Goodwill®’s leadership team is made of experienced executives with years of expertise in their respective areas. The Executive team is also guided and advised by the Board of Directors who helps connect us to our community, set the vision for our future, provide fiduciary oversight, and ensure that our commitment to our mission is reflected in measurable results and impact.
Liz Gulick – Co-President/CEO
Lisa Allen – Co-President/CEO
Ila Cipriani – Vice President, Employee Services & Support/Corporate Compliance Officer
Erich Schmidt – Vice President of Operations
Warren Young – Chief Information Officer
Steve Leon – Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Cunningham – Director of Retail
Judith Simmons – Director of Marketing
Marlena Collins – Grant Writer/CARF Compliance
The Goodwill® Board of Directors are drawn from business, nonprofit, academic, and public sectors who lend their insight and expertise. The responsibility of the Executive Management team and the Board of Directors is to continue to keep Goodwill® of Southern Arizona operating efficiently to benefit our mission.
The Heritage of Goodwill®
Goodwill® Industries International was founded in 1902 in the South End of Boston, MA, by Dr. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthy areas of the city, then hired and trained people who were poor to repair the items. The goods were resold in thrift stores, and employee wages were paid from the revenues generated.
Goodwill®’s global presence extends to five continents, with over 160 full member organizations in 15 countries. In addition, there are 14 affiliate members in 13 countries. Through its services, Goodwill®’s network helps people overcome barriers to employment and become independent, tax-paying members of their communities. Today, Goodwill® of Southern Arizona continues this dynamic social enterprise by operating a growing donated goods retail business that supports direct services for thousands of people each year. This model produces positive social and environmental outcomes for communities across Southern Arizona.