Serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin for nearly 100 years as a leader in workforce development, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota provides education, job training and placement services to eliminate barriers to work and independence. Revenue from 50 retail stores, along with other contributions, supports programs throughout MN and western WI. Our “donate-shop-reuse-educate-employ” model diverts over 60M pounds from landfills annually and brings us one step closer to a world where everyone experiences the power of work.
A world where everyone experiences the power of work.
To eliminate barriers to work and independence.
Our efforts are guided by a core set of values that steer our everyday decisions to fulfill our mission in the community:
We believe all people have the right to work and our organization regularly advocates on behalf of people with barriers to work and independence. Every year we make progress in advancing workforce-related public policy, engaging with 100+ elected officials on public policy objectives and participating in events at the state capitol. GESMN is a member of the MN Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and the MN Second Chance Coalition.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Sales &
Chief Human Resources
& Risk Officer
Chief Services and
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Joseph M. Barsky III, MBA (ex-officio)
Chair, Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation
Margaret Camp, MBA, JD ('23)
Vice President of Product Development,
Kortney Cartwright ('21)
District Branch Manager, BCForward
Nicole Cooper, MPH, DrPH ('21)
Senior Director of Mission Distinction & Corporate Social Responsibility, UnitedHealthcare
Sonjia Erickson ('23)
Design Director, Product Design and Development, Target Corporation
Mike Finger, MA ('22)
Peggy L. Kadlec ('21)
Chief Human Resources Officer/Executive,
Rachel Lockett, ('21) Vice Chair
Chief Information Officer, Pohlad Companies /Marquette Companies
Wendy Mahling, JD, ('22) Chair
Managing Attorney and Assistant Corporate Secretary, Xcel Energy
Sita Morantz ('23) Secretary
President and Chief Administrative Officer,
Marsden Holding L.L.C.
Leslie Olson, MBA ('23) Treasurer
Director, Field Reporting & Analytics,
Valerie Krzywkowski Snyder, JD ('22)
Supervising Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
Ed Surko, MBA ('21)
Vice President, Deposit and Payment Solutions, U.S. Bank Minneapolis
Richard Tepe, MBA, CFA ('22)
Finance Director, Investor Relations,
Michael Vinyon, JD ('22)
Regional Managing Director, The Wells Fargo Private Bank
Michael Wirth-Davis, DrPA (ex-officio)
President & CEO,
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Marketing & Communications Director
Retail Stores Senior Director
Ann Marie Courchene
Retail Operations and Logistics Senior Director
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota holds many certifications and accreditations to ensure transparency with donors and the highest level of service to our program participants. Nationally, Goodwill is rated an "A" grade by Charity Watch, and GESMN just earned its ninth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, a distinction obtained by only 2% of charities they review nationwide.
In 2016 and 2017, Americans told the World Value Index that Goodwill is the brand they trust more than any other. The World Value Index is based on a nationally representative, comprehensive survey of 3,000 Americans on perception, awareness and behaviors in response to the purpose and mission of organizations and brands.
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the Federal Tax ID: 41-0706171.