Co-Founder and Consultant/Educator for Trauma Informed Care
Melinda has lived in St. Petersburg since 1992 with her husband, Mark, and their three children. Prior to their time in Russia, Melinda lived in the U.S. and practiced individual, family, and marriage counseling in a variety of settings. Her caseload has included victims of incest, adult children of alcoholics, addiction, depression, and numerous family and marital issues. She received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in 1985.
Director of Development and Co-Founder
Abandoned by his mother when he was just a month old, Alex was placed in the Russian state orphanage system. His tumultuous childhood included adoption, abuse, running away, living on the streets, and a return to the orphanage system. Since that time, Alex has earned an AS degree in Business Administration Management. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Franklin University (Columbus, OH) in 2005. In 2011, Infinitely More, by Alex Krutov as told to Jackie Davis, has been published by Whitecaps Media.
Oleg Krasnikov was born in 1983 and raised in Kazakhstan. He holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from St. Petersburg Christian University, and he is married with two children, Timothy and Mark. In 1993, his family moved to Lipetsk, Russia where they attended a Baptist church where later they accepted the Lord. In 1999, he accepted the Lord at a Christian youth camp and began to work with youth. After high school, he studied at Bryansk Bible College for one year. Oleg then returned to Lipetsk where he ministered at a Christian mission, organized youth ministry at a church and also worked at a Christian camp. Currently, he is a minister at the Resurrection Church in Pushkin, leading youth and music ministries. In 2011, he will graduate from a state university with a degree in law. Oleg has served The Harbor since 2006.
Girls Residential Program Director
A graduate of The University of Bremen, Germany with a Master of Science degree in Applied Polar and Marine Sciences, Daria worked as a research scientist and engineer at the Institue for Arctic and Antartic Research. Her dream was to be famous polar scientist. However, she felt a nudge of God to go back to church. After deciding to turn her life over to the Lord, she realized He had different plans for her life. She began teaching English in a Russian school and in a hospital for low functioning orphans. There her heart was turned toward helping orphans. She is delighted to be the new Director for the girls residential program.
Director of Vocational Training Center
National Director of Development and Marketing
While earning a Masters degree in Counseling from St. Petersburg State University, Natalia struggled to figure out how she would combine her faith with her profession. Through working in a shelter for orphans during her last year practicum, Natalia began to see the value of her education, particularly in the area of child psychology. Some friends introduced her to The Harbor and she began working with us as a professional counselor in 2005.
Chris & Anya Gandy
Chris is a native of Texas and Anya is from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Having met in Russia, Chris and Anya knew from the beginning of their marriage that they would return to Russia to engage in ministry. An extremely talented couple, Chris will assist The Harbor in various aspects of administration, management, publishing and web presence. Anya will be translating training materials for staff, publications, and fundraising material. They will also serve as teachers at the Vocational Training Center. Assisting The Harbor is the fulfillment of a long quest that has taken this couple from Nizhny Novgorod, to Texas, to California and now to St. Petersburg, Russia.
Boys Residential Program Director