Lt. Colonel George L. Baker National Secretary (Executive Director)
Lt. Colonel George Baker entered his appointment as National Secretary for The Salvation Army World Service Office on September 1, 2021. Since his commissioning as an officer in 1983, Lt. Colonel Baker has served as a Corps officer in six Corps in the Army’s Western Territory in Hawaii (Kahului), Arizona (Apache Junction, Prescott), Colorado (Greeley, Grand Junction) and Wyoming (Casper). Following his time as a Corps Officer, Lt. Colonel Baker began a 13-year period of service in Divisional appointments serving as Divisional Youth Secretary and Divisional Secretary for Business in the Southern California Division (Los Angeles); Divisional Secretary of the Intermountain Division (Denver); and Divisional Commander for the Alaska Division (Anchorage), Sierra Del Mar Division (San Diego), and South & Mid Wales Division (Wales, UK), prior to receiving his current appointment.
Lt. Colonel Baker is a veteran of the United States Navy and has attended The Salvation Army’s International College for Officers in London, England.
Lt. Colonel Baker, along with his wife Lt. Colonel Jeanne Baker, have four children and seven grandchildren who all live in the western part of the United States in Oregon, Colorado, and Arizona. The Bakers enjoy spending time with family, exploring the great outdoors, and traveling to new places.
Bramwell Bailey Assistant National Secretary
Bram Bailey currently serves as the Assistant National Secretary for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). In this role, he directs and coordinates all program sections in the office. These include community health, education, livelihoods, disaster relief and anti-human trafficking.
Bram works with staff to provide technical support to Salvation Army programs worldwide, and to facilitate partnerships with other development agencies. His work has included programs on nearly every continent.
He has experience in relief work in Southeast Asia, Haiti, Japan and the Philippines. He has served on several boards including participating and co-chairing of The CORE Group, an association of international non-governmental organizations that work to promote and improve the health and well-being of children and families.
Bram holds a master’s degree in International Educational Development. He speaks English and Spanish.
Douglas Bell Senior Technical Advisor for Education
Doug Bell is a Senior Technical Advisor for Education for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). He has 28 years’ experience in education and training, with the last 16 years in international development, including for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) projects and organizations such as World Vision.
He has served in Director and Senior Education Advisor roles on several basic education projects in countries such as Indonesia, Tanzania, Guatemala, India, Laos, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Somaliland and Papua New Guinea. Among his program specializations are early grade literacy, education management, teacher professional development, ICT and education and community engagement. His focus has consistently been in local capacity development and localized sustainable solutions.
He earned a M.Ed. in Instructional Design & Technology from The University of Virginia (1991) and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology (1987) from George Mason University.
Justin Boswell Director of Operations
As the Director of Operations, Justin monitors the implementation of SAWSO’s strategic plan, drives the established framework for organizational effectiveness, and oversees goals, principles and standards for knowledge and performance management. Additionally, he develops and maintains policies and procedures for SAWSO, monitors project agreements and contracts to ensure organizational and partner compliance and supports program and finance staff in the management of projects. Whether it’s enhancing an internal process or designing new business tools and applications, Justin focuses on improving systems and overall organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
With over twenty years of experience working in for-profit and non-profit organizations, Justin's background includes human resources and project accounting. Early in his career, Justin lived in Ecuador and taught English, partnering with organizations such as the Fulbright Commission, Map International and Yachana.
As an avid outdoorsman residing in Alexandria, Virginia, Justin enjoys hiking, cycling, fishing, running, and camping.
Mary Bryant Staff Accountant
Mary Bryant is a staff accountant at The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). She came to SAWSO in 1987 as a secretary shortly before graduating from Jefferson Business College. Her desire to have a job at SAWSO was greatly influenced and continues to be from the Salvation Army’s reputation of serving God and helping people -- Heart to God and Hand to Man. It is most rewarding to work in a Christian family oriented environment and to know that even the simplest thing you do is helping to make somebody’s life better around the world.
