Thomas Bennett, PhD is a successful banker in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Together with his wife Sue, they founded First Oklahoma Bank in 2009. Previously they pioneered Oklahoma National Bank in 1999 and sold it in 2007. Tom has degrees from Oklahoma State University, MPA from Harvard and PhD from Oklahoma State University. He and Sue have been very involved in promoting business in Oklahoma for many years.
In the summer of 2000, Tom took his first trip to Russia, primarily to accompany Sue and be certain that she was OK! That began a great love for orphans, especially the older ones, and the country of Russia. Over the years Tom has taken their whole family and continues to have outreach opportunities to many of the young people they met.
Tom and Sue have three sons, who reside in Tulsa. They are also the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.
Dan Duffy resides in Fombell, PA which is less than an hour from Pittsburgh. Dan’s career was primarily in his family’s business where he managed the Sales Department. For the past seven years he has been involved in real estate and farming. Dan and his wife Anita have four children, Danelle, Erica, Brad and Sonya. Sonya was adopted from a Russian orphanage so Russian blood runs in the Duffy family! They also enjoy spending time with their first grandson Beau.
Over the past six years Dan has visited Russia eight times. He is especially involved and passionate with the Vladimir Dacha Project. Dan and his family attend Concord United Methodist Church in Beaver Falls, PA.
Mark lives in Wilmore, Kentucky with his wife Darlene. He is a retired professor of history having taught at Asbury College, Wheaton College (IL), Samford University and Southern Wesleyan University. While at Wheaton College he served as director of the East-West Christian Studies for 13 years. And during his tenure at Samford, he served for six years as the director of the Global Center at Beeson Divinity School.
Mark’s doctorate is in modern European and Russian history from the University of Kentucky. He’s been traveling to Russia and Central and Eastern Europe since 1974. His travels have involved teaching; negotiating and leading a student exchange program with Moscow State University; helping launch a program of adoption of special needs Russian orphans; hosting a Moscow conference on business ethics and the role of women in the church; on site evaluations of Protestant seminaries in the former Soviet Union; as well as leading tour groups and six short-term missions working with Russian orphans.
Currently Mark continues as the editor of East-West Church and Ministry Report, which he began in 1993. This provides valuable insight from numerous on ground perspectives. (eastwestreport.org) In addition, Mark is the author of Pawns of Yalta; Soviet Refugees and America’s Role in Their Repatriation. He also has written over 160 articles and reviews, mostly about Russia and Central and Eastern Europe,
Mark and Darlene have four grown children adopted from Vietnam and Columbia and four grandchildren.
David Fish is married to Terri and together they have two adult children, Sarah and Andrew. David and Terri live in Monument, CO and attend Covenant Presbyterian Church. He holds a BSEE degree from California Polytechnic State University. David has held a number of marketing and engineering positions within the telecommunications test industry for Hewlett-Packard and Fluke Networks.
Dave went to Russia in 2005 with his daughter where they visited orphanages and worked at a camp.
Stacy was raised in Northern California and attended UC Davis where she earned a BS in Human Development. She then went on to Cal State Los Angeles to earn her teaching credentials. Following that, she taught for five years in the Los Angeles area before starting her family.
She and her husband Rob moved to Colorado in 2004. Rob is self-employed and owns Blue Peak Solutions. BPS contracts with other companies and helps with sales force automation. Stacy works for BPS doing all their invoicing and billing.
Stacy and Rob have an active family with three boys. Ryan is 16, Nate is 14 and Camden is 12. As a family they love the mountains and all the outdoor activities provided by living in Colorado.
The Moultons attend Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs. Stacy is part of two bible studies and volunteers with WVC Women’s Ministries, heading up their Bible Study Library. She also volunteers at the boys’ schools, helping in the classroom and supporting various activities that come up throughout the year.
Brooke Patterson lives in Zelienople, PA (about 23 miles north of Pittsburgh)with her dog, Penny Lane. She graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2002, and is currently serving the congregation of Harmony-Zelienople United Methodist Church as Director of Kids and Student Ministries. Her first trip to Russia was in November 2008 and she has returned to Russia seven times since then. The staff and students of the Ivanovo Ministry Center have become a second family to her.
Allen Schwab and his wife Penny Stewart first traveled to Russia in May 2009. While Penny conducted an art symposium, Allen accompanied other Orphan’s Tree Vision Team members visiting the various facilities throughout the Vladimir Region. In addition, he traveled to St Pete with the symposium participants and the Vision Team, witnessing firsthand the Hands and Feet of Christ that Orphan’s Tree represents to the young adults without earthly parents.
A native Nebraskan, Allen is a ‘69 NU grad with an MA from UNC. He is a retired airline pilot, a published author and editor, a transportation safety consultant, and an Air Force veteran. Together with his wife, Allen and his only child Andrew and lone grandchild Cameron are affectionately known as “Penny and the Schwab Boys.” Allen and Penny, longtime residents of the Pikes Peak Region, are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Allen is an Ordained Elder – PCUSA.
Meredith resides in Portland, OR with her charming cattle dog, Lucy. She graduated from the University of Colorado and is currently the Managing Director of a Portland-based digital marketing agency. Meredith has traveled to Russia a half-dozen times since 1994. Over the years, she has worked at a camp in Vladimir, visited orphanages in Kostroma, Ivanovo and Vladimir, and partnered with a number of ministry centers.