Whether volunteering with Holocaust survivors or comforting a heartbroken friend, Ilona had a special way with people that drew them to her instantly.
Professionally, Ilona spent her career working in the non-profit world. Ilona was a Director of Leadership and Resource Development at Shorefront YM-YWHA. Prior to that, she worked for a NY non-profit, Modest Needs, and as a psychologist at the Abbott House. Ilona also served as the co-chair of the Russian division board at the UJA Federation, spearheading flagship charity events such as the annual Russian Division Cook-Off.
Ilona was passionate about helping people with problems similar to her own, and dreamed of becoming a clinical psychologist. She believed in early intervention of eating disorders, a problem from which she suffered, and believed in recovery.
Tragically, Ilona passed away from complications related to an eating disorder at the age of 35. The Ilona Memory Fund, founded by her parents in 2014, actualizes Ilona’s true passion of helping others and more specifically, girls at-risk of developing or suffering from eating disorders.