New Chief Operating Officer

Adult & Teen Challenge USA has announced the appointment of Russ Cambria, former Executive Director of Teen Challenge Centers in Las Vegas, NV and Buffalo, NY, to its senior leadership team as Chief Operating Officer.


Cambria brings more than 20 years of ministry experience and has served in high impact roles as diverse as Teen Challenge director, church planter, clinical counselor, and registrar for the University of Valley Forge.


He will be based at the Adult & Teen Challenges USA headquarters in Ozark, MO, and will oversee our accreditation strategy and systems, financial leadership, daily operations, and administration. In his role, he will support Adult & Teen Challenge’s bold plans for growth and expansion across the United States.


“Cambria’s addition to the leadership team comes with perfect timing,” said Gary Blackard, President and CEO of Adult & Teen Challenge USA. “Russ brings tenacity, compassion, a pastoral heart, and TC director experience as we begin to develop our new accreditation strategy and other national initiatives.”


“I would not be taking this position if I was not certain God had called me to it,” said Cambria. “My family and I are very excited to return to Teen Challenge and honored to serve at the National Office.”

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