Zoran & Jennifer Naskov
Zoran and Jennifer Naskov, co-founders of Lighthouse of Hope MK, have a heart for children from hard places, which was formed through their years as therapeutic foster parents licensed in North Carolina.
Zoran, originally from Macedonia (Yugoslavia), has a passion for growing leaders in the knowledge work industry, as a business owner with offices in several countries. Despite his busy schedule, he finds time to spend with his family, including his wife Jennifer and their four children. After spending 25 years in the United States, first in Florida and then in North Carolina, he and his family relocated to beautiful North Macedonia.
Jennifer, a native Floridian, is known for her boundless energy and quick smile, making her a natural fit for working with children. She shares her husband's passion for helping vulnerable children and feels privileged to be part of the positive changes happening in North Macedonia, particularly in regards to child welfare and social inclusion.
Together, Zoran and Jennifer continue to use their resources and skills to provide love and support to children in need, both in North Macedonia and beyond.
Nastassia is currently living in Europe with a job in marketing as she works towards her goal of opening up a bed and breakfast-style debriefing center for expats, non-profit volunteers, and their families. She has used her many gifts and talents to volunteer with children in India, Slovenia, and Thailand, as well as volunteering at the local public orphanage in Macedonia from 2017-2019.
In the future, Nastassia plans to use her experiences as a Third Culture Kid and her and her counseling and attachment experience to open a therapeutic retreat center for expats, NGO volunteers, and their families, so that she can provide debriefing in an effort to reduce burnout and help them remain on the field.
Mike Kozlinski founded Grace Abounds Biblical Counseling. Since December 2012, Mike has been partnering with LIFE Fellowship and regularly attends the church throughout the week.
With a deep compassion for helping others navigate through life's difficulties, Mike walks alongside individuals, couples, and families. He believes in providing support and guidance to help them overcome their challenges, become healthier, and strengthen their relationship with God.
When not counseling, Mike enjoys watching adventure movies, reading theology books, discussing politics and culture, playing sports, and sharing his sense of humor. He and his wife, Misty, have five children: Stacey (miscarried), Seth, Luke, Abigail, and Zach.
Kassie is passionate about caring for children and has made it a crucial part of her life. As the Director of Children and Teens at Cornerstone Fellowship, she has led Terrific Tuesdays, Vacation Bible Schools, Sunday School classes, All Stars for Jesus, and more. Kassie has also shared her love for children with kids in Slovenia, Thailand, and India.
Kassie, along with her husband Adam and their four-legged companions, call Western North Carolina home. She and Adam have two sons, Chance and Blake, who have both found love and happiness with their wives, Lauren and Kyleigh. Kassie's heart is full of joy as she recently became a grandmother for the first time, with the arrival of her grandson, Cooper, in July 2021.
Melinda is a passionate individual who not only excels in her work as a paralegal at a mid-sized law firm in Florida, but also makes time for the things she loves. When she is not working, Melinda enjoys spending quality time with her family and close friends, exploring new places and cultures through travel, and getting lost in a good book.
In addition to her personal pursuits, Melinda is deeply invested in advocating for the millions of individuals who are currently or have been affected by human trafficking. With a global and local approach, she actively seeks to serve and love this vulnerable population. Melinda's dedication to social justice also extends to her involvement in the Connect Team at her church, as well as seeking out opportunities to serve those around her in any way she can.
Bradlie Pokrandt was born into a military family in South Korea and has spent the majority of her life moving all around the world. She has had a variety of work experiences, from military lodgings to physical rehabilitation facilities to tax preparation, and even a stint in a potato chip factory!
Along with her life experiences, Bradlie has personal, hands-on experience with people who have special needs. She has volunteered in various organizations like school libraries, cub scouts, and youth ministries. Bradlie and her family recently moved back to Ohio to care for Andy's mother who was diagnosed with stage four cancer. With her experience in health care, Bradlie was ready and able to help her mother-in-law in her hospice care. Now she spends her days caring for her family and is a valuable member of the Lighthouse of Hope board. She enjoys having coffee and playing board games or sharing yummy chocolate and good stories.