Arnel Cervantes Project Accountant
Arnel spent his prime years in the armed forces of the Philippines before migrating to the US. He served as an infantry, engineer, logistics and finance officer. He started as a platoon leader operating in the farthest outpost in the southern area of the country confronting both the threats from both separatists and insurgents groups and moved up slowly to occupy operational and strategic posts in a span of 20 years. Through the years, he has seen the challenges of poverty, wars and social injustice, and how they impede the potentials of a person, community, and, to a larger extent, a nation.
His military career was cut short with his family’s immigration to the US where, by the stroke of God’s hands, found him in a new “army” – The Salvation Army. As a Project Accountant for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), he’s in quite a different role from the regimented life that used to belong but finds fulfillment in trying to help change the world.
Arnel is married to Belle whose passion for teaching kids with special needs is indisputable and a father to three sons who are glad to learn various sports, skills and Christian values from their father. Arnel believes that “only one’s best is good enough to accomplish a mission”.
Tina Chong Executive Secretary
Tina Chong serves as the executive secretary to The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). She has a background working as a security professional, serving as the liaison for several government contracting companies in a career spanning over 23 years.
She is married to Jin Chong, the information technology director for The Salvation Army National Headquarters, who has served NHQ since 2006. They have two growing children currently in high school who aspire to be a photographer and a Broadway actor.
Ronald Daoang Senior Accountant
Ronald Daoang has worked for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) for more than ten years and currently serves as the Senior Accountant responsible for generating various financial reports for management use. He also manages SAWSO’s Accounting System as well as oversees the banking transactions including wire transfer to Salvation Army offices overseas. He is a dedicated staff member and is truly “Doing the Most Good” as a good steward of donor’s money.
Ronald has more than twenty years of experience in various business sectors earning him full understanding of the different areas and functions of financial and general accounting, auditing, budgeting, contract management, bank control and cash management. This includes full knowledge of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). He received his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at Northwestern University-Philippines in 1992 and passed the Philippine Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Licensure Examinations in the same year.
Ronald is an immigrant from the Philippines and has lived in Annandale, Virginia since 2009.
Ellen Farnham Controller
Ellen Farnham serves as Controller for the Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). In this role the Finance Team is responsible for the stewardship of funds received and disbursed internationally where The Salvation Army serves. In addition Ellen provides fiscal management oversight of an $18+ million budget. As Controller she is responsible for SAWSO’s financial management systems, internal controls and reports, budgeting functions and financial audits of SAWSO’s activities.
With over 25 years in the Finance and Accounting arena, Ellen has served as Controller/VP of Business Relations for the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and Business Manager for the Washington Business Journal, managing budgets from $5 million to $16 million.
Ellen earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Southern NH University and is a certified public accountant. It is an honor and privilege to be able to continue God’s work by making a difference in the lives of those supported and served by The Salvation Army.
Patience Fielding, Ph.D. Senior Technical Advisor for Education
Dr. Patience Fielding is a senior educationist with over 20 years of experience supporting teaching, learning, and human capacity development programs around the world.
Patience holds a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on International Development from the University of California at Berkeley, a Masters degree in Educational Technology from San Jose State University, and a Bachelors degree in English and French from the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon.
She also holds teaching certifications in Instructional Technology, Adult Education, English, and French from the State of California and a certificate for teaching French to speakers of other languages from the Centre for Applied Linguistics (CLA) in Besançon, France, one of the world's leading schools for French linguistics and teaching French as a foreign language. Her credentials also include teaching certifications in secondary and high school from the Ministry of Education in Cameroon.
As an educationist, Patience has collaborated with policy makers, global donors, practitioners, program implementers, ministries of education, schools, teachers and community organizations to improve policy, design, implementation and evaluation of education programs that increase equitable access to quality learning opportunities in urban, rural, conflict, and post conflict regions.
Using her thorough knowledge of instructional design theory, research, and practice, Patience has taken a full range of learning, development, and customized training activities for instructor-led, web-based training and learning programs, including design and development of instructional plans, delivery of training, and evaluation of program for effectiveness. She has also advised on appropriate approaches to improve the impact, scale, and sustainability of education programs in rural, urban, conflict, and post-conflict settings.
Lisa Firth Senior Technical Advisor for Health
Lisa Firth serves as a Health Technical Advisor for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), where she supports US-funded health projects run by Salvation Army territories overseas. Prior to joining SAWSO in 2013, Dr. Firth worked as a Program Development Advisor for Samaritan’s Purse and as Assistant Director of International AIDS Programs at World Relief. This followed a 20-year career in US domestic public health, culminating with five years in charge of maternal and child health services for the City of Baltimore as Assistant Commissioner of Health.
