Majors Bethany and Todd Hawks assumed the role as North Texas Area Commanders in June 2020. They oversee one of The Salvation Army USA's largest Area Commands, covering a five-county region: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis and Tarrant Counties. Operations include 30 Salvation Army officers, more than 200 staff members, and a budget of $41 million to deliver an extensive range of compassionate services and spiritual programs to meet human need without discrimination.
The North Texas Area Commanders are responsible for a faith-based nonprofit organization that includes 13 community centers, four homeless shelters, two apartment buildings for senior citizens, two social service centers, and two Christmas assistance centers.
Jay Dunn is the managing director of The Salvation Army of North Texas. He is responsible for charitable operations including fundraising, business administration, and programming and is leading activities to develop financial resources, renovate and build facilities, increase investments in employees, integrate spiritual care and social services, collaborate with other service organizations, and expand outcomes-oriented programming.
Before assuming his role as managing director, Jay worked as a consultant to facilitate The Salvation Army’s development of a vision and long-range plan for Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, and Tarrant Counties – to be one Army with many fronts helping North Texans combat poverty, addiction, and homelessness and achieve and maintain sufficiency.
Christina Cavalier is the Senior Director of Community Relations. In her role, she leads marketing and public relations initiatives and manages relationships with donors and volunteers to oversee fundraising campaigns and events that provide essential financial resources to the organization throughout the year.
In addition to leading campaign initiatives, she is the point person in the five-county region for building relationships and maintaining relationships with corporate partners, foundations, and donors. Over the past decade, Christina has been a thought leader in the nonprofit space for effective fundraising and corporate relations.
Blake Fetterman is the executive director of the Carr P. Collins Social Service Center. Located in Dallas, the 161,000-square-foot facility is the region’s largest center of operation that shelters homeless populations and that provides 24/7 support to our neighbors in their fight against addiction and poverty.
In addition to overseeing the Carr P. Collins Social Service Center, she’s the point person in the five-county region for building relationships with policymakers, assessing needs in local communities, and developing concepts that lead to long-term sustainability.
In 2019, Blake led The Salvation Army’s rezoning efforts with the City of Dallas and captured widespread support from elected officials, community stakeholders, and philanthropic leaders that helped lead to building Dallas’s first large-scale homeless shelter in over 30 years.
Shannon Howard is the senior director of business administration. She leads the financial, accounting, property, human resources, and information technology functions for the North Texas Area Command by providing strategic direction and efficiencies to support social service programs and fundraising campaigns.
With two decades of experience, Shannon has become an expert in the nonprofit space for business administration initiatives. Before joining The Salvation Army of North Texas Area Command in 2008, she was the corps accountant at the Eastern Michigan Divisional Headquarters and associate chief accountant at the Texas Divisional Headquarters. Shannon proudly began her career working at a Salvation Army children’s home in Santiago, Chile.
Sherrie Roberts is the Doswell Foundation Area Director of Children & Youth Programs. She oversees the operations of all Salvation Army-led children and youth programs in North Texas, including The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Arlington Youth Education Town and Project Tomorrow Christian School Programs, Summer Day Camp, and After-School Programs.
The Salvation Army’s initiatives and mission are what she’s most passionate about, especially when it involves youth development. Sherrie brings over 13 years of supervisor experience in children and youth development, as well as programs.
Beckie Wach is the executive director of adult and family programs. In her role, Beckie is also responsible for directing staff selection, policy and procedure development, and compliance at The Salvation Army of North Texas’s 21 centers of operation across Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, and Tarrant Counties.
She leads the planning, development, administration, and supervision of the organization’s adult and family services, which includes behavioral health, shelter and housing, social work and social services, childcare services, health services, and food service activities.
With over 25 years of nonprofit experience, Beckie is passionate about youth development, coaching, and crisis intervention. She has been tapped for her expertise on several issues related to domestic violence and human trafficking at the local and national level.