International Officer Training and Leader Development Council
The International Officer Training and Development Council (IOTALDC) has the primary purpose to serve the General and the global Salvation Army by promoting quality training and leader-development of officers throughout the world; by offering support as needed to territories in their training and leader-development systems; and by providing oversight to ensure training systems meet the aims and purposes of The Salvation Army.
Lieut-Colonel Anne-Florence Tursi is Chair of IOTALDC and Assistant Chief Secretary, Personnel, IHQ. She grew up in France and Switzerland. She trained as an officer at the International Training College, London, where she met her future husband, Massimo. Appointments in corps work in Italy and Switzerland were followed by the challenge to plant a new corps in the former East Berlin, Germany, while her husband was territorial youth secretary in that territory. Further appointments brought responsibilities as Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries in Germany, Lithuania and Poland, Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries in Switzerland, Austria and Hungary, and Command President of Women’s Ministries in the Italy and Greece Command. She has taught in many training college settings, then as the officer responsible for the formation of cadets in the command, and for many years as Chair of the ‘Catherine Programme’, a Salvation Army European summer school for employees, cadets and officers. Anne-Florence has a university diploma in Curative Pedagogy and a certificate for systemic and strategic brief therapy (School of Palo Alto). Together with her husband, Massimo, she has four grown-up children and six grandsons.
Major (Dr) Alberth Saramin was born in Kalawara, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. He is married to Lieut-Colonel Elsi Hariyati and they have three children. He is Vice-Chair of IOTALDC and holds a Bachelor of Education (Muhammadiyah University, Palu). In 1999 he completed the Advanced Diploma of Ministry at the Salvation Army College of Further Education in Sydney, Australia, and in 2006 he completed a Master’s in Public Health at Diponegoro University. In 2013, he completed his Master of Theology at Tangerang Harvest Theology College before gaining his Doctorate in Theology from Jaffery Theology College, Makassar, in 2016. As an officer, he has held appointments which have included assistant corps officer, school supervisor, hospital administrator and training principal, territorial youth secretary, assistant project officer, assistant chair for a theological seminary and territorial secretary for programme. Currently he is Assistant Chief Secretary in the New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Territory.
Colonel Kalie Webb, Secretary of IOTALDC, is an Australia Territory officer. She currently serves as Territorial President of Women’s Ministries in the Kenya West Territory. Her ministry experiences have included corps officership, training college and leadership development work, and divisional and territorial leadership and more recently as the Under Secretary for the South Asia Zone. Kalie has served as Mission, Training and Education Co-Ordination (MTEC) Director; and the Territorial President of Women’s Ministries and Territorial Leader for Leader Development in the Pakistan Territory. She has served as the Academic Dean for Catherine Booth College (now Eva Burrows College) and as Deputy Course-work Coordinator for the University of Divinity (Australia). She has completed a BTheol, GradDipSysTheol and MTheol. In her spare time, Kalie is a fan of Australian Rules football, loves photography, travelling, knitting and reading biographies. With her husband Geoff, they have three adult children (a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law) and five grandchildren who live in Australia.
Major David Allen’s theology for ministry is rooted in the equipping nature of Christian leadership, believing wholeheartedly that all the gifts required for the building of God’s Kingdom are uniquely fashioned within the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12). Appointments include serving various congregational assignments, territorial young adult leadership, Training Principal in the Canada and Bermuda Territory, Ecumenical Officer with the Canadian Council of Churches Theological Council, and IHQ Secretary for Leader Development. Studies include a Master of Divinity from Regent College, a Master’s in Business Administration at Trinity Western University in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Arrow Leadership. Hobbies include walking with his wife, Brenda, and FaceTime calls with his children and grandchildren.