Lisa received her medical degree from the University of London and worked for six years in the British National Health Service, training in OB/GYN at university hospitals in London and Oxford, with an elective year in pediatrics. She also holds a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Lisa and her husband, Chris Giel, live in Annapolis, Maryland. They have two young adult children and are members of Bay Ridge Christian Church where, when not visiting Salvation Army health projects in Africa and Asia, Lisa supports the congregation's overseas mission work. She also volunteers with The Maryland State Boychoir.
Jessica Horwood Technical Advisor for Livelihoods/Agriculture
Jessica Horwood serves as the Technical Advisor for Livelihoods/Agriculture with The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), overseeing project designed to help people become productive, successful members of their communities. Among her success stories is Kenya's WORTH program, which provides microfinance services and teaches job skills, literacy and numeracy, and business skills to women. Many WORTH participants go on to become entrepreneurs, small business owners and employers, strengthening the economies of their entire communities.
Prior to working at SAWSO, Jessica worked as a project officer in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she managed a number of projects relating to anti-trafficking, agriculture and microcredit. She then worked as project officer in Haiti coordinating The Salvation Army’s post-earthquake recovery programs. Jessica has a BA in Anthropology and International Development from University of Sussex and a Master’s in Sustainable Development Practice from University of Florida. She spent most of her childhood in Africa, so she is proud to be working for an organization that serves the marginalized in society and fights injustice. In her free time, Jessica enjoys gardening, biking, hiking and enjoying this beautiful earth.
Charles Kane Project Accountant
Charles Kane serves as Project Accountant with The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). His career experience includes serving in the public and non-profit sectors. Charles is a native Washingtonian and he has had the privilege of serving and helping strengthen families in the inner city with non-profit organizations such as Edgewood Brookland Family Support Collaborative and Catholic Charities Washington, DC.
Charles is thankful for being able to help God's people internationally through the mission of The Salvation Army. He is married to Monica where they both enjoy mentoring married couples in achieving financial freedom through the application of biblical principles. Charles also enjoys creating memorable moments through the spirit of laughter.
Aimal Murady Project Manager
Aimal Murady is an international development practitioner with expertise in program management, capacity building and stakeholder management with nonprofits, international development organizations and federal agencies. He has managed capacity building and community development programs supported by major donors like the USAID and U.S. Department of State. He was managing the largest Rule of Law capacity building program in Afghanistan funded by U.S. Department of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
As a project manager at SAWSO, Aimal is responsible for shepherding community development projects including coordinating proposal development, project implementation, reporting and documentation, stakeholder engagement and project closing.
Aimal has worked and lived in South Asia and speaks several South Asian languages including Dari, Pashto, Hindi, Tamil and Urdo. He has a master’s degree in Political Science with a focus on public policy and international relations from University of Pune in India.
Aimal enjoys cooking, music, hiking, cycling, and spending time with family!
Guisela Rojas-Rolon Project Accountant
Mrs. Guisela Rojas-Rolon has been employed by The Salvation Army for twenty-five years, working at National Headquarters, Alexandria, Virginia; the Puerto Rico Division, Eastern Territory; and her current position as Project Accountant for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO).
She also worked at the Panamerican Development Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists vulnerable and excluded communities in the Americas for four years. As the Project Officer for the Tools and Training Program, she assisted with in-kind donations of tools, medical and dental equipment that benefit health facilities and vocational training schools in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Guisela began her employment at National Headquarters in Alexandria, VA first in the Resource Center and then in the Finance Department. In the Finance Department, she was promoted several times from Financial Assistant to Payroll/Accounts Receivable accountant, and finally Chief Accountant. She moved to Puerto Rico to work at The Salvation Army Puerto Rico Division. In the nine years that she worked at the Puerto Rico Divisional Headquarters, Guisela held the position of Divisional Accountant for three years before being promoted to Assistant to the Finance Director. She believes that the international nature of The Salvation Army provides opportunities for service and helping people everywhere, irrespective of the location where one is employed. In June 2014 Guisela moved back to Virginia and joined the SAWSO Team.
