Leadership

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 Emily Compton President & CEO

    With Goodwill since 1986

    With more than 30 years in leadership roles at Goodwills across the country, Emily has called Goodwill Industries of Kansas home since 2005 as the President and CEO of the agency. During that time, her leadership has led to great strides in program innovation and growth for the organization.

    “I’m proud to work with an outstanding and forward thinking staff and board of directors who are willing to try new ventures that will continue to move the agency into the future,” Emily said.

    Some of her notable accomplishments include:

    • The Skills Development Adult Day Program has grown to serve nearly seven times the number of people with developmental disabilities. That program will continue to grow in 2017 with the opening of a store in Newton that features a pilot job training program for people with disabilities.
    • Goodwill case managers are serving a record number of clients and employment training specialists are placing nearly 90 people every year in competitive jobs.
    • Goodwill partnered with Wichita Area Technical College to form NexStep Alliance. The nationally recognized program has grown to serve more than 450 students every year in GED prep, college level certifications and ESL classes.
    • Project SEARCH, in partnership with Cintas Corporation, will be one of two programs of its kind in Kansas serving adults with developmental disabilities when it begins in June 2017.
    • Nine additional retail stores opened, bringing the total to 19 stores that help fund mission services.

    Most recently, Emily has been recognized as a top professional as a part of the Wichita Business Journal’s Women in Business Award (2014) and Goodwill was also recognized as Best in Business (2015 and 2016). A firm believer that strong local businesses strengthens the community, she also completed a year as chair of the Wichita Independent Business Association in 2016.

    Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. – W. Clement Stone

  • 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 Gayle Goetz VP of Career Services

    With Goodwill since 2004

    As the VP of Career Services, Gayle oversees Goodwill’s NexStep Alliance GED completion and ESL programs. She played a key role in designing and coordinating NexStep, an innovative partnership between Goodwill and Wichita Area Technical College. At NexStep, adults have the opportunity to work toward a GED with the option to take college level classes and pursue a professional certificate, all on one campus.

    The NexStep model has received national recognition and is the only Goodwill program of its kind in the country. With her experience in creating the program, Gayle has spoken at several national conferences about collaborations among public and private entities.

    “I like seeing people succeed in ways that surprise themselves and reach goals that seemed to be unattainable,” Gayle said.

    Her most recent accolades include the Goodwill Marie Mareda Outstanding Employee Award (2013), the Wichita Business Journal’s Innovation Award (2015) and the Wichita Business Journal’s Women in Business Award (2016). Gayle has been a member of the Rotary Club of Wichita since 1988 and served as a past president.

    We are all faced with a series of great opportunities – brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
    -John W. Gardner

  • 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 Molly Fox VP of Marketing & Development

    With Goodwill since 2014

    As the VP of Marketing and Development, Molly oversees all marketing, public relations and fundraising for the organization. She has dedicated her entire career to the nonprofit sector, overseeing fundraising for KPTS Public Television, Newman University and Kidzcope before coming to Goodwill. She has raised millions of dollars in her career to support programs in the Wichita and surrounding communities. Molly has worked in all aspects of fund development including annual fund, direct mail, corporate relations, special events, major gifts, planned giving and grant writing. In addition, she is experienced in developing boards and strategic planning.
    “I love the mission of putting people to work. It is so simple, yet so powerful. To see the clients and students who have discovered their worth and confidence are the true benefits to working at Goodwill! I also have the best team,” Molly said.

    Molly currently serves as the President of the Greater Wichita Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She also actively volunteers at her church and her children’s school.

    It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
    -Eleanor Roosevelt

  • 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 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 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.
    –unknown

Need Help?

Do you have questions or comments for our executive staff? Please visit our Contact page and send us a message!


Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Tom Dondlinger, Dondlinger Construction, Board Chair
  • Rhonda Dennis, Capitol Federal Savings, Board Vice Chair
  • Jimmy Martinez, Westar Energy, Board Secretary
  • Stephanie Bowen, Koch Industries, Board Treasurer
  • Patrick Goebel, Star Lumber
  • Joe Johnson, Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture
  • John “Cub” Marion, J.F. Marion, LLC
  • Emily Compton, Goodwill President & CEO

Board Members

  • Cindy Carnahan, The Carnahan Group
  • Vernon Dolezal, High Touch Technologies
  • Lauragail Gamble, City of Wichita
  • Marsha Geisert, Integrated Facilities Group
  • Bill Hanna, (Emeritus)
  • Rob Harmon, INTRUST Bank
  • Shawn Lancelot, Bank of America
  • Bill Pickert, BKD CPAs & Advisors
  • Alicia Thompson, USD 259
  • Sheree Utash, Wichita Area Technical College
  • Patricia Voth, Foulston Siefkin, LLP
  • Tod Wawzysko, Community Volunteer