Evelyn Puerto left a career in health care planning to serve as a missionary for seven years in Russia. On her return to the US, she worked in missions and not-for-profit management. Her missions work has taken her to many countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa, but she feels the greatest bond with Russia and Ukraine, and she especially misses the hours she spent drinking tea with the friends she made there. Following her return to the US, she got married, inheriting three stepdaughters, two step-grandsons and a cat. She and her husband Tony live in St. Louis, Missouri.