FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead Salvation Army on Thursday, Sept. 23, announced a leadership change.

Since August, Majors Abe and Ronda Tamayo, who previously worked in Wichita, Kansas, have been in charge of the charity's local efforts to help the poor and provide disaster relief.

The couple has served as officers in the Salvation Army for 33 years and this is their ninth community appointment.

Abe Tamayo has two graduate degrees in business and management with undergraduate degrees in human resource management, organizational psychology and practical ministries. Ronda Tamayo has degrees in executive secretary and practical ministries.

The couple was ordained as officers or clergy in the organization in 1989.

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“We’re very thankful for this assignment and excited to work in the Fargo-Moorhead community,” said Abe Tamayo, “and we’re excited to continue the important work ... that was actuated by Majors Jerry & Vangie O’Neil.”

Since starting their new positions last month, the couple said they have been building relationships within the Fargo corps and the community.

The organization also has announced a new Northern Division commander that serves Minnesota and North Dakota. Colonel Dan Jennings is taking on that role, with his wife, Dorene, becoming the director of women's ministries. The couple was previously head of the Midland Division in Missouri and Southern Illinois.