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Inna Lukyanenko, born in the city of Mohyliv-Podilskyi Raion of the Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukraine, made her way to New York in 1994. For someone who professes public speaking to have been her biggest obstacle professionally, she is also quite the people person — a fact she does acknowledge.

As just how did she tackle the obstacle?

“I got better at it with the time,” Lukyanenko says. “Practice makes perfect.”

In her day-to-day work as a housing specialist and office administrator for Councilman Mark Treyger, she meets and helps all types of people, which, people person that she is, fulfills her gregarious nature.

“The favorite part of my job is being able to help someone. Seeing that someone happy and full of hope,” says Lukyanenko. Consequently, the least favorite part of her job is “not being able to help someone. Seeing their hopeless facial expression breaks my heart.”

In addition to helping “everyday New Yorkers find solutions to their problems,” she also gives back to the community.

“For the past few years,” says Lukyanenko, “I volunteered at the Be Proud Foundation at events such as Toys for Tots, NYPD National Night Out, Your Highness Grandmother contest. Before Passover I assisted with preparing packages for needy people, World War II veterans, and Holocaust survivors.”

“Inna cares about people and is incredibly successful at solving problems,” says practicing attorney Igor Vaysberg, Lukyanenko’s former supervisor. “Her position with Councilman Treyger allows her to handle important issues and Inna uses her position to improve the quality of life of all Brooklynit­es.”

It is obvious why she is a Woman of Distinction, especially when reading her highly impressive educational background. She completed the Citizens Police Academy, is a certified paralegal, earned a certification in Family Development Leadership, earned a certification from Cornell University in Family Development Credential, and — believe it or not — that is only about half of the list. Lukyanenko places a very high value on education, saying: “A college degree is not necessary for my position but it is always good to have one.”

She offers the following advice to anyone considering a similar career: “Think positive before negative. People come to you for help. Sometimes they can be rude, but think that there is a reason behind it. They are scared, tired, and need help.”

Having any kind of interaction with this Woman of Distinction, one can easily say that she will be remembered the way she wants to be remembered: “Respectful, caring … and always willing to help.”

NEIGHBORHOOD: Kensington.

OCCUPATION: Housing specialist and office administrator.

COMPANY: New York City Council.

CLAIM TO FAME: This is a hard question because I don’t like to brag about myself. I am a simple person who gets along with others very well. I care about people and do whatever is possible to help. This is how I achieve outcomes in my job.

FAVORITE BROOKLYN PLACE: I enjoy walking on Boardwalk, and spending time on the beach. Also, I like spending time in Prospect Park.

WOMAN I ADMIRE: The woman I admire the most is my mother. She is the most caring and loving person on earth. She has a strong will power. No matter how hard her life can get, she finds the way to pull through.

MOTTO: If “Plan A” didn’t work, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet.

Updated 3:43 pm, June 1, 2018
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