Lieut-Colonel Liz Gainsford is Territorial Secretary for Spiritual Life Development in the New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Territory and has been a member of IOTALDC since 2018. She trained in Australia Southern Territory as part of the Forward 2000 Session but moved to New Zealand directly after commissioning where, a year later, she married Ian. Liz has served in three corps, three divisional headquarters and in two training roles in three different countries (New Zealand, Australia and Tanzania) and now at territorial headquarters. All these experiences have helped to shape and develop Liz into the person she is today and give her an appreciation for the internationalism of The Salvation Army. She loves to travel and meet people, enjoys going to the movies with family, likes the challenge of crosswords and loves to see people develop to their full potential. She is the proud mum of two children.
Lieut-Colonel Kenneth Hawkins currently serves in Nairobi, Kenya, as Principal of The Salvation Army Leaders’ Training College for Africa and Resource Centre. He has enjoyed a fulfilling and unexpectedly varied Salvation Army officer career. Ken, with his wife Ann, moved to Zambia from the UK at the beginning of 2012. Ken served as Training Principal, and then as Chief Secretary, during their eight years in Zambia, before moving to Kenya in August 2020. Previously, they served in the UK for 25 years, as corps officers and at the William Booth College, London. As well as enjoying playing music, and listening to music, reading, language learning, and walking, Ken enjoys travel, and relishes the beauty and warmth of life in Africa. Ken and Ann have an adult son and a married daughter in the UK, with one young granddaughter, with whom they communicate regularly.
Major (Dr) Samson Macwan is currently serving as Secretary for Human Resources Development in India and as National Principal of Indian Colleges for Officer Training. Samson has vast experience in leadership development, having served at colleges for seventeen years. Samson has also served as the liaison officer for India during the development of SALT College South Asia. Samson has a Master of Divinity from Trivandrum Bible College, accredited by Asia Theological Association, Master of Theology from Throne of Grace Theological Sermonary, Hyderabad, and Doctor of Ministry from Senate of Serampore University, Kolkata. He likes to preach the words of God, write articles and speak at national seminars, workshops, retreats and conferences. Samson lives in Kolkata, West Bengal State with his wife Kalpana and three children.
Major Aldene Meo was commissioned and ordained a Salvation Army officer in 2008 as a member of the God’s Fellow Workers Session. She married Major Roodolph in July 2009 and partnering in ministry, they have served in various appointments in four different countries. Aldene has served as a corps officer in Barbados and as home officer and then field training officer at the Territorial Training College in Jamaica. On international service, Aldene served as an Assistant Personnel Officer and at the College for Officer Training in the USA Eastern Territory. In July 2021, Majors Meo were appointed to the Bahamas Division as Divisional Leaders with Aldene as Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries. The love of God fuels her ministry and the conviction of her calling into full-time ministry in The Salvation Army. She is motivated daily by her favourite Bible verse John 15:16, 'You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you' (NIV). Aldene has been married to Rodolph for twelve years; they are the proud parents of a son and enjoy having adventurous family trips.
Major Joseph Muindi holds two Bachelor’s degrees (Hons) in Biblical Studies and Ministry. Currently, he is Divisional Commander, Mwea Division in Kenya East Territory. Before becoming an officer, he trained and worked as a teacher, undergoing Primary School Management (PRISM) through the British and Kenyan governments. He entered the officer training college with his wife Mary in 1999 as part of the Ambassadors of Grace Session. He was commissioned in December 2000 and appointed to the Kenya West Territory. Returning to Kenya East, he served as corps officer, school administrator, training college tutor, district officer, divisional commander and Training Principal. He also trained in servant leadership and marriage enrichment. He has been a Regional Chair of the National Council of Churches of Kenya and has served as an International Social Justice Commission member and United Nations representative in Nairobi.
Major Deana Zelinsky is Training Principal in the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Recently, Deana has focused on redesigning the training model with a flexible, fieldfocused emphasis. She brings insight and learning from this experience to her workshop presentation and looks forward to sharing specific information that may benefit other territories considering flexible, non-residential training. Deana has served as an officer alongside her husband, Major Rick Zelinsky, for more than 20 years, including appointments in corps, training college, camping ministry and divisional responsibilities. They have three married children and two grandchildren, all bringing great joy and fulfillment to life.