and Oleg Stolyarsky came to the U.S. from the Ukraine in 2003. They
came for three reasons: 1) because his daughter, son-in-law and
grandchildren live in Kansas City; 2) because his son, Oleg, wanted
a future for himself; 3) and because the family felt persecution
from extremists who hated Jews.
Both he and
his wife have spent 25 years in the engineering field. Viktor worked
as an engineer in electrical substations, while Nadya designed thermal
power nuclear power plants. Oleg, 25, went to the university in
Kiev and studied engineering, however he doesn't anticipate using
those skills here in the U.S. Currently he is delivering pizzas
for Pizza Hut.
Nadya is studying
English at Donnelly college. Viktor had been, but working nights
and going to school in the day became too difficult for him, especially
while searching for other jobs. Instead, he learns English from
listening to the television.
They hope to
become citizens in five years.