We are your team. We are here to support and assist you and your Corps as your communities journey through smooth and muddy roads.
MAJOR VALERIE CARR
DIVISIONAL SECRETARY FOR PROGRAM
Valerie came to the Lord as a teenager through the work of The Salvation Army at the Des Plaines Corps in the Metropolitan Division of Chicago. She has served in multiple corps and divisional appointments, including a term overseas in Spain. She and her husband Jeff have three boys who keep them on their toes! When not working, she can be found with her nose in a book and a good cup of coffee in her hand!
As Divisional Secretary for Program, she leads the department responsible for denominational programming for outreach and discipleship of adults. Her aim is to help people see their full potential in the Kingdom of God so that they might partner with Him in His mission of transformation and renewal.
SAMANTHA DOUGLAS- EVANS
EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Samantha’s favorite color is slate. She could eat Mexican food everyday but won't because she says she would gain too much weight. She really enjoy antiques and is fascinated with the history of objects and people.
As the Executive Administrative Assistant, Samantha provides administrative support to the Program Department and department correspondence. She manages our divisional calendar and takes care of registration logistics for the Program Department divisional events.
DIVISIONAL MUSIC DIRECTOR
Lily Finikin is a Northern Irish born Salvationist. Lily lived in New York City for 10 years where she planted and implanted music programs and initiatives to help support the mission of the Salvation Army. She is passionate about music programming and intentional that music and gospel arts remain an integral part of Salvation Army worship in the Midland Division.
“I have been married to my husband, John, for almost 35 years. We have 2 daughters, one granddaughter, one grandson, 3 great granddaughters and at present 8 fur babies. We are both Sr. soldiers at the St. Louis Gateway Citadel Corps for 35 years. I have lived in St. Louis, MO my entire life and LOVE the St. Louis Cardinals.
I have held the position of Divisional Statistician for almost 26 years and I still enjoy it! If you think I ask too many questions, it is that I want the units to take credit for what they are doing or to create the type of reports that you need.”
CHARLENE LOPEZ YOUNG, MIR
STRATEGIC MISSION INTEGRATION ADMINISTRATOR
Charlene is a Saint Louis City transplant from Los Angeles, California. She loves all things to do with data — research, collection, analytics, visualization…you name it! She even has an Advanced certificate to Tableau (her favorite visualization software)! When she has time, Charlene loves to travel to different countries with her husband, Darren, and go on hiking trips and/or tasting different kinds of food.
As the Strategic Mission Integrator Administrator, Charlene manages the Data Collection “department” (Statistics) and software (STEPs). She gets to share her love for Christ as she helps The Salvation Army set strategic goals that relevantly impact the community around them.
LUSAJO L-A KASYUPA, SR.
I am a blessed husband to my wife, Mrs. Shay Kasyupa. We are blessed with three lovely God-loving children, namely Jerricah, Lusajo Jr and Lusako. I am originally from Tanzania - East Africa, one of the most beautiful places on the planet with the best food and very kind people!
I derive my inspiration for service from an Old Negro Spiritual that says “If I can help somebody as I pass along...then my living is not in vain”
I work as the Re-Entry Specialist with the Salvation Army where we do all we can to serve God’s children and help them as they pursue to re-enter society and make the most of another chance at life. Because in as much as we do to “the least of these” we do it unto HIM.
TRESA FLETCHER, MSW, LSW
DIVISIONAL CORRECTIONS MINISTRY DIRECTOR
“I grew-up in a small town in Indiana, where I was raised with strong Christian values. The essential values that were instilled in me, were passed on through two generations. I enjoy family, friends, learning and spending quality time in the word of God.
I currently serve as the Director of Corrections, seeking to restore justice in our communities and teaching men and women who are justice involved to change their customs, so they can be productive members of society.”
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