meet our president

Tatiana Stantcheva, ph.d.

Tatiana Stantcheva is a co-founder and the executive president of NOVA Friends Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization with the goal of helping NOVA students in financial need to reach their academic potential. 

She has been a Professor of Physics at  Northern Virginia Community College since 2004, where she teaches, mentors junior faculty, and advises and coaches students. Maintaining a private coaching practice, she is also a member of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the International Coach Federation

Board of Directors

Dr. Tatiana Stantcheva – Executive President

Mr. James Gallatin – Treasurer and Legal Counsel

Mr. Vincent Cordrey – Secretary of the Board


PResidential advisory board

Our advisory board is comprised entirely of experienced NOVA teaching faculty with a proven commitment to excellence in student advising and mentoring. Here is a list of faculty currently serving as advisors to the President.

Amy Richards, Professor of Engineering, Alexandria

Francesca Viale, Professor of Physics, Loudoun

Dr. Bruce Wahl, Professor of Mathematics, Alexandria

Dr. Izanne Zorin, Professor of Biology, Alexandria


Program Mentors

Dr. Tatiana Stantcheva, Professor of Physics, Alexandria

our mission

Our mission is to help students enrolled in Northern Virginia Community College who face challenges in achieving their academic and potential. Our program is run by current or former NOVA faculty and students with a proven commitment to student success.



Financial information

We strive for transparency in all aspects of our organization’s work. All our officers and staff members are volunteers. Our operational costs are covered by private funds so that 100% of donors’ contributions go towards  supporting NFF program placed students.


make a difference!

Supporting NOVA students is cost-effective and provides affordable education. The cost for a 3-credit NOVA class is currently about $600 and the classes are transferrable to many four-year institutions. Your financial support goes a long way at NOVA!