Our team

The most important tasks are performed by our case managers. Every day they’re engaged in supporting couples, they meet or phone volunteers, talk to children. They also supervise orphanages and families, assist with organizing different events and train volunteers.

Moscow

Management

Executive Director

Nina Vorontsova

Executive Director

At different stages of my life I had mentors and was a mentor myself. It’s very important to have a person who’ll support and help you in difficult situations or who‘ll teach you how to behave in new circumstances. Sometimes it’s enough to be aware of having such a person in your life to become stronger and more self-confident. I wish everybody to find such a person nearby when he’s necessary. I know from experience that it’s very important! Our organization “Big Brothers Big Sisters” is engaged in mentoring children in difficult living situations. It’s a big deal and I’m so glad to be part of a great professional team and to be involved in development of mentoring.

Head of PR

Inna Lyubimova

Head of PR

I worked in marketing for more than 10 years. In the same time I was interested in different social projects and did charity work. In 2016 I learnt about “Big Brothers Big Sisters” programme and was lucky to become a part of the team. I’m firmly convinced that the format of the programme really moves children’s lives forward. It’s important for me to use my skills and experience for achieving positive goals.

Moscow Program Lead

Alexandra Gnutova

Moscow Program Lead

Being a student my classmates and I did events and lessons for children from an orphanage on a voluntary basis. Since then I'm interested in orphanhood  questions.  Later I became a social worker in an  orphanage. In 2011 I started my professional activity in МОО “Big Brothers Big Sisters” as a programme curator. It's very important and valuable for me to observe my efforts changing other people's lives.

Fundraiser

Elena Nosova

Fundraiser

Graduated from People's Friendship University. Joined the program in January 2016 as a fundraiser. Until then I  worked in different commercial and non-commercial projects for more than ten years.

Accountant

Veronika Matyash

Accountant

I'm doing  the bookkeeping since I've graduated from the Institute of Finance. This work requires perseverance and patience. I got into “Big Brothers Big Sisters” by accident. I just answered the vacancy announcement. I realized that it was my fate to be directly involved in the common cause of mentoring. Our organization includes interesting, good-hearted and sympathetic people and it’s  a real pleasure to work with them.

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Case managers

Case manager

Alina Medvedeva

Case manager

In 2012 I graduated from Russian State Societal University and got two degrees – B.A. in Social Work and M.A. in Psychology. Since July 2008 till July 2015 I was working in telecommunications  and was studying in the same time. Since November 2015 I’m a curator in “Big Brothers Big Sisters”. I supervise the orphanage  “Alije Parusa”. In this center I’ve got my  Junior, Artem, 10 years old.

Case manager

Ekaterina Oskina

Case manager

 “Big Brothers Big Sisters” for me is an opportunity to do what I love and to do an important thing at the same time. I believe that the program really changes children’s lives for the better. Mentors give attention and resources to those children who suffered from a shortage of them from the beginning. I’m extremely inspired by communication with volunteers who participate in the program for many years and whose friendship with Littles became really close relationship. Such stories are particularly motivating. Simultaneously I practice counseling in the private sector and write stories.

Case manager

Natalia Kholostova

Case manager

I’m a psychologist. I graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Psychology. I’m engaged in charity work for more than 15 years and this is my deliberate choice. The most valuable things in my work are children’s smiles and happy glint in their eyes. I believe that changes are possible even in the most difficult situations. This is the sense of my activity.

Case manager

Olesya Shishkina

Case manager

Graduated from Moscow City University of Psychology and Pedagogy.  After the university I worked in home-based school for children with special needs. In 2012 I entered “Big Brothers Big Sisters”. I see that children desperately need friendship with their mentors. I observe how they change for the better feeling an older friend’s support and acceptance. And this is the most valuable in my work.

Case manager

Arif Ali-zade

Case manager

I believe that the program creates a new space for communication between the older and younger generations, supports the restoration of strong, close ties and allows you to become involved in changing the world around.

