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Majors VMajors Albert & Yvette Villafuerte are the Area Commander and Associate Area Commander for The Salvation Army in Knoxville. Together they oversee all aspects of The Salvation Army’s mission and ministry throughout Knox, Anderson, Blount, Sevier, Cocke and Campbell Counties.  

Major Villafuerte is a native Texan who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. The 51-year-old officer has worked for The Salvation Army in various capacities since 1987.

His most recent appointment was a five-year assignment as Area Commander of San Antonio, Texas, where he built a Corps Community Center, a Senior HUD 202 Complex and an Outpost Center.  He also served four years in Washington, D.C. as the Finance Secretary and Chief Technology Officer for the National Capital and Virginia Division.  Prior to that, he served two years as the Finance Secretary for the Kentucky/Tennessee Division and one year as the Finance Officer in the North and South Carolina Division.

Other appointments include: Corps Officer for four years in Midland, Texas; two years in Beaumont, Texas in which a new Corps community center and Boys & Girls Club were built; and three years in Big Spring, Texas in which a Battered Women’s Shelter was started. 

In his spare time he enjoys fitness and the outdoors.  He and his wife, Yvette, have been married for thirty years.  They have a 20-year-old daughter, Gabrielle, and two cats.  The Villafuertes enjoy RV camping and spend a couple of weeks each year exploring America’s great outdoors.  Their favorite spot is the Smoky Mountains around Maggie Valley, North Carolina and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. 

Administrative Staff

Major Albert Villafuerte

Area Commander
Major Yvette Villafuerte

Associate Area Commander
Lieutenant Nathan Jones

Knoxville Citadel Corps
Lieutenant Deanne Jones

Knoxville Citadel Corps
Lieutenant Marie Inmon

Sevierville Corps Officer
Sergeant Jared Martin

Blount County Outpost
Sergeant Rachel Martin

Blount County Outpost
Sheila Davis

Business Manager
Jonathan Haskell

Director of Development
Rob Link

Director of Community Relations
Maria Down

Volunteer Coordinator
Donna Wright
Director of Social Services


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