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Mariya - Broker

I am the Managing Broker of the AroundCU Real Estate Company and I am a full-time Realtor, which allows me to devote all of my efforts to your real estate needs. I hope that you choose us to help you buy or sell your home, as we strive for excellence in everything that we do for my clients. If you would like to read what some of our clients have said about our work, please take a look at my testimonials page. I also enjoy planning new features on this website to provide you the best real estate resource available in the area.

I was an officer in the Illinois Army National Guard until I was honorably discharged in 2010. I served as an Interrogator, Intelligence Platoon Leader, and a General's Aide. My last position was as the Intelligence Officer for a Chemical Battalion, where I planned the battalion's response to Illinois' homeland security threats.

I was born in Norilsk (Siberia), Russia, and spent my early childhood in Kharkov, Ukraine. My family moved to Chicago in 1989, and then to Des Plaines, IL, in 1991. I have lived in the Champaign area since 2000 and have degrees from the University of Illinois in Economics and in Spanish. I am fluent in Russian and Spanish, and can converse in French.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports, specifically badminton, table tennis, skiing, and volleyball in the Champaign-Urbana Church Sports League. I also like to read informative articles about science, nutrition, health, or anything that teaches me new skills.

I can be reached via our Contact Page.

Ron - Buyer Specialist

I am a full-time Realtor working as the Buyer Specialist with the AroundCU team. I enjoy everything about real estate and will be a great resource for you in your search for your next home... whether it is your first, second, fifth, or investment property!

I have been a licensed real estate agent since January 2006. Prior to real estate, I served as a Business Administrator for thirteen years for a large local Methodist church. I have also worked as a Chief Financial Officer for eleven years for several downstate Illinois dental offices.

I grew up in Galesburg, IL and received a Bachelor's degree in Finance at Western Illinois University. I also minored in Computer Science and was a member of the Track & Field program. WIU is where I met my wife, Becki; we have two daughters.

My professional endeavors and educational background complement my detail-oriented approach to serving you with your best interest in mind.

I can be reached via email at

Susan - Admin

I provide administrative support to the AroundCU team. When this opportunity came to me, I jumped at the chance to be a part of a team that values excellent customer service. Prior to joining Mariya and the AroundCU team, I enjoyed a variety of positions in the healthcare, education, IT, and mortgage industries.

I have a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Purdue University and and have a graduate certificate in art education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which is where I met my husband, Russ. My husband and I are both artists at heart. In my spare time, I create jewelery, teach precious metal clay jewelry, sing soprano with the Chorale group and enjoy making others laugh. I was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. In 2000, my husband and I relocated to Champaign and love this wonderful community.

Kirby - Tech Specialist

I help out the AroundCU Real Estate Company by taking care of the website and other technical issues that might arise. (so you can blame me if anything isn't working properly on the website. But don't just blame me. Let me know!)

I grew up in Missouri and have a Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering and a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Missouri. I moved to the Champaign/Urbana area for a computer research programming job at the University in 1999. I resigned from that position in 2015 to work full time in real estate. I love learning more about real estate in the area and finding out what I can do, in a technical capacity, to make your home buying and/or selling process as smooth as possible.

I can be reached via email at

We are so grateful to Mariya and her team for working with us with such dedication and professionalism. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Mariya. She took the stress out of an inherently stressful experience. She shepherded us through each step of our condo sale with professionalism and warmth. Mariya was on top of every detail, responsive to our needs, and client-centered regarding decision-making. She provided us with top-notch referrals to prepare our home for sale. It is rare to find someone with Mariya's combination of expertise, work ethic, and integrity. She is a gem!