Salvation Army leaders win award

Major Roger Ross and Faithe Colas of the Salvation Army of Milwaukee County have been selected by Community Connections Network Publications (CCN) as recipients of a 2013 Midwest Urban Empowerment Award in the Faith & Hope category.


The honor celebrates leaders who have used their influence to better the lives of those living in the Midwest.

Ross, an ordained minister and commander of The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County, has served the nonprofit organization for 40 years with experience in marketing, fundraising, social services, and church administration among other disciplines. He has additional experience with management positions across youth work, business and program development and HIV counseling.

“I am humbled and honored to receive the Midwest Urban Empowerment Award,” said Ross, who has also been a pastor and administrator for The Salvation Army in eight Midwestern cities. “Spiritual work is important to The Salvation Army because we need to be saving souls. The genesis of what we do is spirituality, so we do our outreach because of that. We need to serve suffering humanity. The Salvation Army is Christianity with its sleeves rolled up.”

Colas, who oversees public, media relations and marketing for The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County, has been with the organization since November of 2007 when she took over as community relations director.

“As I look back on my career, I recognize that I’ve always been involved in service leadership in some capacity both professionally and personally,” Colas said. “The Salvation Army has allowed me to take this service to a higher level. My name, Faithe, guides me every day in the work I do. I am truly appreciative of this honor.”

Ross and Colas will be acknowledged with other award winners at a gala on Saturday, May 4, at the MillerCoors Stables, located at 4251 W. State St. in Milwaukee. For more information about the event, visit

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