Meet Our Mission-Driven Team

As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, Goodwill’s experienced leadership team works with an engaged board of directors who are well-respected community and business leaders. Together, we responsibly use our resources to provide job training and education opportunities to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Our forward-thinking leadership team and people-first culture combined with an unwavering dedication to our mission and fiscal responsibility has helped Goodwill remain a relevant and reliable resource for Kansans.

Goodwill Industries of Kansas Leadership

Executive Staff

  • image description Laura Ritterbush President & CEO

    With Goodwill since 1999

    With more than 20 years’ experience in Goodwill leadership roles across the country, Laura joined Goodwill Industries of Kansas as President and CEO in 2021.

    Laura’s wealth of experience in mission services, fund development and legislative advocacy allows her to focus on expanding support for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment throughout the state of Kansas.

    “All I’ve ever wanted to do is help people reach their potential. I was fortunate that early in my career I got to work with Goodwill Industries and recognized that we can provide the multi-prong approach needed to support individuals with barriers to employment – work, training and education all while providing support services to break down barriers,” Laura said.

    The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.
    -Steve Jobs

  • image description Angela Bascue VP of Retail Operations

    With Goodwill since 2014

    As the VP of Goodwill’s Retail Operations, Angela oversees the management of 19 retail stores and donation centers as well as operations of shopgoodwill.com/ks, an online auction site. She brings 30 years of for-profit retail experience, with 25 years in multi-store management.

    Angela’s extensive experience and strong leadership is transformational to retail operations, bringing new processes and increased efficiency to Goodwill’s already solid foundation.

    “Goodwill has been very gratifying for me personally and professionally on a very different level than my for profit career. It truly is about working to make a difference in others’ lives every day,” Angela said.

    During her career, Angela has received numerous sales, payroll and training awards.

    To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
    -Steve Prefontaine

  • image description Dave Chadick VP of Industrial Services

    With Goodwill since 2006

    As the VP of Industrial Services, Dave has focused his attention on managing and expanding Goodwill’s contracts division. People with developmental disabilities and other barriers to employment gain valuable job training with work provided by contracts with businesses across the country.

    “Believing that education and employment lead to a much more fulfilling life, it’s so rewarding to witness the joy in the eyes and voices of an individual when they first realize they put in the effort to truly earn their first significant paycheck. It’s personally inspiring to watch and participate as individuals overcome significant obstacles to obtain the education and self-assurance necessary to be a better person for themselves and their family,” Dave said.

    Under Dave’s leadership, Goodwill has maintained ISO certification since 2009, bringing a higher level of accountability to the organization and enabling Goodwill to expand job training opportunities for more than 100 people with disabilities.

    In addition, Goodwill’s sewing department has grown to provide safety, medical, retail and food services apparel. In 2016, the apparel line was rebranded and online sales were launched at edgarjamesapparel.com.

    Whether you believe you can or you can’t, either way, you’re right.
    -Henry Ford

  • image description Mark Lewis VP of Information Technology

    With Goodwill since 2014

    Mark joined the Goodwill team after the agency had outsourced IT for years. He began his career as a high school teacher and followed that with more than 15 years in IT. He also holds the following certifications: CCENT, MCSE, MCSA, Comptia A+, N+.

    Mark has strengthened Goodwill’s IT infrastructure at both the office level and in 19 retail stores across the state while serving nearly 600 employees.

    Some of his major accomplishments from the retail store standpoint include several very large and almost immediate changes. Bringing the point-of-sale solution (which runs the store cash registers) back in house required significant upgrades to servers and allowed Goodwill better security, performance and significant cost savings. Mark also changed how credit cards were being processed in order to provide customers better security at the time of purchase.

    At the administrative offices, he has played a key role in migrating the human resources department to a paperless, cloud-based platform. This robust system has changed the way Goodwill can hire, train and communicate with employees.

    “It is very rewarding to work with an organization that provides so much for the community. I believe very strongly in our mission and am excited to be a part of such a dedicated group of individuals that helps provide people educational and employment opportunities,” Mark said.
    Mark was recognized as a top Chief Information Officer by the Wichita Business Journal in 2016. Outside of work, he coaches a little league baseball team and is involved in his church as a parent leader for a teen recovery group.

    You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C. S. Lewis

  • image description Paula Page VP of Human Resources

    With Goodwill since 1995

    As a longtime employee, Paula has served in many human resources roles and was the first recipient of Goodwill’s Marie Mareda Outstanding Employee Award. Currently she is the VP of Human Resources and also serves as the agency’s Corporate Compliance Officer and EEO Coordinator.

    During her tenure at Goodwill Industries, Human Resources successfully implemented a 401K Program as well as obtained and maintained CARF and ISO certifications. Paula also led efforts to achieve record cost savings in worker’s compensation insurance and unemployment premiums. Together with her team, she has implemented a culture of employee recognition and celebration. Other focuses have included community partnerships and inclusion as well as staff training and support.

    The HR team has grown to include Safety and Risk Management which has had a substantial effect on the “bottom line” while ensuring that Goodwill is providing a safe environment for employees and customers.

    “I truly believe in the mission statement, and it is an honor to be part of this organization. I am so proud of how Goodwill has grown over the years,” she said.

    Paula wants to have a “positive and authentic presence in the lives of others.” She often drops off books in the Little Free Libraries that have popped up in Wichita neighborhoods, because she believes reading and literacy are important to overcoming barriers to communication, inclusion and employment.

    She has also participated in meetings with other groups who provide substance abuse support for family members and donates to groups and charities that she sees making a difference in the world.

