Meet the brains behind our social consciousness. These are some of the people who dedicate their time and expertise to help Goodwill put people to work.
James C. Teter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona, has more than 26 years of experience with high-profile corporations such as IBM and Avnet. Most recently, he was Chief Operating Officer of Calence, LLC in Tempe, Arizona. Prior to his tenure with Calence, Teter served in a number of roles with Avnet including President of Avnet’s Enterprise Solutions Division, Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development, Senior Vice President Marketing in the IBM Business Unit and Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Savoir Technology Solutions – which was purchased by Avnet in late 1999.
Tim O’Neal, Chief Operating Officer, has helped grow Goodwill of Central Arizona into one of the top nonprofit organizations in the United States. As a dynamic and inspirational executive, O’Neal has spearheaded the Retail and Client Services teams’ efforts to achieve and surpass strategic goals. In fact, while serving as Vice President of Retail Operations from 1999 to 2007, O’Neal played a key role in increasing retail operations by 3000 percent, where he oversaw operations for 36 Goodwill stores in central Arizona. In his current role as Chief Operating Officer, O’Neal is responsible for leading the Retail, Marketing, Construction, Development, Loss Prevention and Mission Services divisions, including responsibility for exceeding revenue, people served and people placed goals.
Tanya Perry, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joined Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona in 2007 as Controller, where she created a strong infrastructure that played a key role in significantly enhancing the stability, credibility and overall effectiveness of the financial operations of the organization. Perry continues to provide the financial leadership that has helped contribute to the organization’s improved financial condition during her tenure. Perry has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial arena, including leadership roles in both public accounting and private industry. She spent approximately nine years in public accounting, where she specialized in audits of not-for-profit organizations and eventually managed the firm’s nonprofit audit practice.
Valerie Brown is the Senior Executive Administrator and joined Goodwill in 2004. Brown is responsible for managing the CEO and COO office operations and supports Goodwill’s Board of Directors and its committees. Additionally, she is the Board liaison and oversees all administrative support for Goodwill of Central Arizona. Brown has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit administration and management, including 16 years in support of senior executives. Her previous experience includes commercial and residential real estate transactions, insurance, working with boards of directors, travel and corporate aviation.
Neal Goodrich, Goodwill’s Chief Information Officer, draws upon a 21-year track record in providing innovative information technology and networking strategies and solutions. Prior to joining Goodwill, Goodrich held senior IT leadership roles in organizations ranging from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 50 companies. He has also served as a senior consultant and advisor to multiple Fortune 500 companies and government organizations. Goodrich has played a key role in putting Internet technologies to work in mainstream business computing.
Jackie Halleen is Vice President of Retail Operations, having previously served as the Assistant Vice President of Retail, Retail District Manager and Retail Training Director. Halleen has 19 years of experience in the fashion industry as a buyer. Prior to joining Goodwill, she worked with a major thrift company for nine years, developed a small thrift company in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and owned a wholesale clothing business.
Nobumichi Hara, Senior Vice President of Human Capital, has been with Goodwill of Central Arizona for seven years and has over 23 years of experience as the top human resource leader in various companies representing variety of industries. Hara has worked directly for CEOs and with Boards to deliver business strategies and significant improvements in human resource management for growing companies. Through creative and innovative approaches, he has garnered national and local best practice awards including Arizona Best Places to Work, Washington State “Best Employer to Work For” and national “Best Employer for Employee Financial Security.” Hara has also served on a variety of not-for-profit Boards including the United Way, The Physician Hospital Community Organization, The Senior Human Resource Executive Council, Arizona Total Rewards Association, and currently serves as the State Director for the Arizona State Society of Human Resource Management. Hara received his MBA from California State University, Long Beach, and holds a Senior Professional Human Resource certification.
Dolan Leveen has served as Vice President of Operational Risk Management since September 2002. Leveen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, with minors in Economics and Communications from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, where he also played for the basketball team. Before joining the Goodwill team, Leveen served as a Loss Control Manager for Lowes and as a Regional Sales Manager for Dent Wizard. Leveen also served as a Store Manager for Kmart where he worked for more than 15 years.
Courtney Nelson is Goodwill’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. During her tenure, Nelson has helped to enhance the Goodwill of Central Arizona brand through consistent and strategic efforts in Public Relations, Marketing, Social Media, Events and Advertising. Before joining Goodwill, Nelson worked with a local nonprofit, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, as the Marketing and Giving Coordinator. In addition, Nelson worked for approximately seven years in the advertising industry where she managed a multitude of accounts including, a state-wide water conservation campaign, a tourism campaign for a local county, a short-term lending company and oversaw the retail marketing account for Goodwill of Central Arizona for Park&Co.
Kim Ryder, Vice President, Real Estate and Commercial Services, is responsible for overseeing construction, tenant improvements and building maintenance at all Goodwill of Central Arizona facilities. During her tenure with Goodwill, Ryder has been responsible for the build-out of more than 1 million square feet of retail and commercial office space. Ryder previously served as a store manager, district manager and operations director, and has spent her entire career in the retail thrift industry.
Richmond J. Vincent, Jr., draws upon his 20-year track record in business, funds and workforce development to continue the transformation of Goodwill’s job training programs from a human services focus to a human capital paradigm. Vincent most recently served as the Director of Community Development; in which, he spearheaded the start-up of Goodwill’s Philanthropic Program. Before joining Goodwill, Vincent held senior leadership roles in organizations ranging from business ownership to banking and Fund development. He has also served as Chair of the Maricopa County Workforce Investment Board; Treasurer of the National Association of Workforce Board; member of the Governor’s Council on Workforce Policy; and Vice Chairman of the Catholic Healthcare West’s East Valley Foundation Board.
Petra Schaumburg-Fitch, Director of Community Development, is responsible for Goodwill of Central Arizona’s Philanthropic Program. Her experience spans over 10 years working for nonprofit organizations in Arizona. Prior to joining Goodwill, Schaumburg-Fitch held fundraising positions with The Phoenix Symphony, The Wellness Community and Thunderbird School of Global Management. Most recently, Schaumburg-Fitch served as Associate Director of Corporate Relations for the Arizona State University Foundation, where she was instrumental in raising more than $7 million dollars in support of strategic initiatives in the areas of nursing, journalism and sustainability.