Serving Minnesota 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 45+ retail stores, along with other contributions, supports programs throughout MN. Our “donate-shop-reuse-educate-employ” model diverts over 50M 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 Finance Officer
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Lisa Manzey Adelmann, MBA, CPA, Past Chair Partner, McCracken Manzey Consulting
Joseph M. Barsky III, MBA
Chair, Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation
Vice President of Product Development, Wolters Kluwer
Debbie Galka, MBA
Chief Risk Officer, U.S. Bank
Jerome Hamilton, CPIM, CQE, Vice Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Open Therapeutics
Peggy L. Kadlec
Chief Human Resources Officer/Executive, Cadré Incorporated
Associate Director of Equity and Engagement, Urban Homeworks
Chief Information Officer, Pohlad Companies /Marquette Companies
Wendy Mahling, JD, Secretary
Lead Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy
President and Chief Administrative Officer, Marsden Holding L.L.C.
Leslie Olson, MBA, Senior Manager – Field Reporting & Analytics, Thrivent Financial
Catherine Stemper, MBA (’21)
Vice President – Enterprise Excellence Global Healthcare, Ecolab
Ed Surko, MBA
Vice President, Deposit and Payment Solutions, U.S. Bank Minneapolis
Mary Jo Hegge-Swanson, DNP, MPH, RN, Chair
Chief Clinical Operations Executive, University of Minnesota Health
Richard Tepe, CFA, Treasurer
Finance Director – Investor Relations, Target Corporation
Michael Vinyon, JD
Regional Director – Private Banking, Wells Fargo
Michael Wirth-Davis, DPA
President & CEO, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Marketing & Communications Director
Ann Marie Courchene
Retail Sales Senior Director
Services & Programs Senior Director
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Michael recently celebrated his 26th year of service as President and CEO of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota. He has a doctorate in Public Administration (D.P.A.), teaches a class or two at local colleges and volunteers his time speaking to various groups year-round. Is he making a million dollars a year? No, but he is fairly compensated for having the responsibility of managing more than 2,500 employees and ensuring that one of Minnesota's largest nonprofits fulfills its mission. Check out our annual report and our Form 990 to get the facts.
Every one of our 2,500+ employees earn more than the MN minimum wage. While some Goodwills nationally use the federal minimum wage exemption to provide employment support to people with very severe disabilities, we do not.
Our 45+ retail stores provide funding for services and programs that eliminate barriers to work and independence. Customers champion our mission and raise nearly $1M rounding up at the register each year! While items are donated to us, we employ staff to process items and recycle non-sellable items. Shopping and donating in our stores helps us place four people in the workplace every day!
Our “donate-shop-reuse-educate-employ” model diverts over 50M pounds from landfills annually and 60% of our stores are Energy Star rated. We also lead the Metro area as a provider of electric car charging stations in 60% of our store locations. To add perspective, 50M pounds is equivalent to 110 Statue of Liberties and could fill CHS Field 13 times! Read more.
Donations stock our stores to support our mission, but there are costs to get that lamp from your trunk onto a shelf. An attendant unloads donations, processors sort/price items and cashiers help customers.
It takes 2.75 hours of staffing to process just 50 items and we stock 1,000+ new items daily in every store! We also have expenses like rent, lighting and cooling to make your shopping experience clean and comfortable.
Many items start at just $1.99 and we offer weekly promotions and sales. Sign up at gesmn.org/signup so you don’t miss savings!
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. Download a copy of the 2017 report.
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the Federal Tax ID: 41-0706171.