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Meet some Second Fiddles

Second Fiddle co-founders Gary and Peggy Nielsen have been blessed to know Moldovans who are on the front lines in the "Missio Dei"—the mission that God is undertaking in Moldova. With support, counsel and oversight from our Board of Directors, our objective is to be available to help where we can, to be attentive so we don't miss what God has to say, to be second fiddles in service to those on the front lines.

Gary Nielsen 
Executive Director
Peggy Nielsen 
Secretary/Treasurer

Gary and Peggy founded Second Fiddle in 2007, in response to a growing need to increase the support they had been providing to Moldovan Christ-followers who are engaged with university students/recent graduates and economic development.

Timothy Corrigan
Director

Timothy, who has a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Northwestern University, has held several academic and ministry positions. With his wife Linette he spent two years with Global Scholars, teaching at a university in China. Currently he leads the InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministry at The Ohio State University. Timothy and Linette have three children.

Mary Gustafson
Director

Mary has been committed to the work of Second Fiddle since its inception. Mary's insights and practical help have made significant contributions to the development of Second Fiddle efforts in Moldova.

Tom Smith
Director

Tom has been a Professor of Business at Hope College since 1993. He and his wife Cheryl, who live in Holland, Michigan, once lived in Romania and Tom has also worked with the Nielsens in Moldova. The Smiths, who have two daughters and four grandchildren, both love to travel and read. 

Jona Hilario
Paul Nichols
Directors

Jona and Paul were active with CGSA (the InterVarsity fellowship of graduate students at Ohio State) and have effectively led events that increase awareness of, and provide financial support for, Christ-centered economic development in Moldova. 

Meet a few of our front-line Moldovan friends...

Rodica Rosior

Member of CSC board  Eurasia Project Coordinator 

IFES Global Impact

Dan and Alexei

Invest Credit staff

Ghena and Alina Russu

Ghena has led Invest Credit

since its beginning 

Slavic and Zina

with InterVarsity's Bob Trube

at IFES 2015 World Assembly

Zina is Team Leader for CSC

in the city of Bălți (northern Moldova)

Slavic and Doina with sons Daniel and Samuel

Slavic is National Director of CSC,

Doina leads CSC work with graduates

Valeriu Ghiletchi

Valeriu is a church leader and former member of Parliament

Valentin and Natalitza Metzger

with Peggy

Valentin, a successful IT entrepreneur,

has been a friend since 1995