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People Are Our Finest Resource


Robert Gamble, Executive Director, This Child Here, Inc.

Responsible for supervision of the staff, hiring and management of employees, leads the organization in goal setting and strategic planning in consultation with the staff and board members, provides assessment and evaluation of organizational progress. The Executive Director is responsible for fund raising and reporting to the Presbytery of Western North Carolina within which the Executive Director leads This Child Here as a Validated Ministry of the Presbyterian Church USA. Gamble is a former Coast Guard Officer and graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy. He is a graduate of Columbia and Princeton Theological Seminaries and served as a the installed pastor of churches in Florida, Tennessee, and New Mexico before moving to Ukraine in 2006.


Olya Balaban, Manager of This Child Here programs in Ukraine; Director of Refugee services in Izmail, Ukraine.

Responsible for all programs in Ukraine with attention to the internally displaced persons living in Izmail. This includes providing food and some products from markets, managing and overseeing the staff and programs at the three Centers for Children and Families in Izmail.  Programs also include camps in summer and winter for these families. 



Anya Ivanish, Manager of the Center for Children and Families in Izmail is the on-site administrator and youth worker for youth and children activities.


Alena Vykhrestyuk, table and tennis coach, sports center manager.


Alyona Andrushenko, Psychologist, Camp Varna, Bulgaria, is responsible for work at the Center for Children and Families. Primarily this is work with groups of children, leading activities that nurture relationships and healthy childhood development. 

Svetlana Ivanish - a psychologist of body-oriented psychology for a group of mothers from war zones, an art psychologist, a diploma student of the Osnova International Training Company courses "Peculiarities of working with refugees and migrants"

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Natasha designs and directs our hand-made programs for youth and children at our Summer Camps and in our Center for Creative Activities

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