Petronia Popa, Executive Director
Petra has a degree in “Psycho-pedagogy”, which is a European discipline blending psychology, education and social work. She worked for 12 years as a counselor and teacher at the local girls’ orphanage before joining Veritas in 2003 as initial director of the domestic violence program, funded for the first year by USAID. She completed the first graduate program offered in Romania leading to a qualification for working with families in difficulty. In the spring of 2006 Petra took over the role of Coordinator of Social Services, and gave leadership to the process of obtaining accreditation by the state as a child welfare agency. In 2010 Petra was named the Executive Director of Veritas. Under her leadership, Veritas has benefitted from continuously expanding support from the local community.
Oana Mehedin, Administrative Assistant to the Director
Oana initially worked for five years as the Coordinator of the Kids’ Club. Her experience as a chemistry teacher and her love for children made her very effective as a children’s worker. She then became Administrative Assistant at the House on the Rock, providing support to the staff involved in educational programming and to the students in the Romanian Studies Program. In 2009 she assumed the role of Administrative Assistant to the Director and was able to help in the transition to Romanian leadership when Petra became Executive Director the following year. Oana welcomes everyone who walks in the front door of the Family Center. She helps Petra with administrative and bureaucratic matters, and serves the rest of the staff in many practical ways.
Eugenia Das, Assistant Public Relations and Communication, Fundraising, Assistant in Kids Club
Eugenia Das (Jeni) recently joined the Veritas staff as a public relations and communications assistant with fundraising responsibilities. She also assists in the Kids' Club program. Jeni was born and raised in Sighisoara. Because of her love for people and her wish to fight against any form of discrimination, she chose to study law at the Simion Bărnuțiu Law Faculty, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu and was accepted to a Master's program in European Law at the same university. During her studies, Jeni met her husband online, got married in Bangladesh and then moved to Saudi Arabia, where their two sons were born. After 12 years in Saudi Arabia, they returned to Romania. Jeni worked in public relations at Comazo, Sighisoara. She wanted to work for the Veritas Foundation because it has been a dream since she was a child to be of service to people. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, listening to music and hiking in nature.
Monica Stefanescu, Psychologist
Monica has a degree in psychology from Babes Bolyai University in Cluj, and worked as a school psychologist for 20 years. After the ’89 Revolution Monica developed a private practice as a psychotherapist and specialized in offering support to abused women. She is a member of the National Association of Psychotherapists. Monica has had training in group therapy and psychodrama, including Biblio-drama. Monica's current work with Veritas includes two hours daily in private counseling with clients from the Veritas social programs. She regularly gives wise counsel and support to the Veritas staff.
Andrea Domahidi, Social Pedagogue
Andrea Domahidi started her activity as coordinator of the Kid's Club in April 2022. She is born in Sighisoara and studied at the Faculty of Letters and Arts in Sibiu, Romanian-French section. Before coming to Veritas, she was employed at Metro- Ministries Foundation working both in summer and winter programs. In March she joined Veritas Foundation as a volunteer and soon became part of our team. She loves working with children and easily connects with any child. Andrea is feeling "at home" at Veritas Foundation because of the kids, the friendly colleagues and the particularly welcoming environment. In her spare time she enjoys photography, travelling and listening to music.
Felicia Hantau – Program for Elderly, Social Assistant
Felicia began work at Veritas in April, 2019 as leader of two elderly clubs. Each group meets twice a week in the morning. In the afternoon, Felicia assists Roxana with the Special Needs club. Before coming to Veritas Felicia worked in a clothing factory, in quality control. She is enjoying her work with the elderly very much and took the job because she wanted to help people. When she’s not at work Felicia enjoys reading and baking and enjoys being with her friends. She is married and has two adult children.
Roxana Micu - Program for Adults with Disabilities, Social Worker
Roxana began work at Veritas in September, 2020. She studied social work and received her master’s degree at the Universitatea Transilvania in Brasov. Before coming to Veritas, Roxana worked in a center for elderly in Brasov. In her free time she likes to read and visit new places. She wanted to work at Veritas because she wanted to work with other categories of people for a different experience. Roxana is the social services coordinator and works as manager of the program for adults with disabilities.
Petruța Gabor, Teen Club, Educator
Petruța Gabor joined the staff in October, 2021. Petruta is a kindergarten teacher at the Miron Neagu Secondary School in Sighisoara in the mornings and works at Veritas in the afternoons. Petruta worked at the Perspective Danes Association as a social pedagogue in 2019, then at Apold Secondary School as an educator (2020-2021. She graduated from the Mihai Eminescu National Pedagogical College in Tirgu Mures with an educator-teacher profile and is currently in the third year of study at Babes Bolyai University for a degree in preschool education. Petruta describes herself as optimistic and creative.
Gheorghe (Ghiţa) Golea, Buildings Administrator
Ghiţa came to work at Veritas after many years of practical training and experience in various aspects of building maintenance. He is responsible for overseeing maintenance and improvements of both Veritas properties. He grew up on a farm, and is at heart still a farmer. Under his care the land around the Family Center has flourished, with flower gardens vegetable plots and a greenhouse. Ghiţa maintains the Veritas vehicles, and is a caring and cheerful chauffeur who brings special needs clients to their programs, or takes others to medical appointments.
Etelco (Eta) Duruthia, Head Cook
Eta has been cooking for Veritas since 1997, during which she has seen the number of people served – children, staff, students, volunteers – grow from about 40 to 150 daily. She now has two assistants who help her prepare breakfast for the preschool children, lunch for the main crowd, and sandwiches for anyone who comes to the door off-schedule asking for something to eat.
ProVeritas – House on the Rock Cafe
Manager, Adela Hermann