Our Mission

Echelon is a community of diverse young adults collectively rising up to serve The Salvation Army through fellowship and networking, donations and fundraising, and service and volunteering. 

This group was founded in 2011 in Grand Rapids as The Action Group.  In 2017 we have transitioned to become a part of the National Salvation Army Young Adult Auxiliary, Echelon.



Echelon Grand Rapids Executive Board

Troy La Huis, Echelon President
Crowe Horwath

Steve Sower, Echelon Executive Vice President

Lisa Funk, Echelon Communications Chair
The Salvation Army of Kent County

Joe Tekelly, Echelon Social Media Chair
Dynamic Capturing

Linda Mungai, Echelon Events Co-Chair

Elizabeth Kingston, Echelon Events Co-Chair
Michigan Court of Appeals: Research Division

Shawn Beene, Echelon Fundraising Co-Chair
Potter’s House

Treena Gilbert, Echelon Fundraising Co-Chair
The Salvation Army Western Michigan Northern Indiana Division

Samarhia Giffel, Echelon Membership Chair
City of Grand Rapids Public Services

Chris Mills, Echelon Secretary

Lauren Hagerman-Tekelly, Echelon Service Chair
The Salvation Army Western Michigan Northern Indiana Division

Heather Hammond, Corporate Relations Chair
Mill Steel Corporation


Open Positions

  • Service Co-Chair
  • Membership Co-Chair
  • Public Relations Chair
  • Co-Chaplains (2)
  • Co-Treasurers (2)