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Dr. Robert Gamble, Executive Director of This Child Here
567  Bee Tree Rd

Swannanoa, NC  28778
828 318 2149  in the USA
+380 96 021 4952  when I am in Ukraine

Robert Gamble is a graduate with honors of the US Coast Guard Academy, and served five years as an officer. He is a graduate of Columbia Seminary in Atlanta, GA (D.Min.) and Princeton Seminary, Princeton NJ. (Th.M.) He has served churches in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New Mexico, Western Maryland and Tennessee. He began to work in Peacemaking in the 1980's during the conflict in Central America, chairing the Peacemaking Committee of Memphis Presbytery, traveling to Nicaragua and helping coordinate Peacemaking Conferences in Montreat NC. He has been at work in Ukraine with This Child Here since 2006, beginning with street kids, then orphans, and then training foster families. In 2013, He received the "Pioneer in Ministry" award from Columbia Seminary for his creativity in Ukraine. In 2015, he began programs of training teens in Ukraine in peacemaking techniques and designing camps for families who lost homes in the Donbas area. Every year, his schedule is 3 months in Ukraine, 3 months in states traveling and speaking; then again 3 months in Ukraine and 3 in the states, traveling and speaking. This Child Here, Inc. is not a staff position of the office of Presbyterian Church (USA), but rather a Validated Ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Since the invasion in February 2022, This Child Here has been working solely with families displaced by the war but living in Ukraine. 


Nancy Gard, Paralegal
Vice President, Secretary
245 Seaview Ave.
Daytona Beach Fl 32118

Nancy Gard has served as a Paralegal for Cobb Cole Attorneys at Law for many years. She has also been an elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Daytona Beach, FL. Nancy has traveled to Ukraine and has served as the Vice President of This Child Here since 2006.

Susan Coleman, Retired CPA
735 North Halifax Ave.
Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Susan H. Coleman, retired CPA, is a long-time resident of Daytona Beach, Florida. She is a member and ruling Elder of First Presbyterian Church of Daytona Beach, where she came to know Dr. Gamble. Present during the formation of This Child Here, she has served on the Board of Directors since its inception in 2006.

Board of Directors

Karen Bayless

7301 Foothills Drive,

Farmington, NM  87402.


Karen has served as an Elder for First Presbyterian Church in Farmington NM.  Educated as an accountant, she chairs the Finance Committee for the church.  Karen serves on the board for several not-for-profit organizations in NM.  She has been particularly active in Leadership New Mexico serving on the curriculum committee for many years and chairing it in 2018.  LNM is dedicated to developing leaders in New Mexico by educating them on current topics as well as encouraging team-building and self-esteem.


Claudio Corbelli

Sienna, Italy

Claudio writes: I earned a PhD in Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in Canada, where I studied the behaviour of Humpback whales. After working for a year at the Whale Center of New England in the USA, I moved back to Italy in 2008. Here I studied to became a Transpersonal Counsellor and also funded the Siena Dong Tai chi School. In the same year I started volunteering in Ukraine with the organization This Child Here, and subsequently funded and directed a charitable nonprofit called Nirodha to support homeless kids in the Ukraine. Now I live in Siena where I run my tai chi school and I work as counsellor in private practice. I also like to travel and in 2016-2017, I created and completed the Mindfultrail: A one-year journey from Canada to Argentina to share Mindfulness Practices (25 workshops,


Jo Ann Wheeler

Vero Beach, Fl


Jo Ann Wheeler is an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) serving at the First Presbyerian Church of Vero Beach. She has served on the Mission Committee for many years as a member and chairperson. Jo Ann has taken classes at Columbia Seminary in the Continuing Education Department; she has also studied International Peacemaking in Israel. Wednesday will be her last day with me here in Ukraine. She has been on a trip that included, South Africa, Madagascar, Kenya and Ukraine.


Dr. Nicholas Bayless,

San Francisco, CA

Dr. Nicholas Bayless is a research scientist at the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in San Francisco, California. He completed a bachelor's degree in biochemistry at Yale University and a master's degree in biotechnology at NYU, after which he joined Avatar Biotechnologies and worked on development of an HIV vaccine. He continued his education and research at Stanford University, where he completed his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Catherine Blish, focusing on viral infections (influenza and Zika viruses) and their impact on pregnant women. Now at the Parker Institute, Nick works to bring new data analysis tools to researchers and clinicians, to accelerate cancer cures and improve patient outcomes through unique collaborations.

Tanya Polsky

Tanya Polsky was born in Ukraine and immigrated to the United States over 20 years ago. She graduated from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management in 2004, with a degree in Accounting and Finance.

Tanya worked at various financial institutions, such as Northern Trust, Lehman Brothers and Bank Leumi USA.

Tanya is a board member of the Latin School of Chicago where she serves on Academic and Finance Committees.

Tanya is also a board member of the Planned Parenthood of Illinois, where she serves on a Finance, Investments and Audit Committee as well as, in past years, on a CEO Search Committee. Tanya held a position of PPIL executive committee member in 2019.

Tanya is actively involved in various other philanthropic projects involving, among others, the US Holocaust Museum, IL Holocaust Museum and other educational, cultural and charitable institutions.

Tanya currently lives in Chicago and is married with 4 children.


Dr Donald Frampton

New Orleans, LA

Donald R. Frampton is an honorably retired minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Nil February of 2019, he served St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans as Senior Pastor for nearly 25 years. Upon his retirement, the church named him Pastor Emeritus. Prior to New Orleans, Don was Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Rockingham, N.C. And he began his ministry as Associate Pastor at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in Charleston, S.C.


Wherever he went, Don's ministry was characterized by an emphasis on mission, both local and global. Nearly every year of his pastorate in New Orleans he saw to it that the church gave away nearly $3,000 000 to qualified charities. RHINO (“Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans” ) was St charles Avenue Presbyterian Church's response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina of 2005. It still operates, hosting volunteer mission teams from all over the country and a summer camp for teens. At the time of his retirement, some 9,000 RHINO volunteers had participated in the program, helping build over 600 Habitat for Humanity homes. Don was also Moderator of the Presbytery of South Louisiana, as well as Board Member of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Evergreen Children's Home. Locally, he was a member of the Ethics Review Board of the City of New Orleans. Recently, Don wrote a book on the history of St Charles Avenue Presbyterian church, Welcome Corner”


Don and his wife, Colleen, a Registered Nurse with a local community health clinic, have three adult children and three grandchildren, all of who live in New Orleans.


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