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May Speaker

Elena Kostenko-Farkass


Elena was born and raised in the Soviet Union. She moved to the United States in 1992 and lived in Anchorage, Alaska, for 26 years. 

Elena received her master's in History and English from Inter-national Pedagogical University (Magadan, Russian Far East) in 1985. Then in 2011, she earned her master's in Educational Leadership from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. 

In 2003 Elena and other Anchorage community and Anchor-age school district members founded, developed, and led the first public Russian K-12 Immersion program in the US. 

Elena has been teaching various subject areas for more than 30 years. She has worked with different students' age groups (5-70 years old) as a schoolteacher, a program director, and a university instructor. 

Her expertise in second language acquisition, history and literature, and educational leader-ship has helped establish several of Alaska's non-profit educational and community groups. 

In June 2018, she moved to Bradenton, Florida. She began volunteering at Project Light of Manatee, Inc., an adult English learning school, in the Fall of 2018, and in Spring 2019, she was offered the position of Executive Director of the school. 

In 2009, she received Excellence in Teaching Award (K-12) from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East-European Languages. She is also a recipient of the Terry Higley Award, Alaska Outstanding K-12 World Language Educator (2015). In addition, she was one of the first recipients (2007) of the Excellence in Community Service Award established by the Bridge Builders of Anchorage.

May Meeting

May 12, 11:30 a.m.

Peridia Golf and CC

​4950 Peridia Boulevard E

Bradenton, 34203

Deadline to register is Friday, May 5th.

Call or email Sandy Gander at 941.720.6662 or san.gander@gmail.com

to register. 

Cost is $20 

Please select one of these meal selections 

#1 Florida Sunshine Salad with grilled chicken 

#2 Quiche Lorraine with fruit cup 

#3 Shrimp Salad croissant sandwich with fruit cup 

All meals come with bread and butter, nonalcoholic drink of your choice and a dessert of cheesecake.

​​​The Democratic Women's Club 

is an autonomous organization chartered by the state Democratic Women's Club. Its goal is the furtherance of women's issues. The club meets monthly for business and fellowship, and to hear talks on issues of interest to women. The Club joins with the Democratic Party of Florida in supporting candidates who support the Democratic Party and its platform.

In normal times, we meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at  11:30 a.m.   During the current pandemic, our meetings are via Zoom. 


Each year, the DWC is proud to offer scholarships to deserving young people of Manatee County.  Click
 here for a scholarship rules and application form.  Learn more about our  Scholarship Winners here!

Membership Application

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