    It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.
    -Audre Lorde.

  • image description Justin Rupert Director of Marketing and Communications

    With Goodwill since 2018

    As the Director of Marketing and Communications, Justin is responsible for conveying both the mission of, and the value associated in doing business with, Goodwill Industries of Kansas. Before his promotion to director, Justin coordinated the Learn IT Digital Skills program that provided no-cost computer training workshops to communities across the Goodwill territory. Cultivating and building relationships along the way gave him ample opportunity to hone his craft while also exploring the history and mission of Goodwill.

    With a background in broadcast television and advertising, Justin brings a wealth of marketing and communications experience to the role. His passion for the mission and knack for client relations help him to clearly convey Goodwill’s role in the community.

    “At our core, Goodwill believes in the power of work to transform people’s lives. Having the opportunity to witness that change firsthand and share the stories of people we serve is a responsibility I don’t take lightly and embrace whole heartedly.”

    “Today I escaped from the crush of circumstances, or better put, I threw them out, for the crush wasn’t from outside me but in my own assumptions.”
    -Marcus Aurelius

  • image description Greg Sandlin VP of Administration & CFO

    With Goodwill since 2003

    As a certified public accountant for more than 30 years and CFO for Goodwill since 2003, Greg has been key to the financial stability and growth of the agency. Greg’s close attention to costs and the bottom line has played a vital role as the organization has expanded. In addition to managing the organization’s finances, he also oversees human resources including personnel, loss prevention and agency accreditations. Greg also manages the organization’s IT and payroll departments and serves as the records manager.

    Greg’s contributions and leadership has earned the attention of his peers. In 2008, he was honored with the Marie Mareda award, the highest honor given by Goodwill Industries, which recognizes an outstanding employee who performs well above job expectations, exemplifying the value and standards of entrepreneurship and financial responsibility in carrying out the mission of Goodwill Industries. In 2015, he was recognized as a CFO honoree by the Wichita Business Journal.

    “I like working for Goodwill because we help those in need with the help of community donations and participation and with minimal government/taxpayer funding assistance. I believe we provide a vital service to our clients and are able to give them a good place to come and work,” Greg said.

    Greg volunteers as the treasurer for his church, Northside Church of Christ in Wichita.

    I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.

    -Ronald Reagan, 1st inaugural address, January 20, 1981

  • image description Chris Stanyer VP of Career Services

    With Goodwill since 2013

    As the VP of Goodwill’s Career Services, Chris oversees the operation of NexStep Alliance, a partnership between Goodwill and WSU Tech that offers GED completion programs and ESL classes throughout the year.

    Chris brings an extensive leadership background to his role, having served as the President and owner of a multi-state wholesale/retail business and a Vice-President of a national extended-stay hotel chain. His true passion, though, was realized in the nonprofit sector.

    Before coming to NexStep Alliance, he served as the adult education liaison for the Workforce Alliance, providing training and team-building opportunities for adult education programs and students.

    “Goodwill is a very special place and I’m proud to call it home,” Chris said. “Every person I’ve met within the Goodwill umbrella has an intrinsic passion for their work – there’s a tangible understanding that we serve something meaningful, worthwhile and special.”

    “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”
    -Ronald Reagan

  • image description Curtis Tatum VP of Workforce Development

    With Goodwill since 1998

    With more than 30 years in his field, Curtis has been instrumental in establishing Goodwill as one of the premiere providers of services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the state of Kansas. He serves on the Board of Directors of Interhab, a network of provider organizations that promotes policy and regulation as it relates to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the state of Kansas. He is also a surveyor/consultant for CARF, a national accreditation firm. He is a Certified Advanced Employment Training Specialist through the University of Missouri at Columbia. In addition, Curtis has served on many committees and boards throughout the years including the City of Wichita’s Citizens Rights and Services Board.

    “I like working for Goodwill because of our mission. The opportunity to affect the lives of so many people in a positive way and assist them with becoming as independent and self-sufficient as possible is priceless. The organization has great name recognition nationally and is a leader in the non-profit world,” Curtis said.

    Curtis enjoys giving back to the community through youth sports and has received a coach of the year award for Biddy Basketball. Being a coach, mentor and positive role model is important to him. He believes that developing the character of young men helps to develop future leaders.

    During Curtis’ time at Goodwill, he has been recognized for 15 years of service from both Goodwill and CARF. He also received the Marie Mareda Outstanding Employee of the Year award in 2006.

     You can’t miss what you never had, but when you’ve had something that has been good to you; you will always miss it when it’s gone.

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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Rob Harmon, INTRUST Bank, Board Chair
  • Bill Pickert, BKD CPAs & Advisors, Board Vice Chair
  • Sheree Utash, WSU Tech, Secretary
  • Vernon Dolezal, Friends University, Board Treasurer
  • Laura Ritterbush, Goodwill President & CEO
  • Cindy Carnahan, The Carnahan Group
  • Joe Johnson, Schafer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture
  • Doug Stark, ComfortCare Homes of Wichita

Board Members

  • Don Barry, Baird Financial Advisors
  • Trish Voth Blankenship, Foulston Siefkin, LLP
  • Raymond Dondlinger, Dondlinger Construction
  • Jennifur Gorman, Capitol Federal Savings
  • Bill Hanna, Emeritus
  • Tiffinie Irving, Education Contracting
  • Shawn Lancelot, Bank of America
  • Jimmy Martinez, Evergy
  • Todd McKee, Textron Aviation
  • Mark Nichols, Koch Industries
  • Todd Ramsey, Apples & Arrows