Released 31 July 2013
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Lt. Scott Hoover, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army of Martin County, recently announced the appointment of Ms. Marlina Diaz to the position of Salvation Army Mission Specialist. This position is responsible for working with the youth and their families who attend The Salvation Army Church and its Character Building Programs. She will be enriching and growing The Salvation Army's Club 3:16 programs, with plans to expand the current program to include more emphasis on music and the arts. She will also be working with the children at Compassion House, the Salvation Army's transitional housing program for homeless women and women with children.
Formerly an elementary-school music teacher from Miami, Ms. Diaz has been involved with The Salvation Army since the age of 11. She has volunteered with the Sunset Corps in Miami in various music and youth leadership positions and previously worked at The Salvation Army's Virginia summer camp, Camp Happyland. She has also previously worked with the Salvationist Service Corps (SSC) in Panama.
A 2012 graduate from Florida International University, Ms. Diaz has lived in the Miami area since the age of three-months (practically a native!) She is the middle child of five, and the only daughter. "Both my parents and my brothers are also active as Soldiers in the local Corps," she explained. "The Salvation Army has been a part of my life nearly as long as I can remember."
She added, "I was blessed to grow up with music all around me, as I attended arts programs and took voice and piano lessons. I am so excited to come to Stuart and to share both my love of music and love of God with our youth."