Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors support and act as ambassadors for Goodwill’s mission of empowering people with disadvantages and different abilities to earn and keep employment through individualized programs and services.  It’s through their blend of expertise and diversity that the Board of Directors makes an important contribution in guiding our non-profit to help people in need reach their full potential through the Power of Work.


 

Board of Director Members:

President/CEO
Edward J Lada Jr.
Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas
 
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Chair                                                                                                   Vice Chair
Rick Otia                                                                                               Steven (Steve) D. Hamilton
Retired Vice President of Enterprise Services                                Retired Legal Professional
DST Systems
 
Treasurer                                                                                             Secretary
Jerry Barber                                                                                           Jodi Schade
Executive Vice President & COO                                                      Director of Marketing
Union Station Kansas City, Inc.                                                         Cox Automotive Inc.
 
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Manuel (Manny) Abarca IV                                                                  Andrew Place
Board of Directors and Treasurer                                                      Director, Financial Planning & Analysis
Kansas City Public Schools                                                                GEHA
 
Jameson T. Auten                                                                                  Kelly Schemenauer
Deputy CEO and COO                                                                       Vice President, Legal
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority                                      AMC Theatres
 
Mike Collins                                                                                           Kolette Schneider
Vice President, Strategy/Finance                                                      Retired Human Resources Professional
Freightquote                                                                                        DST Systems
 
Bruce Hart                                                                                              Awais Sufi
Principal and Engineer                                                                        CEO
WL Cassell & Associates                                                                    SchoolSmartKC
 
Lisa Schubert Hickok                                                                            Carolyn Vertovec
Consultant                                                                                           Regional Vice President
Merrill LLC                                                                                           Fisher Investments
 
Carlanda McKinney                                                                              Beth Ward
Sr. Solution Designer                                                                          Sr. Vice President — Supply Chain
Cerner Corporation                                                                            Hallmark Cards, Inc.  
 

 In Memoriam:

Bob Barton, appointed to our Goodwill of Western MO & Eastern KS Board of Directors in 1970, remained on the board until his passing in April 2018. Bob, recruited by a long time board member, felt that the mission of Goodwill was something he wanted to be a part of during his life. Bob served as Board Chair, Treasurer, Chair Finance Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, CEO Selection Committee and Executive Committee. We are so grateful for his dedication to Goodwill to empower people with disadvantages and different abilities to earn and keep employment.

Chris Winger, appointed to our Goodwill of Western MO & Eastern KS Board of Directors in 1992, remained on the board until his passing in October 2017. Chris followed in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who were all appointed to our Board of Directors before him. Chris served as Board Treasurer for four separate terms, as well as Chair of both the Finance and Audit Committees during his tenure. We are so thankful for his dedication to Goodwill to empower people with disadvantages and different abilities to earn and keep employment.
"Long family history with and serving Goodwill. For whom much is given, much is expected." - Chris Winger

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Bob Smart, appointed to our Goodwill of Western MO & Eastern KS Board of Directors in 1958, remained on the board until his passing in March of 2016. During his 58 years of service, Bob held several positions on our Goodwill board including Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chairman of the Board. He also served many years on our Trust Fund, Nominating and Executive Committees.  We hold him in high esteem, and are eternally grateful to his firm dedication to the power of work, that by empowering people with disadvantages and different abilities to earn and keep employment we strengthen the foundation of personal and community stability. 

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