Andrey & Oksana Pankyeyev
Andre and Oksana joined the Last Bell staff in 2007. Their two children, Daniel and Margarita, grew up in the ministry, enjoying relationships with the staff, orphanage graduates, and all their children. As the Executive Director of Ukrainian Operations, Andrey oversees the ministry. He works alongside the staff in advocating for orphanage graduates and is closely connected to the US board of directors, volunteers, and donors. He manages day-to-day functions in Zhytomyr, while creating an environment for discipleship within all Last Bell’s programming areas. Oksana is the coordinator for Stop the Cycle, Last Bell’s program for orphan mothers and their children, and oversees Shelter Crisis Housing. She has significant training in Biblical counseling, and is gifted in relating to traumatized youth.
Simeon is an attorney working full time for Last Bell. His responsibilities include creating legal documents, and occasional court appearances on behalf of Last Bell youth. He also manages the Day Center office. Simeon noticed the plight of orphans in Zhytomyr when he was growing up, and couldn’t ignore the unfairness. Through church friends, he eventually found Last Bell and began to volunteer. He is a resident of Zhytomyr with his wife and young son.
Andrey & Tanya Krivoruchko
Abram has been with Last Bell since 2007, and Tanya joined in 2009 after they were married. They mentor youth from our Educational Outreach program, younger moms in our Stop the Cycle program, and older orphanage graduates with whom they’ve developed close relationships over the years. Tanya offers academic lessons to Educational Outreach youth to help them pass their college exams. Tanya and Abram have two children.
Yulia (Los) Nesterenko
Yulia began as a volunteer for Last Bell, officially joining the staff in 2010. She’s the administrator of our Day Center, mentoring the young people who drop in and offering English lessons and other activities. She also helps with the children in our Stop the Cycle program, and mentors some of our older orphanage graduates who are finishing university studies. She is a worship leader at her church. Her husband Sasha is a Last Bell volunteer.
Lena has a university degree in psychology. After two years of volunteering with Last Bell youth, she joined the staff in 2014. She was inspired to help orphans at a young age because of an early exposure to the neglected children in Ukrainian society. She has become Last Bell’s liaison with the city trade schools, opening more doors for our Educational Outreach team to reach orphanage graduates in Zhytomyr. In 2016 Lena graduated with a seminary degree in teaching courses on Christianity.
Olga has been a translator for Last Bell and hosted international visitors since 2007. She also has an abiding love for orphans, beginning as a volunteer in Last Bell’s earliest days. Her direct involvement with the youth continues with the Stop the Cycle program activities. Olga and her husband have three children.
Vasya & Luba Yaroshuk
Vasya and Luba joined the Last Bell staff in 2009. They both mentor youth in our Educational Outreach program, where Luba’s teaching talents are invaluable. They also work closely with young moms in our Stop the Cycle program. They began caring for Last Bell youth long before joining the staff, volunteering every week in the orphanages. They maintain those relationships started many years ago. Vasya is currently studying law at a local university so he can pursue legal justice for orphans in Ukraine. Vasya and Luba have two children.
Vitya & Lena Andrusenko
Lena and Vitya Andrusenko have been with Last Bell since 2009. They are deeply involved in our Educational Outreach program, mentoring many young orphanage graduates. They also mentor and help young moms in our Stop the Cycle program. Lena and Vitya have two young daughters.
Anna & Sergei Cherniy
Anna Cherniy started with Last Bell in 2009. With a heart for young children, she started in the very practical role of caring for the babies of youth and staff during Last Bell programs, meetings, etc. She now oversees the childcare needs of Shelter Crisis Housing, and is assisting with the development of Last Bell’s fledgling daycare co-op. In late 2015, Sergei left his long-held job as a public school teacher to help launch and supervise Last Bell’s Restoration Project. Sergei and Anna have two children.
Nastya was a loyal volunteer who became employed by Last Bell in early 2015. Nastya works for Last Bell in the Educational Outreach program, where she assists Lena Voznyuk and Luba Yaroshuk with programming in Zhytomyr’s trade schools. In 2016 Nastya graduated from seminary with a degree in teaching courses on Christianity.
Yulia Sagaidachna joined the Last Bell staff in 2017. Yulia is an orphanage graduate, nurse, and mother who has brought her insightful writing and interviewing skills to Last Bell’s blog and now works closely with our moms at Shelter Crisis Housing. Yulia has taken all of Last Bell’s parenting classes and worked with Last Bell as a volunteer for many years prior to coming on as a staff member. Her nursing background is invaluable in her work with other orphan mothers. Yulia and her husband have one daughter, Ksenya.
Megan became the Last Bell Director of US Operations in mid-2015. She is the key conduit between the organization and its US friends. Her talent for developing relationships with partners, volunteers, and donors makes her unique in another area of expertise: project management. In the ten years prior to joining Last Bell, she worked for Outreach, Inc., serving homeless youth in Indianapolis, IN. Her work experience includes social work case management, program design and implementation, and non-profit management. Megan lives in Indianapolis with her husband Nate and their two boys, Wesley and Joel.
Emily is Last Bell’s U.S. administrator, managing a variety of tasks involving communications, records, bookkeeping, and innumerable details. She began as a volunteer with Last Bell in 2006, and is a vital member of the Last Bell operations team. Emily also works in private care as a PCA and as a writer and editor. She lives north of Boston.
Laura started her bookkeeping business about seven years ago as a way to spend more time with her growing family. She especially loves working with non-profits and enjoys being a part of the amazing work they do. Laura lives in Portland, Maine with her husband David and their two daughters EllaAnne and Rosie.
Board of Directors
Ellen is Last Bell’s Executive Director, providing vision and direction while supervising both our American and our Ukrainian leadership. She first went to Ukraine in 1998 as a photographer. Over the years she went back to Ukraine several times and kept up with Last Bell Ministries as it developed. Her photography work is about “truthful storytelling.” Ellen lives in Indianapolis with her husband and son.
Dave has worked with local and international ministries for over twenty years. Combining administrative gifts with a passion for people and travel, he has assisted ministries in Eastern Europe, India and his hometown of Indianapolis. He made his first international trip to Ukraine in 1994.
Irene spent 30 years in the corporate world at Boeing Airlines. In the mid 90’s she took her first missions trip to work in a camp ministry. She has been actively involved in camp ministry since then. She was instrumental in the founding of Last Bell and has been a board member since its inception. She lives in Seattle, WA.
Don practices dentistry in Indianapolis and pastors a Russian-speaking church. He has been going to Ukraine for 17 years. He has served as Director of the organization Mission to Ukraine and has recently joined the board of Last Bell.
Ed has been involved with Last Bell for over seven years and has sponsored several boys from the Shelter. He served as a missionary in Vinnitsya, Ukraine, through YWAM, and is still involved with several churches and ministries in the country. His ministry focus is orphans and people with disabilities. Ed now resides in Colorado and operates a carpet and tile cleaning business that supports his ministry efforts.
Dave has served on a number of Boards in both ministry and in the private sector. His first trip to Ukraine included a tour of Last Bell’s Shelter facility. He has been working as a structural engineer in Indianapolis for the past 33 years. He brings his administrative and organizational experience to Last Bell’s Board.