U.S. TEAM

 Stefania Magison

Stefania Magidson – President

Stefania Magidson is the founder and president of Blue Heron Foundation, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the Romanian diaspora. Romanian-born, she has lived in the United States since 1983.

Stefania received a degree in Public Health from University of Utah and a Master’s in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Her work in the early ‘90’s focused on designing and implementing cardiovascular health programs for the Utah State Health Department at the Center for Disease Control.

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Stefania is a global citizen, fluent in Romanian and Spanish, who is dedicated to empowering her fellow human beings through strategic charitable giving and support of education and the arts. To date, she has dedicated her time and resources to the UCLA Graduate School of Education, the Oakwood School (LA), the Everychild Foundation, the South East European Film Festival, The Wende Museum and the Making Waves Romanian Film Festival (NY).

She is the co-producer of the film Omega Rose, and author of the upcoming book “Searching for the White Magician,” a series of dialogues where she explores themes ranging from immigration and philanthropy to spiritual psychology and self-realization.

Stefania lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two teenage sons.

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Mihaela Constantinescu

Mihaela Constantinescu – Director, Mentorship Program

Born in Romania, Mihaela was licensed as an architect at the Ion Mincu Institute in Bucharest. She participated in many building projects, mostly centered around the reconstruction of her native city, Ploiesti, after the 1978 earthquake.

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In 1985, Mihaela moved to the United States and received her license in the field of aesthetics in 1986, a Bachelor in Business Management in 1995, and a Masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, Los Angeles in 1998.
After completing Dr. Jean Houston’s Summer Leadership program in Social Artistry, Mihaela was inspired to bring a meaningful contribution to young men and women in Romania.Mihaela joined the Blue Heron Foundation team in 2008 and has since worked as director of the Mentorship Program. Her responsibilities include monitoring mentors and mentees who are part of the Blue Heron Scholarship Program as well as providing on-going support and training to those involved in the program. Her service work for Blue Heron Foundation is also supported by her two years of training as a Personal and Executive Coach.Along with her continued work as a Conscious Beauty Consultant, Mihaela participates in the “Freedom to Choose” project at The Valley State Women’s Prison in Chowchilla, California. She divides her time between Sedona and Los Angeles where she works and spends time with her two daughters, Andreea and Alma.

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Bacu Alexandru

Alex Bâcu – VP Fundraising & Community, East Coast

Born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, Alex came to the United States on a scholarship to study at Amherst College in Massachusetts. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Economics and Fine Arts in 2003. After a brief stint in Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers, he moved to his current position as a Senior Research Equity Analyst and Associate Portfolio Manager at Neuberger Berman in New York City with a primary focus on the Technology, Media and Telecom sector. Alex is also involved as an advisor to and/or investor in several early stage start-ups in the Internet and Beauty Products sectors. Alex Bâcu is a CFA(r) charterholder.

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Alex’s work for Blue Heron Foundation is focused on expanding mentor and donor networks beyond BH’s California roots to the East Coast of the United States. He has been a BH member and mentor since December 2015. In his own words: “Mentorship opened my eyes to the seemingly insurmountable (and oftentimes bureaucratic) challenges that talented youth have to deal with in their daily lives, challenges that can be easily conquered with a little bit of guidance, support and an engaged personal network.”

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ROMANIA TEAM

Cristina Porsega

Cristina Porsega – Director, BH Scholarship Program

Cristina graduated from the Western University of Timisoara with a degree in Sociology and Psychology and continued her graduate studies in Management & Human Services.
Cristina was a Blue Heron scholarship recipient herself (2005 – 2010), until graduating and obtaining her M.A. degree. She understands thoroughly how the program works, first as a grantee and then as a member of the Foundation’s team.

Cristian Stanculescu

Cristian Stanculescu – Administrator, Board Member

Cristian is the CEO and founder of OPTIM Group. Established in 2004, OPTIM Group offers a broad range of CPA services, including audits, reviews, compilations as well as tax services to foreign investors in Romania. In 2012 OPTIM Group became the official representative of CPAAI in Romania, one of the top worldwide networks of accounting firms with offices in 65 countries.

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From 2001 to 2004, Cristian worked as a consultant within TPA Horwath Group offering legal services. TPA Horwath is one of the leading tax advisory and auditing companies with offices worldwide.
In 2005-2006, Cristian was the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Treasurer in Romania and member of the JCI Romania Board of Directors. JCI is the biggest international organization of young leaders and entrepreneurs, with more than 200,000 members in over 100 countries.Cristian developed close relationships with the Dutch and Belgian communities in Romania; he is part of the Board of Directors of the Dutch Association and the Belgian Connection.Cristian holds a Bachelor of Arts/Science in Economic Studies from Bucharest University and a J.D. in Corporate Law from The Romanian – American University in Bucharest. In addition, he completed Negotiation Courses at Harvard University in Boston and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Cambridge University.Cristian is fluent in English and Romanian and semi-fluent in Dutch, French and Italian.

