Program Leaders

Dr. Kristen Ali Eglinton
Girl-talk-Girl Program Director

Kristen is the Program Director of Girl-talk-Girl and the Executive Director of Footage Foundation. On Girl-talk-Girl, Kristen is responsible for leading the team, developing the human-centered design and digital storytelling workshops...

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Dr. Antonina Tereschenko 
Girl-talk-Girl Program Manager  

Antonina is the Girl-talk-Girl Program Manager and works alongside Kristen, the Program Director on various aspects of the US-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program such as preparing workshops, the development of the toolkit, and building links and...

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From 2014-15, Elvira Arif of Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg served as the Russia Program Coordinator.

Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg is a globally oriented university and Russia's market leader in teaching and research in the fields of economics, social science, and humanities. 

Elvira Arif belongs to the Center for Youth Studies and is a lecturer in sociology at Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg. Her interests include youth culture, issues of drug use and the body, gender studies, and discourse analysis. She also organizes photo exhibitions and contexts.


From 2015-16, Svetlana Zakharova of the Russian LGBT Network served as the Russia Program Coordinator.

Russian LGBT Network is an interregional, non-governmental organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. It unites and develops regional initiatives, advocacy groups, and provides social and legal services.

Svetlana Zakharova is a feminist, LGBT activist, and Communications Manager of the Russian LGBT Network, the only interregional LGBT organization in Russia. Svetlana Zakharova holds her first MA from St. Petersburg State University (School of International Relations) and her second MA from Central European University (Gender Studies Department).

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In 2017, Kateryna Siryk of Artil Maidan is serving as a program partner in Ukraine.

Artil Maidan develops and implements artistic projects, specifically related to culture and arts education.

Kateryna Siryk is a director of Artil Maidan. A psychologist and speech therapist by training, as well as a certified arts therapist, Kateryna has most recently worked with the internally displaced population in Ukraine and co-organized a number of art exhibitions in Kyiv. 


In 2017, Oksana Potapova of Theatre for Dialogue is serving as a program partner in Ukraine.

Theatre for Dialogue uses theatre to discuss oppression with activists, members of discriminated groups, and people aiming at social innovation. Together, they find individual strategies and systemic solutions for issues that hurt. 

Oksana Potapova is a trainer, facilitator, and advisor on civil society and strengthening programs for various international organizations (British Council; Pact, Inc). She holds a certificate in applied psychology from National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and graduated from the program, Intercultural Navigators, conducted by the British Council in Ukraine. She is a graduate of the training programs at Moscow Institute of Gestalt Therapy and Arts and Obraz theatre school. A participant of multiple trainings for trainers by international practitioners of the Theatre of the Oppressed, she is now a practitioner herself, i.e., a Joker.

Read about the rest of the Footage Foundation team here.