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 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.
Paul was a leader with CGSA (the InterVarsity fellowship of graduate students at Ohio State) and has served over a decade on our board. He and his wife Jona have effectively led events supporting Christ-centered economic development in Moldova.
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.
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.
Sally, a physics professor who serves students at Purdue University-Fort Wayne, has been a part of our lives since she was a graduate student at Ohio State. As a student her insights were valuable, and now are an asset to our work with Moldova.
Meet a few of our front-line Moldovan friends...
Ghena and Alina Russu
Ghena has led Invest Credit
since its beginning
more than 20 years ago
Slavic and Doina with their children
Slavic is National Director of CSC,
Doina leads CSC work with graduates
Member of CSC board Eurasia Project Coordinator
IFES Global Impact
Valentin and Natalitza Metzger
Valentin, a successful IT entrepreneur,
has been a friend since 1995
In 2003 Anatol was co-founder of CSC
In this 2022 photo he is leading refugee support at the border with Ukraine
Yulia and Vladimir Ubeivolc
Founders of Beginning of Life
Working in a variety of ways to help the most vulnerable
CSC staff Katya at Urbana 2022
Helping at the IFES display with
Saikhanaa and Unuruu from Mongolia