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
Jameson T. Auten
Deputy CEO and COO
Kansas City Area Transporation Authority
 
Vice Chair
Beth Ward
Sr. Vice President - Supply Chain & Corporate Officer
Hallmark Cards, Inc
 
Treasurer
Andrew Place
Director, Financial Planning & Analysis
GEHA
 
Secretary
Steven (Steve) Hamilton
Retired Attorney
 
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Christian Scharosch
Managing Director
1248 Holdings & Montage Investments
 
 
Jason Spacek
Vice President, Corporate Initiatives
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
 
 
Awais Sufi
President and CEO
SchoolSmartKC
 
 
Kelly Schemenauer
Vice President, Legal
AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.
 
 
Mike Collins
Vice President, Strategy/Finance
Freightquote
 
 
Kolette Schneider
Retired Human Resources Professional
DST Systems
 
 
Ghadeer Garcia
Executive Director
The BrandLab
 
 
Sandra Garcia
Chief Legal Officer 
Metropolitan Community College
 
 
Carlanda McKinney
Director of Social Enterprise Development
CHWC, INC.
 
 
Carolyn Vertovec
Regional Vice President
Fisher Investments
 
 
Sheri Johnson 
Senior Vice President, Marketing
McCownGordon Construction  
 
 

 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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