The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, among the largest global nonprofit providers of social services to people living in impoverished communities around the world, recently announced the appointment of William Mikus as chair of its advisory board.
Author and family therapist Kristin MacDermott was also inducted as board member. Mikus, who joined the board in 2016, succeeds David Ackerman, who has served as chair since 2019.
“Words are inadequate to express how much David Ackerman has meant to the Salvation Army over the past two years,” Area Commander Major James Hall said. “His leadership has been instrumental in helping us successfully navigate the most challenging crisis we have ever faced. He is not only a man of unquestionable integrity but modeled what it meant to be courageous in the face of adversity.”
Ackerman said that it has been an honor to serve in the position.
“Our advisory board is in a great place with Bill Mikus as chair,” he said. “He brings his superior business experience and acumen, along with his engaging and charismatic leadership style, to this role. The Salvation Army takes on the most pressing needs of our community, helping children, teens, the elderly, victims of human trafficking and those hurt by COVID-19’s devastating health and economic impacts.”
Mikus is a managing partner at Dakota Wealth Management in Palm Beach with more than four decades of experience in the financial markets.
“I am deeply honored to have been appointed as the chair of the Salvation Army of Palm Beach County’s advisory board,” Mikus said. “During this historically challenging time, it is a privilege to contribute to the Salvation Army’s 156-year efforts to help ‘the least, the last and the lost.’ It is my goal to continue the momentum started by Budge Jamison (chair 2017-19) and David Ackerman (chair 2019-21.”
New Board Member Kristin MacDermott is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a decade of research in resilience.
MacDermott is the author of the book It Takes Two Minutes to Shift Your Mindset and Build Resilience.
“Until recently, I had no idea how many lives the Salvation Army touches,” MacDermott said. “I knew they supported people at Christmastime, but I was blown away to learn about the vast array of programs and services they provide to thousands of families in Palm Beach County all year long. I am honored to be part of an organization that has the capacity to help so many people when they need it most.”
For additional information about the Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, or to make a financial contribution to the organization, call Frank Marangos, director of development and communications, at (561) 686-3530 or visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org.