New Leaders in The Salvation Army Western Division Social Services Programs
The Salvation Army Western Division is pleased to announce the promotion of two key social services leaders in the Omaha metro area. Dr. Monalisa McGee-Baratta has been promoted to divisional social services director, and Sharlene Mengel has been promoted to Omaha social services director.
Dr. Monalisa McGee-Baratta
Divisional Social Services Director
As divisional social services director, Dr. Monalisa McGee-Baratta will oversee all social services operations in Nebraska, South Dakota and western Iowa, including all programs and services offered at The Salvation Army’s Renaissance Village location in midtown Omaha. Dr. McGee-Baratta most recently served The Salvation Army as regional coordinator for Pathway of Hope, a program focused on breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. As a licensed mental health professional, certified processional counselor, national certified counselor and a master addiction counselor, she brings a long list of credentials to her new position.
Dr. McGee-Baratta succeeds Dr. Linda Burkle, who retired from her position as divisional social services director in December 2018.
Omaha Social Services Director
In her role as Omaha social services director, Sharlene Mengel will be responsible for managing and supporting all Omaha social services programs, including training, consultation and performance quality improvement; securing additional funding sources and preparing grant applications; and collaborating with community partners and agencies.
A longtime employee of The Salvation Army, Mengel directed its Early Head Start program for the last 17 years. Previously, she worked as the director of two Salvation Army group homes for adolescents in North Platte. Before joining The Salvation Army in 1998, Mengel was employed as a mental health therapist in private practice and for the Richard Young Behavioral Health Center in Kearney.