We welcome Jill Tyson to the SII family as our newest board member.

Jill has been married to Steve Tyson since 1986. They have 6 children. Jill has her BA in International Relations/Political Science and MA in Teaching/TESOL and English Philology. She teaches at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and has spent time teaching English to the local immigrant population at home. In October 2009, she obtained CELTA certification in Moscow for teaching English to Adults.

Additionally, she’s been a La Leche League accredited leader since 1991, and was an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for ten years. She is also a Master Gardener.

In 1998, the Tyson family hosted a Belarusian boy who visited the USA with Chernobyl Children’s Program, and Jill began to take interest in Slavic culture and Eastern Europe.

Jill has served on the Board of Chernobyl Children’s Program of Greater Chattanooga since 1999, and has traveled to Belarus many times on behalf of this ministry, working with partner Medicine and Chernobyl in Minsk. Since 2007, she has also served on the board of Children of Chernobyl US Alliance.

Jill met Olga Goncherenko in 2004 while on a trip in Belarus. Since that time, Jill and Olga have had a cooperative relationship in facilitating Stoneworks International Partner, Spring of Revival in their aim to reach Belarusian children for Christ.