Guisela is from Nicaragua. She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua. She has also earned a Bachelors Degree in Accounting. She is fully Bi-lingual (English and Spanish). She currently resides in Alexandria, VA with her family and dogs.
Rebecca Schwartz Technical Advisor for International Business and Economic Development
Rebecca Schwartz is a forward thinking, proactive leader with 10+ years of experience providing visionary guidance, advancing humanitarian operations, community-driven programs, and funding opportunities from USAID/OFDA, European Union, US Department of State, and the United Nations.
Rebecca has a reputation for leveraging diplomacy and cross-cultural skills to mobilize local resources to support organizational sustainability. She has utilized this expertise to secure and coordinate complex operational decisions to meet the demands of some of the most desperate populations in Central Africa, the Middle East and the Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) region. She is excited to leverage the skills she has honed in program development and management; communications, resource mobilization, partnership building, and streamlining processes to partner with the Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) in supporting sustainable organizations of their partners worldwide.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Nyack College and a Master of Science in Global Affairs with specialization in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance from New York University. Rebecca enjoys traveling, music, and teaching Public Speaking at the City University of New York (CUNY).
Tameka Sharp Senior Technical Advisor for International Disaster Relief and Recovery
Tameka Sharp is the Senior Technical Advisor for International Disaster Relief and Recovery for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), providing a range of strategic advisory, capacity-building, and resource development assistance to The Salvation Army territories.
She has a combined 10 years’ experience in Emergency and Disaster Management in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. She served as a Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Program Specialist for four years where she supported disaster response and recovery and partnership development. In her role as EDS Program Specialist, she deployed to the FEMA National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) for Level 1 and 2 activations, most notably, for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Dorian and COVID 19. She also supported The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Dorian recovery program in Freeport, Bahamas. Currently, Tameka serves as The Salvation Army National Member Representative on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) Board of Directors.
Prior to The Salvation Army, Tameka worked in healthcare emergency management and supported long term recovery efforts in New York City post-Hurricane Sandy.
A graduate of the University of North Alabama, Ms. Sharp obtained her MPA in Emergency and Disaster Management from Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). She received her Certified Emergency Management (CEM) designation through the International Association of Emergency Management (IAEM) in 2018. In her free time, Tameka volunteers serving refugees resettled in the United States.
Lisa Slavovsky Senior Technical Advisor for Anti-Human Trafficking
Lisa is social worker with over 20 years of experience working within the anti-trafficking and child protection sectors. Prior to joining SAWSO, Lisa worked at International Justice Mission (IJM) as a Senior Survivor Services Specialist providing strategic advisory, program development and resource support to cross-discipline teams across Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe to build survivor-informed program strategies to address sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and other forms of violence. For six years, Lisa lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, leading IJM’s social work team to provide crisis intervention and holistic case management to survivors of sex trafficking. Her particular areas of expertise are equipping trauma-informed approaches to criminal justice and social service system responses to trafficking and developing survivor-centered case management models.
Lisa holds an MSW from the University of Michigan and Certificate of Traumatic Stress Studies from JRI. Prior to entering the anti-trafficking sector, Lisa worked in foster care in Atlanta, Georgia, and she fuels her continued passion for the empowerment of foster youth through serving as a CASA in Washington, DC and volunteering with DC127, a DC-based non-profit dedicated to protecting children and empowering and preserving families.
Damon Winters Director for International Business and Economic Development
Damon Winters serves as the Director for International Business and Economic Development with the Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). Working closely with regional and country-level Salvation Army commands around the world, he’s responsible for empowering their financial independence and the sustainability of programs through strategic capacity building and new income generation. This work focuses on iterative innovation, discovery and leveraging of competitive advantages, and growth through collaborative systems.
Damon has personal and professional overseas experience including 18 months in Haiti assisting with recovery and redevelopment after the 2010 earthquake. His career includes working in microfinance and small business development with marginalized communities throughout Chicago, all levels of fundraising and resource development, relationship management, and teaching entrepreneurship at Wheaton College.
He holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago and speaks English and Spanish. He spends any spare time reading, growing food, sailing, or watching Chicago sports.