Meet Captain Tawny Cowen-Zanders
Tawny Cowen-Zanders, a native of Newark, Ohio, is a 1997 graduate of Malone University, where she studied Interdisciplinary Social Science as a major and English as a minor. While at Malone, she studied abroad twice - Nizhni Novgorod, Russia and Belize, Central America. After her undergraduate work, she returned to Russia to work at the University of Nizhni Novgorod through the Russian Studies Program offered by the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities. Upon her return to the United States, she moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she began a career in not-for-profit public relations. In 1999, she married Kevin Zanders.
In 2003, she and her husband entered The Salvation Army's seminary in Suffern, New York. In June 2005, she was ordained a minister in The Salvation Army and received her first assignment - Massillon, Ohio. Tawny loves the opportunity she has to combine her faith and social justice. It is her honor to be the hands and feet of Christ to individuals and families who are living on the edge.
Tawny completed a $3.4 million Capital Campaign in 2010. The funds raised through this endeavor were used to build the Massillon Family Life Center, an 18,000 square foot facility. The Family Life Center is a place that enhances and expands The Salvation Army's mission, including a "Working Clothes" closet, " "Choice Food" pantry, and a "Compassion Campus" - multiple agencies offer their programs from this facility.
In 2012, Tawny and her husband were transferred to Toledo, Ohio where they serve as the Area Coordinators of the Northwest Ohio Area Services, as well as the Corps Officers of the Toledo Temple Corps. The Northwest Ohio Area Services includes Lucas, Ottawa, Wood, Fulton, and Henry Counties. The ministry includes two Corps (Worship and Service Centers), two Service Centers (Port Clinton and Bowling Green), and twelve Service Units. They are blessed to have the opportunity to partner in ministry with the individuals of Northwest Ohio.
In addition to her Bachelor of Arts degree, Tawny holds a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path College. She holds the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation.
Tawny has served on various community boards, including the Western Stark County YMCA Board of Directors, Faith-in-Action Board of Directors, and the Stark County Corrections Planning Board. Currently, she serves on the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and the Citizens Review Committee for the Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board. She is a Leadership Stark County graduate (21st class) and she was named one of Stark County's outstanding 20 professionals under 40 in 2010. In addition, she works diligently to bring other agencies together to share ideas and to participate in collaborations. She is heavily involved in the fight against human trafficking.
Tawny has three passions in life - her family, which includes Kaleb (10) and Zoe (8), social justice, and sleeping (though being the mother of two young children means that this is an unfilled passion.) She enjoys traveling, reading, golfing, biking, and writing short stories.
Meet Captain Kevin Zanders
As a fifth generation Salvationist, Kevin Zanders has been a part of The Salvation Army for thirty-six years. His parents were Salvation Army officers for 42 years. Kevin was born in Marion, Ohio and has lived in many different cities, including Dayton, Youngstown, Warren, Akron, Canton, Cleveland and a couple of short stints in New Jersey and New York. Kevin feels the most important thing to remember is that he has Ohio blood flowing through him.
Before being called by God to be a Salvation Army Officer, Kevin served as a Youth Pastor at a Salvation Army on the West side of Cleveland. Since 2005, he has served as a Corps Officer in Massillon, Ohio. During this time, he completed a $3.5 million dollar capital campaign and oversaw the construction of a new Corps building. Kevin has served as the Massillon Fire Department Chaplain for the seven years in Massillon. Kevin is extremely creative and he enjoys working with and ministering to youth.
In 2012, Kevin and his wife were transferred to Toledo, Ohio where they serve as the Area Coordinators of the Northwest Ohio Area Services, as well as the Corps Officers of the Toledo Temple Corps. The Northwest Ohio Area Services includes Lucas, Ottawa, Wood, Fulton, and Henry Counties. The ministry includes two Corps (Worship and Service Centers), two Service Centers (Port Clinton and Bowling Green), and twelve Service Units. They are blessed to have the opportunity to partner with the individuals of Northwest Ohio in being the hands and feet of Christ.
Kevin enjoys watching and playing sports. He is a diehard Indians, Cavs, and OSU fan; and Kevin is also a diehard Bengals fan, which shows he is a very dedicated person. As well as playing sports, Kevin is an accomplished musician. In this area, he is very versatile as he has a heart for all kinds of music.
Kevin feels that it is his greatest privilege to walk hand in hand with his community, meeting needs at the point of need and at the time of need - physically, emotionally, and spiritually.