Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors, there is safety. Proverbs 11:14
Few organizations are more dependent on their boards or advisory organizations than The Salvation Army. As the Army has grown to be the oldest and largest service organization of its kind, it has also become increasingly complex. Its unique structure, diverse relationships, and multiplicity of programs have added to its complex nature. This is further compounded by the confidence placed upon the organization by the general public with its increasing demands to undertake a variety of additional community services. The Salvation Army wisely concluded many years ago that these responsibilities were beyond the capabilities of its officers to manage without significant support from local community leaders.
Advisory boards are absolutely essential in the work and acceptance of The Salvation Army in the communities in which they serve. These boards are no longer simply helpful to The Salvation Army, but are imperative to the work, progress, and life of it. The wisdom of involving key, influential leaders of the community in the work of the Army is obvious, and has proved itself many times over.
The continuity of The Salvation Army’s work in a community is largely dependent upon the strength of the advisory board. The Salvation Army needs the wisdom, involvement and support of its advisory organizations. When consideration is given to the complexity of community needs, changing funding trends, increased government relationships, all complicated by the growing imposition of conflicting moral philosophies, it is critical that The Salvation Army be supported by strong, loyal, and involved advisory boards.
(from the Advisory Organizations Training Manual)
2018 Advisory Board Members
Leo Simard, St. Mary's Bank
Roxy Baker, Merchants Automotive Group
Justin Boufford, Boyd & Boufford Insurance Agency
Yvonne Gosselin, retired
Alan Heacock, LPL Financial Investment
Immediate past chair
Erik Lesniak, New Hampshire Fisher Cats
James Martin, AmeriGas Propane
David Neudorff, Corflex
Cathy Pouliot, TD Bank
Jeffrey Rowell, GZA Geoenvironmental
Shannon Sullivan, New Hampshire Union Leader
Steve White, Berkshire Hathaway Verani Realty
Bob Bosse, Bossie, Kelly, Hodes & Buckley