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As the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants, Yushchenko was energized by Ukraine's independence and, as a KPMG consultant, trained Ukrainians in Western methods of banking, accounting, and other fundamentals of the market economy. In 1993 Yushchenko met her future husband, Viktor Yushchenko, while leading a US-sponsored study tour for Ukrainian bankers. They began working together on behalf of Ukrainian orphans, a cause about which they were both passionate. Viktor Yushchenko became president of the Ukraine in 2004 after a contentious election.

As First Lady of the Ukraine, Yushchenko expanded upon her long and exemplary history of civic involvement.