Case manager

Ruslana Yatsenko

Case manager

Being a sophomore at the university I got interested in problems of orphans. On the third year I had a good chance to become personally acquainted with them. Then I realized that these children  were completely different in my estimation and in that of society.  Having graduated from the university in 2013 I decided to become a curator. I am deeply convinced that every child has great potential and resources for development and overcoming of any life's challenges. The main mentor and curator’s task is to show these resources to a mentee and to support his growth using his strengths. Being a curator I help mentors to determine directions for the development and support of their mentees.

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I work mainly with teenagers having different peculiarities of psychological and intellectual development. I take much pleasure in holding trainings, master-classes, educational seminars and meetings with people who really care about children and teenagers in difficult circumstances.

Saint-Petersburg

Москва

Executive director

Nina Vorontsova

Executive director

At different stages of my life I had mentors and was a mentor myself. It’s very important to have a person who’ll support and help you in difficult situations or who‘ll teach you how to behave in new circumstances. Sometimes it’s enough to be aware of having such a person in your life to become stronger and more self-confident. I wish everybody to find such a person nearby when he’s necessary. I know from experience that it’s very important! Our organization “Big Brothers Big Sisters” is engaged in mentoring children in difficult living situations. It’s a big deal and I’m so glad to be part of a great professional team and to be involved in development of mentoring.

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Head of Saint-Petersburg Affiliate

Anush Ovsepyan

Head of Saint-Petersburg Affiliate

Six-seven years ago, my ideas about charity and volunteering were at the level of an infusoria. Then it happened that when I was creating an educational project with my friends I found myself in the rehabilitation center for children with cerebral palsy, and so I stayed there as a volunteer. Over time, my desire to withdraw from business and to participate in NPO projects was intensified. Thoughts, fighting my own fears, the temptation to leave the country, different opinions ... I had it all. But the most important thing always comes in due time, and for 4 years now I have been doing an amazing program "Big Brothers Big Sisters" in St. Petersburg!

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This is an honest story where not only children learn and change, but their mentors discover new facets, learn to be surprised again, to fly, to believe and look at life in a completely different way. I believe mentoring is the key to success!

Head of PR

Inna Lyubimova

Head of PR

I worked in marketing for more than 10 years. In the same time I was interested in different social projects and did charity work. In 2016 I learnt about “Big Brothers Big Sisters” program and was lucky to become a part of the team. I’m firmly convinced that the format of the program really moves children’s lives forward. It’s important for me to use my skills and experience for achieving positive goals.

Fundraiser

Elena Nosova

Fundraiser

Graduated from People's Friendship University. Joined the program in January 2016 as a fundraiser. Until then I  worked in different commercial and non-commercial projects for more than ten years.

Accuntant

Veronika Matyash

Accuntant

I'm doing  the bookkeeping since I've graduated from the Institute of Finance. This work requires perseverance and patience. I got into “Big Brothers Big Sisters” by accident. I just answered the vacancy announcement. I realized that it was my fate to be directly involved in the common cause of mentoring. Our organization includes interesting, good-hearted and sympathetic people and it’s  a real pleasure to work with them.

Case managers

Case Manager

Maria Borisova

Case Manager

I'm Masha, and I collect puzzles.

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The pieces of the puzzle are so different, and I look at each of them with interest.

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From the whole variety of pieces, I select the best combinations to hold tight, and at the same time, to complement each other's colors, harmonize, and maybe play with contrasts and shades. This is a friendship. Do you understand? I'm amazed and inspired by each of the combinations and the whole big picture, which is constantly changing and getting supplemented with new elements.

Case Manager

Maria Savvo

Case Manager

I am lucky that in each period of my life path I had a mentor next to me. The one who is older, stronger, wiser, and more experienced. The one who is ready to share, comfort, inspire, and believe in my strength.

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Thanks to these people, I now have the resources to be the mentor myself.

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I know for sure that having a mentor is like owning all the treasures of the world, and being a mentor is to know exactly why you need to wake up in the morning!

Case Manager

Elena Kuznetsova

Case Manager

"Do not be afraid that people do not know you, be afraid that you do not know people". These are not my words, they were said by Confucius. However, for many years it has been the motto of my life. It's a great joy to be a part of a unique program where I meet amazing people and help them get to know each other.

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