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 has recently obtained a certificate in Not-for-Profit Management.
She is married and has six adult children, a dog and two cats.

Cathy Oleschuk, Program Director

Cathy has worked for Thunder Bay CARS for over 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

Jonathan Elrick
Director of Operations

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 over thirty 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 work we do.

Gail is married with 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

Paige Martin
Employee Relations Advisor