as a business strategy consulting analyst in global markets. She also has extensive experience in project management and sales and marketing.


Agnieszka Schwietert – works as a financial and accounting consultant at Warbird Consulting Partners. Her industry focus is banking, but she has also worked with various not-for-profits to improve operational and financial performance. She served on the boards of Young Professionals of Chicago and CARPLS and continues to be involved as a mentor through DePaul’s Alumni Association.


Barbara Limanowka

Barbara Sifter

Mrs. Sifter has the social media responsibility on the Jr. Board; she brings 10+ years of experience in Financial Management in the private and public sector of the transportation industry. Mrs. Sifter also serves as an ambassador at her current workplace. She likes the outdoors, was a 2009 Marathon runner and practices daily yoga. She enjoys volunteering with a passion to help children.


Beata Tuffli

Beata Tuffli obtained her Medical Doctor degree from Medical University of Warsaw in Poland. She is pursuing her M.D. license in the USA. Beata joined Gift from the Heart Foundation Junior Board in 2012 and at this time is responsible for the Junior Board “Home Visits” project to provide help and comfort for out patients and their families during their stay at the Dar Serca Home. She brings her experience in healthcare and passion helping others.


Joanna Zelaya

Joanna Zelaya

Mrs. Zelaya is responsible for the development and strategic vision of the Junior Board and is the main liaison to the Senior Board. She is the CEO of Chicago Precision, Inc., a manufacture to print machine shop in the Chicagoland area. Her love for volunteering started in 2000, when she served as a US Peace Corps Small Business Enterprise Development Volunteer in Cameroon, Africa.