Out on leave until April 2014
Director of Public Relations
National Media Calls Only
Phone: (240) 333-5266
Cell: (240) 388-8309
Public Relations Program Manager
National Media Calls Only
Phone: (240) 333-5590
Cell: (240) 620-7703
Public Relations Manager
National Media Calls Only
Phone: (240) 333-5523
Cell: (301) 503-2958
For national media interviews, e-mail Charlene and Joye.
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Goodwill Industries® has helped people go to work since 1902. We provide employment, job training and other community-based programs for people looking to advance their careers, build their skills and further their education. Learn more about our organization by checking out the list of resources below.
Goodwill served three million people through its career services in 2012. During that time, approximately nearly 217,000 Goodwill program participants in the United States and Canada obtained meaningful employment as a result of Goodwill career services programs. Each week, we share a new first-person story on our site. Hear the most recent stories below or browse individuals by geographic location or demographic type.
Jim Gibbons is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. Gibbons earned his B.S. in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was the first blind person to graduate with a master’s in business administration. An expert at social enterprise management, socioeconomic program strategy and leadership skills development, Gibbons is a veteran speaker, guest lecturer and information resource for advocates, educators and journalists. Learn more about Jim in the linked resources below.
Dr. A. Gidget Hopf is president and CEO of Goodwill of the Finger Lakes and its affiliate The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester. Dr. Hopf serves as a board member of Goodwill Industries International (where she sits on the executive committee as its vice chair), the NY State Vision Rehabilitation Association, and the Public Policy and Communications for the Board of the National Association for the Employment of People who are Blind, where she also serves as vice chair. She was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by her community in 2009. Get to know Gidget by reading her full biography below.
Lorie Marrero is an organizing expert, Goodwill spokesperson, founder of the Clutter Diet® and best-selling author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. Lorie helps people reduce clutter in their lives and organize their spaces. Since 2000, she has organized everything from households to chemistry labs to backstage tour cases. She has celebrity clients in the sports, entertainment and political arenas and is a leader and pacesetter in the professional organizing industry.
In 2006, Lorie launched the Clutter Diet, an innovative online member community that helps people “put their homes on a diet”. The program has helped thousands of people in eighteen countries, make the organizing expertise affordable and accessible to anyone, anywhere. You can see Lorie’s organizing advice in Women’s Day magazine where she is a contributor.
Lorie has been a Goodwill spokesperson for the Donate Movement since 2010, which encourages people to donate the things they no longer need and emphasizes the positive impact donating has on local communities. Lorie lives in Austin, TX.
To learn more about Lorie and the Clutter diet, visit www.clutterdiet.com.
Evette Rios is a lifestyle expert, writer, contributor to The Today Show and host of CBS’s Recipe Rehab. Prior to her work at CBS, she was a field correspondent and roving reporter for ABC’s The Chew. Latina Magazine has embraced Evette as one of the “70 Reasons to Love Being Latina Right Now”, calling her the “mobile Martha Stewart.” Evette is bilingual and a contributor to Univision’s Despierta América, Tu Desayuno, Alegre and Al Despertar.
Evette spent years as a contributing design expert and “buddy” on Rachael Ray, where she became known for fabulous hands-on advice, innovative crafts, and dramatic room revisions- wowing Rachael and the audience with budget-friendly projects that look like a million bucks. Evette’s work has appeared in rachaelray.com, xoJane.com, Parade.com, the English-language Latina-focused website, Mamiverse and many other media outlets.
As a spokesperson for Goodwill, Evette shares budget friendly design and fashion ideas from items bought at Goodwill as well as promotes vital job training and career development services to the Hispanic community. Evette lives in New York City.
To learn more about Evette, visit http://evetterios.com/.
January 16, 2014: Goodwill Opens Charter Schools to Give Dropouts a Second Chance at Education (PBS News)
September 30, 2013: Cleaning Out Baby Stuff and Donating to Goodwill (Disney Baby)
April 15, 2013: Beyoncé Wants You to Miss a Meal, Support Job Creation (ABC News)
March 31, 2013: On the Job: How to Network if You Don’t Work in an Office (USA TODAY)
March 28, 2013: The Most Important Social Enterprise in 2013? (Forbes)