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Daniela Tordoi

Daniela Tordoi – Coordinator, BH Mentorship Program

Daniela majored in Psychology and Education Sciences at the University of Bucharest and then specialized in Integrative Psychotherapy.

She is an accredited career & personal development coach. Daniela’s professional experience has expanded in accessing and managing development funds, a specialty that has enabled her to initiate and coordinate educational projects, including summer camps for young people and adults.

Daniela’s professional interests are complemented by her passion for writing, traveling and sports.

Catalina Neculau

Catalina Neculau – Staff Psychologist/Group Coordinator

Born in Iasi, Romania, Catalina started her carrier as a nurse in an OR facility. Partly as a result of this work she became interested in helping people not simply with their physical ailments but with their mental and emotional ones as well. Consequently she obtained a degree in psychology from The Alexandru Ioan Cuza University and continued her studies in psychosocial intervention and psychotherapy. Catalina specializes in Ericksonian therapy and hypnosis and in narrative therapy.

As a Blue Heron Group Coordinator she oversees the mentor-mentee relationships and the progress of a group of Blue Heron students based in Iasi and Suceava.

Catalina is an avid photographer and an enthusiastic traveller and mountain climber.

Lucian Mustata

Lucian Mustata – IT Consulting

Lucian Mustata graduated from The Cybernetics Faculty in Bucharest and received M.A diplomas from the National School of Political and Administrative Science and the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. Shortly thereafter he founded Lucian & Partners SRL-D, an IT company offering a broad range of services, including web design, online security, branding and search optimization.

Lucian became a Blue Heron scholarship recipient in 2011 and, after graduation, has remained an active alumnus overseeing Blue Heron’s creative and web design. He recently launched the global platform Note About Life, a site that allows people to share their life story and inspire others through their advice and example.

Alexandra Arnautu

Alexandra Arnautu – Coordinator

A linguist by education, an entrepreneur by opportunity and a networker by vocation, Alexandra Arnautu is a humanist of the XXI century. Born in Romania, she grew up in Lebanon at that time when bombs fell so often it was no longer news. From this early life experience she retained a ”seize the moment” attitude and a will to make things happen against all odds. Back in Romania, she pursued an education in humanities. She has an MA in foreign languages (French, English and Arabic) and an academic specialty in public relations and communication. She studied in Tunisia, Syria and Jordan.

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After various experiences in training institutes, private companies and the media, Alexandra joined the staff of the Royal House of Romania in 2002 and, later, became Chief of Cabinet of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Margarita. During six years she played an important part in the institutional, social and cultural projects of the Royal Family, culminating with the Diamond Wedding of Their Majesties King Michael and Queen Anne of Romania. In 2008 she decided to take a bold step into entrepreneurship and founded If Magic, an agency where she can practice what she does best: bring together inspired people and give good ideas a chance to change the world.

Alexandra has been working with the Blue Heron team since 2008, and has been committed to the cause ever since.

“I feel so proud and inspired to be involved in the projects of the Blue Heron Foundation. Our students are the very manifestation of one of my favorite sayings: “Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.”

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Ada Lungu

Ada Lungu – Coordinator

Ada Lungu was born under the sign of diversity. She lived, worked and studied in six cities and three countries, on two continents. She experienced her academic specialty, intercultural communication, in every practical way. She could probably find a way to talk to an alien. Ada pursued academic and professional courses in communication, journalism and project management in Cairo, Bordeaux, Paris, Brussels and Berlin.

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Her professional journey as a marketing communications expert took her to international organizations (World Trade Centre, British Council), the media (The Romanian Broadcasting Society), public administration (European Institute of Romania) and the academic sector (University of Bucharest). As the PR Coordinator of the Royal House of Romania, Ada was also involved in coordinating historical events, from King Michael’s Return to the Peles Castle to the launch of Prince Radu’s candidacy for the Presidency of Romania. After joining If Magic’s team, she now shares her experience and expertise managing and promoting projects that make a difference in the world.

Ada joined the Blue Heron team in 2010.

“Sometimes, during Valentine’s Day Charity Ball, or while writing a press release or preparing my workshop for the Blue Heron Summer Camp, I would stop and think: I have the best job in the world! If, somehow, I manage to contribute even 1% to what the Foundation achieves to the benefit of these young people, I would have made my mark on the world.”

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