Meet Our Team

Major Lori Mitchell, Executive Director

Major Lori Mitchell Thunder Bay
"God loves you just the way you are...but He loves you too much to leave you there."
Lori is a Salvation Army Officer (pastor) ordained in 1984.  She was transferred here in June 2015, to take on the role of Executive Director. 
Lori has her Certified in Management designation from the Canadian Institute of Management, and extensive experience in the social services field.  She is currently studying to obtain a certificate in Not-for-Profit Management.
She is married and has six adult children, a dog and a cat.

Cathy Oleschuk, Program Director

Cathy has worked for Thunder Bay CARS for twenty years, in a variety of positions and now as Program Director.  She holds a Social Services Worker diploma, and is certified in Restorative Justice and as a Life Skills Coach.
She is married with two children and three grandchildren.
"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you
made them feel.” 
Maya Angelou

A Strong Management Team makes a strong work environment

Gail Kromm,
Community Engagement Manager

Gail Kromm Thunder Bay
"The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything.  They just make the most of everything they have."  
Gail has been with The Salvation Army for 28 years, gaining excellent experience in the Public Relations and Development field.

She has seen many Executive Directors come and go - and has remained steadfast to the commitment she has to The Salvation Army and to the clients we serve.  She loves her work and gets a great deal of satisfaction in contributing her part to the clients we serve.

Gail is married with 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

Kathleen Sawdo
Employee Relations Manager

Kathleen is fairly new to The Salvation Army, having started her role at the beginning of January 2016.  She is Anishnaabe, from Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation.  

Kathleen has over 10 years experience in Human Services/Non-Profit Sectors holding various positions.  She holds a Human Resources Management Diploma and an Information Access and Protection of Privacy Certificate.   Kathleen is a member of HRPA (Human Resources Professional Association), CAHRMA (Canadian Aboriginal Human Resources Association) and NNAHRA (National Native American Tribal Human Resources Association), and is pursuing her CHRP and THRP desginations.  

Kathleen is a Red Cross First Aid Instructor, and a TrainCan Inc. National Food Safety Instructor.  

She is the proud mother of 2 sons.

"Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission."  - Morning Dove