Yan Sheykhet, President
Yan Sheykhet, born in small town Korosten, Ukraine, is the proud father of Alina and Artem and president of Alina’s Light. After finishing high school at the young age of sixteen, he was accepted to the Military Academy of Sant-Petersburg, where he earned his master’s degree in engineering. After finishing his degree, he was soon transferred to Ivanovo where he met his wife, Elly. Yan proudly served in the Russian army for fifteen years and left the army as a Major. Upon joining his family in the United States in 2000, he obtained a position as an engineer at Allegheny Minerals Corporation.
In his free time, Yan enjoys spending time with his granddaughter, Angelina, and biking with Elly. He is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan – go Pens! Motivated by his strong family morals and love for his children, Yan continues to serve his family and the community. He proudly carries Alina’s legacy and is confident that she can change the world.
Elly Sheykhet, VIce President
Elly Sheykhet was born in Ivanovo, Russia, and spent her childhood alongside her parents and two brothers. After finding love and marrying her husband, Yan, they moved to the United States in 2000 with their two beautiful children, Artem and Alina. The Sheykhets joined Yan’s family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, upon their arrival to the states. Elly officially evaluated her Russian Master’s degree in economics in 2003 and then obtained her Associate’s degree in accounting at Pittsburgh’s ICM School of Business. She is currently employed at Henderson Brothers, an insurance agency in downtown Pittsburgh, and serves as their accountant and cash manager.
Elly cherishes the time she spends with family and is a proud grandmother to Artem’s daughter, Angelina. Elly serves as vice president of Alina’s Light along with her husband, Yan, the president of our organization. Alina’s Light is very dear to the Sheykhets and is often referred to by Elly as “her child.” Elly is a published author and serves as a Certified Grief Coach; she has dedicated her life to honoring her daughter by helping others. She hopes to brighten the world in Alina’s memory.
Kristin Sciulli, Secretary
Kristin Sciulli, born and raised in North Braddock, PA, is the proud secretary of Alina’s Light. After she graduated from St. Thomas High School, she went on to receive her Associates Degree in Business Management from CCAC. Kris is currently employed at Bayer Healthcare as an Import Coordinator.
She loves to spend time with her husband, Eugene, and their two children. Some of her hobbies include traveling and scrapbooking. Her kind heart has led her to serving at several organizations, including as president of PTA. Her creative eye and dedication to Alina’s Light never go unnoticed. Kris is the type of woman to stay up all night making treat bags for women’s shelter residents, and, for that, we are forever grateful.
Eugene Sciulli, Board Member
Eugene Sciulli, proud Pittsburgh native and longtime friend of the Sheykhets, proudly serves on Alina’s Light’s board along with his wife, Kristin. He has extensive business experience and has served as Director on the boards of other organizations.
When he isn’t busy planning events and spreading awareness, Eugene loves to spend time with Kris and their two children, Tyler and Natalie. He is family-oriented and values his time spent with nieces and nephews, as well. Eugene also loves cheering on his hometown sports teams and is a fan of Liverpool Soccer. He had the honor of watching Alina grow from a talented little girl into a beautiful young woman. His business knowledge and big heart serve as an asset to our organization.
Jill Smith, Board Member
Jill Smith is a proud wife, mother to three beautiful daughters, and board member of Alina’s Light. In addition to her commitment to our organization, Jill also recently served as VP of Montour Dance Team and has been on the board for all her girls’ musical and dance productions. She has used her position to involve the team in many of our Alina’s Light fundraisers.
With all her daughters involved in dance and musical theatre, she cherishes one of our core missions in supporting the arts that Alina loved so much. Jill looks forward to helping others and spreading love, just as Alina spent her life doing. We are so grateful for her passion and excitement.
Sasha Phillips, Alina’s Dolls Project Curator
Sasha Phillips is a lawyer, an artist, and a mother of four. Native of Moscow, Russia, who was initially trained in classic arts. While in art school, she led several initiatives which provided art therapy and creative engagement for local community. Sasha participated in various national and international juried art shows and taught numerous art and wellness classes.
After becoming a lawyer, Sasha took her commitment to women’s issues into the legal realm while continuing to promote art wellness to cope with the stress of fast-paced high pressure profession and to teach these skills to others. She is serving Alina’s Light by curating Alina’s Dolls project designed as a memorial to victims of domestic violence and a healing platform for their families.
Becca Kubiczki, Social Media Coordinator
Becca Kubiczki, Pittsburgh native, serves on the board as our Social Media Coordinator. She is a Pitt graduate and is currently employed at KDKA-TV. Becca has extensive writing experience and handles all of our written materials.
When she isn’t advocating for a world without domestic violence, she enjoys working out and spending time with her friends. She loves animals and coming up with creative ways to support our mission and spread awareness. Becca was lucky enough to spend her first few college years as Alina’s roommate, and wouldn’t trade the time she got to spend with her for anything.