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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 Hart Goodwill Board of Directors Headshot

Paul
J. Hart

Chair

Trustee
The R.A. Bowen Trust

Matt Mills Headshot

Matt
Mills

Vice Chair

Senior Vice President
Southeastern Real Estate Group, Inc.

Dr. John C. David Headshot

Dr. John
C. David

Vice Chair

President
& CEO

Daviron Healthcare

Nan Williams Goodwill Board of Directors Headshot

Nan
Williams

Secretary

Vice President
Senior Financial Analyst, Merrill Lynch

Stephen Denton Jr.

Stephen Denton Jr.

Treasurer

President
Archadeck of Central Georgia

Raymond H. Smith Goodwill Board of Directors Headshot

Raymond H. Smith Jr

Ex-Officio

President
SBG Wealth Management, Inc.

Don Bailey Headshot

Donald W. Bailey

President/Co-Owner
Middle Georgia Graphic Resource

Ricardo Bravo Goodwill Board of Directors Headshot

Ricardo
Bravo

Attorney
Ricardo Bravo, LLC

Verda Colvin Headshot

Verda M. Colvin

Justice
Supreme Court of Georgia

Jason Cuevas Goodwill Board of Directors Headshot

Jason
Cuevas

Vice President, Northeast Region
Georgia Power

Steven B. Kendrick Headshot

Steven B. Kendrick

Tax Commissioner
Augusta-Richmond County

Ruth Knox Goodwill Board of Directors Headshot

Ruth
Knox

Retired President
Wesleyan College

George Snelling Goodwill Board of Directors Headshot

George N. Snelling

Retired Dentist/Real Estate Developer
Snelling Properties, LLP

James Stiff President of Goodwill MiGA & the CSRA Headshot

James
“Jim” Stiff

President/CEO
Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA

Bennett Yort Goodwill Board of Directors Headshot

Bennett
A. Yort

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

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

James Stiff President of Goodwill MiGA & the CSRA Headshot

James “Jim” Stiff

President/CEO of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia

DeWayne Cuffie Chief Mission Integration Officer Headshot

DeWayne Cuffie

Chief Mission Integration Officer

Chief Financial Officer Chuck Smith Headshot

Chuck
Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Laine Dreher Human Resources Headshot

Laine
Dreher

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Leah Pontani Career Development Headshot

Leah
Pontani

Senior Vice President of Career Development

Gerald Gadsden Headshot Low Resolution

Gerald Gadsden

Vice President of Edgar’s Hospitality Group

Luke Schultheis Goodwill Headshot

Luke Schultheis

Executive Vice President of Education

Jack
Flowers

Vice President of Contract Services

Doug Newsome

Vice President of Administration

Laurie
Tharpe

Vice President/Controller

Christine Butler

Vice President of
Retail Operations

Chris
Finley

Senior Director of Contract Services

Karen
Lee Davis

Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Kristina
Dahl

Director of Hospitality and Culinary Education

Bill
Dindy

Director of
Education

Bernadette Fortune

Director of Operations for Career Development

Ellen H. Harper

Director of
Executive Affairs

Carlye Thompson

Director of Career Services

Olivia
Winn

Director of Talent Acquisition