Elena is in charge of Desana’s Russian Projects, Discovered through a mutual friend. Elena’s work with Russian orphans began many years ago. She lived in Texas for a short time, but is now based in Russia full-time. Elena has been active in helping orphaned children in her home town of Nizhny Tagil, as well as in Ziamka and Karpinsk. Her dedication to the children of the Russian orphanage system continues to inspire all of us at Desana. View photos of our Russian Projects here.