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Goodwill Leadership

Our President

James K. Stiff

James K. Stiff is the President of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area. The territory consists of 31 counties in Georgia and four in South Carolina.

Mr. Stiff began his tenure in March 1994 in Georgia and broadened the service population in 1995 from only people with disabilities to include people with other barriers to employment. The result was the creation of Job Connection career centers that offer a variety of services via Goodwill and partner organizations.

In 2007, Mr. Stiff launched Helms College, the first licensed, nationally accredited and federal financial aid eligible post-secondary school in the Goodwill network. Under his leadership, Goodwill’s operating revenue has increased from $1 million to more than $40 million. During the past five years, our local Goodwill placed 30,811 people into jobs and created more than $888.9 million in new payroll purchasing power.

Mr. Stiff received the P.J. Trevethan Award for outstanding contributions to the training and development of Goodwill Industries personnel, the Matthews Entrepreneurial Award from Goodwill Industries International, as well as The Distinguished Alumni Award from Grand Valley State University.

Prior to being recruited to Georgia, Mr. Stiff served at the Goodwill Industries of Greater Washington for seven years.  Mr. Stiff received his Bachelor of Philosophy in Human Services from Grand Valley State University and holds a Masters in Education and Religious Studies from Notre Dame Institute. He has served on many boards, including Goodwill Industries International Board, Goodwill Global Board, Downtown Macon Rotary Club (where he is Past President), the Macon-Bibb County Workforce Investment Board, the Georgia State Workforce Investment Board, Grand Valley State University Alumni Board, and the Knight Foundation Advisory Board.

Between Mr. Stiff and his wife Meredith Bishop Stiff, they have seven children: Sarah, Anna, Rebekah, Philip, Clare, Valerie Rose, and Mary Margaret.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Paul
J. Hart

Chair

Trustee
The R.A. Bowen Trust

Matt
Mills

Vice Chair

Senior Vice President
Southeastern Real Estate Group, Inc.

Dr. John
C. David

Vice Chair

President
& CEO

Daviron Healthcare

Nan
Williams

Secretary

Vice President
Senior Financial Analyst, Merrill Lynch

Stephen Denton Jr.

Treasurer

President
Archadeck of Central Georgia

Raymond H. Smith Jr

Ex-Officio

President
SBG Wealth Management, Inc.

Donald W. Bailey

President/Co-Owner
Middle Georgia Graphic Resource

Ricardo
Bravo

Attorney
Ricardo Bravo, LLC

Verda M. Colvin

Justice
Supreme Court of Georgia

Jason
Cuevas

Vice President, Northeast Region
Georgia Power

Steven B. Kendrick

Tax Commissioner
Augusta-Richmond County

Ruth
Knox

Retired President
Wesleyan College

George N. Snelling

Retired Dentist/Real Estate Developer
Snelling Properties, LLP

James
“Jim” Stiff

President/CEO
Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA

Bennett
A. Yort

First Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch/Bank of America Corp.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

DeWayne Cuffie

Senior Vice President of Operations

Laine
Dreher

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Gerald Gadsden

Vice President of Edgar’s Hospitality Group

Jose
Mallabo

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Leah
Pontani

Senior Vice President of Career Development

David
Pugh

President of Helms College

Christine Butler

Senior Director of Donated Goods

Bill
Dindy

Director of
Education

Chris
Finley

Senior Director of Contract Services

Jack
Flowers

Vice President of Contract Services

Ellen H. Harper

Director of
Executive Affairs

Frank Kassner

Director Culinary Operations/Executive Chef

Doug Newsome

Vice President of Administration

Bruce
Ozga

Vice President
Culinary Education

Andrew Robinson

Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management

Laurie
Tharpe

Vice President/Controller

Olivia
Winn

Director of Talent Acquisition