We are a non-profit organization with a mission and a passion to enrich Minnesota’s diverse image through the preservation, promotion and sharing of the valuable cultural heritage of the Romanian American community, along with its extensive history in the state.

HORA Directors 2019

Eugenia Popa – President

Gina moved to Minnesota from Bucharest, Romania, in 1995 with her husband and her son. She has been an educator for over 30 years and currently teaches ESL (English as a Second Language) in St. Paul. She loves traveling, working with children, and spending time with her family and friends. Gina has been part of HORA since its inception in 2009 and believes that what brings Romanians together is the ACASA (at home) feeling that we are all longing for. “I think geography is relative. Romania is in our hearts and in our minds. It’s in our power to bring it here with us. That is HORA’s role, to invite everyone to experience the unique Romanian culture, history, and traditions right here in Minnesota.”

Contact at info@hora-mn.org

Arria Raluca Giulan – Vice President

Having spent more than half of her life in the U.S., Arria still thinks of herself as a Romanian first and foremost. In 2011, she moved from Connecticut to Minnesota where she loves the lakes, Twin Cities lifestyle and the overall friendly nature of the mid-westerners. Born in the U.S., her two kids, Paul Michael and Andrea Nicole love to practice their Romanian language skills and feel particularly special when celebrating their Saint name birthdays. Arria is very proud of HORA’s accomplishments to date, and dreams to see the organization grow to support the needs of Romanians in Minnesota.

Contact at info@hora-mn.org

Monica von Geldern – Treasurer

Monica was born in Romania, majored from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, immigrated to Minnesota in 1987 and has two business majors from the University of St. Thomas. She is also involved in HORA’s collection and art exhibits.

Contact at info@hora-mn.org

Danna Voller – Secretary

Dana Voller came to Minnesota and the US in 2003. She has a French and English teaching degree from the University of Pitesti and a Masters in ESL from Hamline University, Minnesota. Her first job was with Peace Corps, Romania, and that is where she discovered her passion about sharing her cultural and linguistic heritage. She is currently a learning and development consultant for Wells Fargo.

Dana has been happy and proud to volunteer and share her knowledge of the Romanian history, culture and language through the HORA language classes and events since 2013. She believes that the more we share and know about diverse backgrounds, the more likely we are to be understanding and opened towards other people around us, which in long term will build stronger communities.

Contact at info@hora-mn.org

Romell Alaman – Membership, Communications & PR Chair

Romell Mircea Alaman grew up in Brasov and made Minnesota his home in 2008, with his wife, Maria and two boys- Alex and Tudor. As a professional, Romell is on the fast track. He is a senior electrical engineer for MTS and is responsible of Formula 1 car testing to ensure their highest performance. He holds two patents in electrical engineering and one in hydraulics. In his free time, he is a passionate composer and performer of Romanian folk music and loves to share his time with family and friends.

Contact at info@hora-mn.org

Past HORA board directors

Vicki Albu, Founder

Cleo Cabuz

Octavian Cornea, Founder

Raluca Octav, Founder

Helena Orlandi

Gabriel Petre

Daniela Petrescu

HORA Advisory Board

Patrick Ledray, Romanian Honorary Consul, Minneapolis

Contact at EMBASSY OF ROMANIA to the United States of America