The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board Welcomes New and Returning Members

Mar 16, 2023

The National Advisory Board of The Salvation Army is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members

Dr. Mark Caner, Laura Molnar, and Mariska Rowell-Lehman bring a diverse mix of financial, business management, and brand marketing insights and solutions to the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Mark, Laura, and Mariska to our National Advisory Board,” said Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder, National Commander of The Salvation Army in the United States. “They have each been active with The Salvation Army and other philanthropic endeavors in their own communities for years, and we are so excited they have decided to bring their passion, vision, and commitment to others to our national board." 

Dr. Mark Caner


Dr. Mark Caner serves as President of W&S Financial Group Distributors for Western & Southern Financial Group.  With more than 30 years of expertise in the financial services industry, Mark leads the company's diverse sales channels, relationship management, marketing, product development and sales support initiatives. He is a respected expert and spokesperson for retirement and legacy planning on a national scale. Dr. Caner is also a member of The Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati’s Advisory Board and the Financial Advisory Board for The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business. Some of Dr. Caner's greatest successes with The Salvation Army has been connecting Greater Cincinnati with the Echelon program in 2016 and redesigning their marketing material for Board members during his tenure as Board Chair and Head of the Marketing & Community Relations Committee. 

“It is such an honor to serve on the National Advisory Board with such an extraordinary group of servant leaders. I cannot think of a better organization that aligns my passions and faith as The Salvation Army.”-Dr. Mark Caner 

Laura Molnar


Laura Molnar serves as Senior Director of Global Brand Marketing for Expedia.  She has over 15 years of experience in brand marketing and business development. Before joining Expedia, she spent time building brands for Travelocity, Keurig Dr Pepper, Gruma Corporation, and Yum! Brands. Laura is fluent in Spanish and has a passion for, and expertise in Hispanic marketing, which she developed while working in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. 

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected to serve on the Salvation Army National Advisory Board. I look forward to furthering The Salvation Army mission, serving the marginalized and working to establish God's Kingdom here on earth.”-Laura Molnar 

Mariska Rowell-Lehman

 Mariska Rowell-Lehman is a Commercial Insurance Broker at USI Insurance Services. Her professional expertise in law, business management, and commercial insurance helps her assist local business owners achieve their business objectives through successful business tactics and meaningful connections. In addition to her native language of English, Mariska is knowledgeable in Dutch, French, and Spanish.  Mariska is also a member of the Suisun Kroc Advisory Board and has served as chairperson for the past seven years. 

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Salvation Army National Advisory Board. I am passionate about the mission of The Salvation Army and, as a part of the army, providing support to members of our local and national communities.”- Mariska Rowell-Lehman 

We are also pleased to welcome Joel Manby back to the National Advisory Board, having previously served on the board for nine years. Joel is a consultant and author of Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles For Effective Leaders. With more than 25 years as a corporate executive, his professional experience includes serving as President, CEO, and Director of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, and as CEO of Herschend Enterprises. 

Mike Cassling, Chairman of The Salvation Army's National Advisory Board, noted that Mark, Laura, and Mariska are wonderful additions to the team. “Their abundance of knowledge in their chosen professions, along with their enthusiasm for The Salvation Army's mission, will help us navigate new paths now and well into the future,” said Cassling. “The Salvation Army really is doing the most good across the country, and our work on the National Advisory Board helps strengthen their efficiencies and effectiveness. Mark, Laura, and Mariska each bring special skillsets and insights that will help the board do that even better.” 

The Salvation Army is delighted to welcome the new National Advisory Board members. They join a distinguished group of business and community professionals who support The Salvation Army in its mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in the name of Jesus without discrimination. 


About The Salvation Army 

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 30 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,000 centers of operation around the country. In 2021, The Salvation Army was ranked No. 2 on the list of "America's Favorite Charities" by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood. 



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