Meet community leaders
Tonia Andersen & Lindsay Guba
Hi my name is Tonia Andersen and I am a stay at home mom to 4 children. My husband is in the Air Force. My children are ages 11, 9, 6, and 4. On Sunday mornings at church I serve in the nursery, and love to take care of the little ones. I have not been outside of the USA, but would love the opportunity to visit our sponsored orphanage. I am honored to be a part of Children's HopeChest and am excited to see God's hand at work in the children's lives.
Hi, my name is Lindsay Guba - I am a military wife who currently resides in Yorktown, Virginia. I have two little girls, Selah and Stella. I am looking forward to working with Children's HopeChest and helping sponsors connect with their children. I love writing letters to my child and finding out what a creative, intelligent young woman she is. God has blessed me so abundantly in my own life and I hope to be able to share that through my letters. In my spare time I am finishing up a degree in creative writing. I love to knit, garden and daydream about someday having my own farm.
Kostroma Sponsorship Coordinator
Yana studied at Kostroma State University. She started as a translator for a Children’s HopeChest (Fund
Nadezhda) summer camp in 2001. She also worked as a discipler in Soligalich and then in Chernopeniye. In 2003, she became the
Sponsorship Coordinator for Kostroma region. She has worked at this position since then. Yana is married, and has a baby son,
Vanya. She enjoys spending time with my family, friends, reading and listening to music.
Partnership Relations Coordinator
I grew up in picturesque Manitou Springs Colorado. After graduating with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, I spent 3 years teaching in Moscow. I’ve always had a passion for helping children. During my time in Moscow I became particularly attached to helping the orphaned in Russia. I first became connected to Children’s HopeChest after volunteering at a camp in Kostroma in 2007. In 2009 I had the privilege to begin working at Children’s HopeChest as the Partner Relations Coordinator for Russia. I am thankful for the opportunity that God has given me to daily take part in positively impacting orphans in Russia. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends over coffee, hiking and running.
My name is Anastasia (Nastya) Kulkova and I've been with CHC for over 10 years. I started in 2001 as an interpreter at one of the summer camps and the same year I became the discipler at Soligalich orphanage. A year later I also picked up Ostrovskoye and I still continue working with both of them. I am a graduate of Kostroma State University, majoring in foreign languages.