The Corps Officers, Staff & Advisory Board

Our Corps Officers

Lieutenants Matt and Marisa McCluer came to Lawrence directly from the College for Officer Training in Chicago, Illinois in July of 2012. After 2 years of intense training they have been commissioned as Officers of The Salvation Army, ordained as ministers, and received their appointment to Lawrence, Kansas.

Although they came from Chicago, Lawrence is nothing new for the two young Lieutenants. Lt. Matt grew up just 40 minutes east in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Lt. Marisa comes from Bloomington, a small town in Central Illinois. After completing an internship in Decatur, Illinois, the coupled headed to Chicago to complete the training period. Now they have come to Lawrence to lead the Army’s work here!

The new lieutenants have been married for 3 years, and having a precious. new baby boy named Josiah. Their interests include: fishing, walking, golf, drama, and theatre. When asked about his appointment in Lawrence, Lieutenant Matt said, “I’m looking forward to just continuing to do the mission of the Army and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.” “If anyone wants to get to know us, just stop by,” Lieutenant Marisa says. “We try to be here as much as possible, and we’re willing to just sit and chat.”

The McCluers are here to serve the Douglas County community. If you have a need, spiritual or physical, please stop by our offices at 946 New Hampshire in Lawrence or call 785.843.4188.

mccluers1Lieutenant Matt McCluer
785-843-4188 ext. 101

Lieutenant Marisa McCluer
785-843-4188 ext. 102

Our Staff

In addition to commanding officers, The Salvation Army of Douglas County employs a professional staff to oversee and administer the many programs and services provided. Without the dedication of these individuals, and the volunteers whom they lead, the ministries and efforts of The Salvation Army would not happen.

Jim Evers-Director of Development
Mr. Evers first became involved with The Salvation Army in San Jose, California where he served as the Chairman of their Advisory Board.  After 35 years in the Broadcasting Industry, Jim is now responsible for all functions related to voluntary funds development, administration of external relations and community programs, including fundraising, grant writing, media relations, volunteer programs and community relations.

Vivian Baars, LMSW-Social Services Director
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Elizabeth City State University
Masters in Social Work, University of Kansas
For over 10 years, Ms. Baars has served the Douglas County community through her dedicated work with The Salvation Army. There are many social services provided by the Lawrence Corps, and she is actively involved in the planning, implementation, and management of these beneficial programs.

Kate Rylander, Emergency Assistance and Pathway of Hope
Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, University of Colorado
Bachelors of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Kate is a new member of the Salvation Army. Ms. Rylander will be working to provide emergency assistance to those in need through the Emergency Assistance Program. Kate will also be helping to implement  Pathway of Hope, a strength based program designed by the Salvation Army to enhance the lives of individuals and families, in the Lawrence community.

Sandra “Sunny”Dexter, LMSW –Permanent Supportive Housing Program Case Manager
Bachelors of Social Work, University of Kansas
Masters of Social Work, University of Kansas

Ms. Dexter recently joined the Salvation Army team as the case manager for Project Abel. In her work, Ms. Dexter provides intensive case management services for individuals and families maintaining housing through the permanent supportive housing program.

Bonnie Reedy-Cook
Ms. Reedy manages, cooks, and operates the Loaves & Fishes Café at the Lawrence Corps. This Café serves hot meals Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, serving over 16,000 meals last year.



Advisory Boards are absolutely essential in the work of The Salvation Army in the communities in which they serve.

Advisory Boards provide valuable assistance and advice that help us advance and continue the operations of The Salvation Army. Local community leaders volunteer their efforts to help the Army in maintaining good business and professional relations. Local advisory boards review annual budgets, help coordinate programs with other agencies, and provide advice for local activities and fund- raising campaigns.

Here in Lawrence, Kansas at The Salvation Army of Douglas County, we can describe our Advisory Board in two words: “Servant Leaders” These dedicated men and women are committed to making a difference in this community through the programs and services of The Salvation Army.

Kevin Brauer-Corps Representative

Dan Cary-Ameriprise Financial

Mary Corman-Community Volunteer

David Grosko – Payless Shoes

Captain Adam Heffley-Lawrence Police Department

Lance Johnson-the Johnson Group, LLC

Kevin McCarty-K.U. Athletics Department

Wendi Meisenheimer – Hallmark Cards

David Millen-Hallmark Cards

Marilyn Pearse-Kastl Accounting

Tim Robisch-Great Plains Media

Joe Ryan-Sunflower Cable, retired

Debbie Schmidt – WOW Cable

Susanne Shaw – Professor – KU

Bob Steil – Retired Attorney

Jeff Weinberg-University of Kansas

Julie Zule-US Bank

Dick Zinn-Emeritas

“Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but
in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
Proverbs 11:14