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The Salvation Army Staff

We have a dynamic staff committed to make a difference in the lives of citizens in Wake County. They are each experts in their respective fields and areas of discipline. 

Christine Shaw Long has been passionately working with The Salvation Army of Wake County for eight years. In her current role as Director of Social Ministries, Christine manages the shelter for women with children and operates a number of crisis assistance programs open to the community. 

Christine sits on the boards of the Triangle Disability Advocates, the North Carolina State University School of Social Work, and serves on the North Carolina Human Trafficking Comission. Her previous board involvement includes Prevent Child Abuse, Circle of Parents and the Wake Housing and Homeless Coalition. Christine has also been instrumental in the planning and implementation of the 10-year plan to end homelessness in Wake County. She received her Bachelor's and Master's of Social Work degrees from East Carolina University.

Harold Clyburn serves as the Family Store Manager for The Salvation Army of Wake County. Harold's story is truly inspiring and beautifully reflects life-changing mission of The Salvation Army. After serving in the US Army for over a decade, Harold battled addiction and crime for many years, leading to eight years of incarceration. Upon his release in 2000, Harold found comfort, strength and renewed hope from The Salvation Army of Virginia Beach (VA). He began working for Family Store in Virginia as a helper and sorter, and swiftly worked his way up to Store Manager, joining the Raleigh store in December 2007.

Harold attributes The Salvation Army with saving his life and leading him back to the arms of the Lord. He rededicated his life to God and has made it a priority to help those struggling with addiction and hopelessness. He and his wife live in Raleigh and attend The Salvation Army Church in Wake County. Harold is currently attending CTU (Colorado Technical University) for a BS degree in Business Administration.

Sarah Smith-Ruiz is a true advocate for children. She began working with The Salvation Army of Wake County in 2006 as a Child Case Manager. She continues to help guide and foster children in their growth and development as the Program Director of The Salvation Army's After School Program

Sarah is an Army Veteran and received her degree in Early Childhood Education. She grew up in Garner, NC and now resides in Raleigh with her family. She spends her free time volunteering as a Troop Leader with Girls Scouts, King of Court Tennis Ministries and running in local 5k fun runs. Sarah is also a coach for Girls on the Run.

Lizzy Adams currently serves as the Director of Public Relations & Communications, striving to promote the mission of The Salvation Army in Wake County. She earned her Bachelor's in Public & Interpersonal Communication from North Carolina State University in 2008 and is currently working towards a Master of Science in Communication at NC State. 

Jennifer Tisdale is the Project CATCH Coordinator. She is passionate about helping our most vulnerable population: children experiencing homelessness. She has dual masters degrees in Public Health and Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill. She joined the Project CATCH team in October 2013 and is currently based at the Salvation Army in Wake County, NC. Jennifer is coordinating Project CATCH in Raleigh, where she is working with a case management team and ten additional agency partners serving the homeless. Jennifer has spoken locally and nationally at conferences on Project CATCH, and is currently facilitating training on Trauma Informed Services for agency partners.  

Margaux Austin is the Volunteer, Social Media, and Gifts In Kind Coordinator. She hails from Raleigh and attended Appalachian State University, where she majored in nonprofit public relations. Margaux has a strong passion for serving the local community and loves being involved with nonprofits, helping them grow and reach new heights. She joined the Army in the Summer 2015. She came to us from HopeLine, a local crisis call center, where she served as their Executive Director, after serving as their volunteer coordinator. 

Katie Gonzalez serves as the Shelter Program Director where she strives to promote a safe and welcoming environment for the families staying within the women with children shelter program.  She began working for The Salvation Army of Wake County immediately after completion of her Master's in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, a joint program, in 2010.  She grew up in Asheboro, NC, but has resided in Raleigh since attending North Carolina State University where she received her Bachelor's in Social Work in 2009.  

Jere Schramm is currently our Athletic Director at the Community Center. He coordinates Winter Basketball, Baseball, Summer Basketball, Soccer, and Flag Football, where nearly 100  coaches volunteer to coach almost 1200 kids per year - all with in a safe and Christian environment. In addition, he coordinates outside gym rentals and Be ALL FOR CHRIST basketball clinic's, as well as led the Red Kettle Campaign efforts the past two years!  Jere is a member of The Salvation Army Corps (church) for over 50 years and plays in the brass band. Prior to working at the Army, Jere managed car rental business for 30 years and did property management for 10 years. He previously lived in Ohio, NYC, Kentucky, Maryland, and Florida. He now resides in Raleigh with his wife married and enjoys the company of his 4 adult children and 1 grandson.