Territorial Coordinator for Strategic Mission Planning/President of Women’s Ministries: Commissioner Carol Seiler
The Seilers were commissioned as officers in June 1981 in the Western Territory. After 25 years they were appointed to the Central Territory in July of 2006, becoming territorial leaders May of 2010. Carol received a master’s in public health in 1986 and in nursing in 2000, where she obtained certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Carol was appointed where her nursing public and mental health experience was used, establishing and sustaining HIV/AIDS education and programming from 1987-1993. She helped develop Bethesda House, the first AIDS shelter program for families, opened in 1990 in Los Angeles. In 1994 she was appointed Divisional Social Services Secretary for Southern California, then DSSS in Seattle in 1997.
In 2000, they were appointed divisional leaders based in Portland, OR, then Paul became the Secretary for Personnel in 2002. Carol then worked as the Assistant Chief Secretary for Strategic Planning. They took on the divisional leadership of Southern California from 2004 – 2006 prior to being appointed to the Central Territory. She has remained active formally and informally in Social Services since 1987, including working with the Central Territory team to develop Pathway of Hope as a key missional impact for our Emergency Assistance. They have two married daughters and 6 grandchildren living in Pasadena and Seattle.
“If you knew me you would know..” I regularly ask questions for clarification that might get under your skin, but they’re just part of thinking analytically.
“My favorite thing about the Midwest is…” I feel more athletic because I can ride my bike longer and further because of the geography … and the people are really nice too.
Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries: Colonel Dorothy Smith
“I have been an officer for 30 years but began going to women’s ministries with my mom at the age of six weeks, probably. All those women ingrained women’s ministries into my life – and I saw how the women supported each other while having fun, raising money and doing important service. Times have changed and women’s ministries looks different now, but the same vehicles of fellowship, worship, education and service still resonate.
My goals as Territorial Women’s Ministries Secretary are to equip women to lead; to elevate and empower them for ministry to women and others, and to enjoy the process of lives transforming through Jesus Christ, together.”
“If you knew me you would know..” I love to laugh and am always the first to laugh in the movies, I like physical comedy, and laugh at almost any joke or even mildly funny story.”
“My favorite thing about the Midwest is…” the people. They’re the best!
Assistant Secretary for Women’s Ministries: Major Joyce Gauthier
Major Joyce grew up in the small town of Chillicothe MO and attended The Salvation Army with her family. In 1979 she was commissioned with the Joyful Evangelist Session and married Lt. Robert Gauthier one week later.
Together the Gauthier’s served as Corps Officers in Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois for a total of thirty years.
Major Joyce has served as Assistant Territorial Women’s Ministries Secretary, Assistant Divisional Program Secretary of the Metropolitan Division and is currently serving again as the Assistant Territorial WM Secretary.
Having been involved in Women’s Ministries since she was a teenager and a corps officer so many years, she has had lots of experience in planning, participating and promoting programs for women and is even now involved in Women’s Ministries at the corps which she attends.
Over the years she has participated in service clubs, conferences, continuing education, but the most important thing is that she loves the Lord with all her heart and strives to lead others to Him.
The Gauthier’s have four grown children and eight grandchildren.
“If you knew me you would know..” I love to bake! Cookies, cinnamon rolls, and cakes are my favorite things to bake, however, I don’t mind baking casseroles either.
“My favorite thing about the Midwest is…” The changing seasons. I love all of the seasons and the holidays that fall within them. There is a saying that if you don’t like the weather, stick around awhile and it will change.
Department Administrative Assistant: Sharon Collins
Sharon Collins accepted Christ at a very young age. With a background in nonprofit and philanthropy, the only knowledge of The Salvation Army was through thrift stores and monetary donations. Determining where the future would lead in her professional life, Sharon was offered a position at The Salvation Army. “It was truly a gift from God.” Sharon began her employment with The Salvation Army in the Secretary for Personnel’s office and after a few years, accepted a position in the Women’s Ministries Department. After volunteering for over 3 years at the food pantry and during the Christmas season at The Oakbrook Terrace corps, Sharon was invited to visit the corps for Sunday morning service and has been there ever since. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys meditation, poetry, and spending time with loved ones.
Favorite scripture: ‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.’ (Phillipians 2:3-4, NIV)
If you knew me, you would know – I was born on the south side of Chicago; however, I’m a north sider at heart. Go Cubs!!!
My favorite thing about the Midwest – Are the landmarks – there’s always a cool place to visit.
Women’s Ministries Program Specialist: Sarah Micula
Sarah Micula has a lifelong history in the Salvation Army. Over the years Sarah immersed herself in the programs the Salvation Army offered, particularly the overseas missions programs. These involvements led to her first full-time position in the Army, as the Sponsorship Coordinator for the World Missions Department at Territorial Headquarters. After five years advocating for children in the care of Army programs worldwide Sarah decided to put her degree in fashion merchandising to good use and began working for the Chicago Northside Adult Rehabilitation Center thrift stores, supervising nine stores. Now Sarah is back at Territorial Headquarters fulfilling God’s latest calling on her life, women’s ministries. Sarah keeps busy and engaged by managing the department’s social media outlets, planning the annual territorial women’s mission team and curating the women’s community program Embrace. As the women’s ministries secretary at her corps she practices what she preaches and eagerly and loyally learns from those that have blazed the trials ahead of her. Sarah loves seeing women unite together for the kingdom of God and seeing women encouraging one another to become the woman God created them to be. Sarah still calls Michigan ‘home’ and she currently lives in Villa Park, IL with her husband Simon.
If you knew me you would know.. That I’m an 8 on the Ennegram personality types. GIFs are my favorite digital way to communicate.
“My favorite thing about the Midwest is..” Midwest is best! I love the Great Lakes, the people and our unique ways – like in Michigan a convenience store (like 7-11) is called, “party store.”