About Us

Our National Advisory Board SAWSO Task Force


The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) Task Force, created in April 2013, is comprised of leaders in business, industry and philanthropy that provide guidance for implementing SAWSO's strategy, developing partnerships and individual and foundation/corporate donor bases, and measuring the plan’s success.


Gaddi Vasquez
Senior VP, Government Affairs
Edison International

Gary Brown
Mount West Investments

Michael Ducker
President and CEO
FedEx Freight

David Frauenshuh 
Frauenshuh Companies

Diane Paddison      

Frank Vizcarra      
The Vizcarra Consulting Group LLC

Ex Officio Member
Robert Byers
The Byers Foundation


Diane Paddison – A Leader in Women’s Empowerment

SAWSO Task Force member Diane Paddison, former Global Executive Team member of two Fortune 500 and one Fortune 1000 companies, CBRE, ProLogis, and  Trammell Crow Company, respectively, created 4word – an organization devoted specifically to mentoring and encouraging Christian professional women to find balance in their careers, relationships and faith.

“ I am passionate about programs that empower women,” Paddison said. “When you take women out of poverty and educate and empower them, research has shown the women put two times the investment back into their families and communities as men.”

SAWSO and 4word recently formed a partnership that provides 4word members the opportunity to designate a portion of their membership fees to SAWSO, specifically in support of women’s empowerment.

“We are so excited to partner with SAWSO around programs that empower women,” she said. “I would like all of the women involved in 4word to be involved in serving and giving. It is one of the principles of 4word. By providing an opportunity to give 10% of their membership fee to SAWSO, we hope to promote giving and empower women worldwide.”

4word is the only global marketplace ministry serving women, led by women, and currently has 14 local groups in the U.S.  The organization’s website, www.4wordwomen.org, also provides the opportunity to apply for a global mentor program.  

Said Paddison, “Our vision is to help women deepen their faith, prioritize relationships, and see God’s calling where they are working.”

Diane Paddison