Letter from Leadership


Dear Friends of Goodwill,

Thanks to you, as a Goodwill donor, shopper, and loyal supporter, 2012 was a record-breaking year across our entire organization.  We set new records in the number of people we trained and placed into jobs, opening day store sales and retail revenue.  Goodwill’s 770 staff members in every division helped over 33,000 people in the communities we serve.  

As a result of our services, 2,464 individuals were able to attain employment. This means that every 3.5 hours, someone was given the purpose, hope and stability that come with having a job and being able to provide for their family.

Since 1919, we have dedicated ourselves to the citizens of central Maryland and the Eastern Shore. We are committed to serving anyone in our community who needs our help finding gainful employment. If there is someone who has little or no work experience, a mental or physical disability, or needs to learn new skills, we are here to help.  

Enabling this successful fulfillment of our mission, we made ourselves more available to our donors and shoppers in 2012 by opening a record three new stores and a new outlet, the most ever in a single year. First-day sales set a new record with each successive store opening and for the year, retail sales were 11.3% higher than that of the previous year.  Our 2012 financial performance was the best in our history with our operating revenue totaling $49.9 million. We were able to collect over 34 million pounds of clothing and household goods and diverted 20 million pounds from going into landfills. Again, we have you, our donors, shoppers and supporters to thank for this.

As the organization thrived, Goodwill’s employees proclaimed us one of the Baltimore Sun’s Top Workplaces, based on job satisfaction. Further, nearly a third of Goodwill’s newly-hired employees were recruited from our very own workforce development programs, an all-time high.

We know that a job can change a life, the livelihood of a family, and the health and growth of the communities in which we live. As we look toward the future of Goodwill, we are always aiming to find new ways to support our community and fulfill our mission. We know that we cannot do this alone, so we are thankful to everyone who has supported, encouraged and continues to be involved with our efforts. 


R. Dean Kenderdine
Chairman of the Board

Lisa Rusyniak
President & CEO

Board of Directors - Officers

Chair R. Dean Kenderdine Maryland State Retirement Agency

Vice Chair/Treasurer Jeff Jacobson Mister, Burton and French, LLC

Immediate Past Chair Frances Taylor Taylor & Ryan, LLC

Secretary Joan Corcoran Attorney, Community Volunteer

President & CEO Lisa Rusyniak Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.

Board of Directors - Directors

Robert Aumiller MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate

Laura Barnard T. Rowe Price

Joy Bramble The Baltimore Times

Kevin Byrne The Baltimore Ravens

David J. Downey, Jr. Cassidy Turley

Joe Durham M&T Bank

Dennis E. Finnegan 1st Mariner Bank

Gary Geisel Community Volunteer

Herbert Goldman Gordon Feinblatt, LLC

Kenneth Grant The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Andre Johnson Key Solutions Commercial

Lillian Suffolk Kilroy OneMain Financial

Robert Kimmons The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Andrew D. Levy Brown, Goldstein and Levy, LLP

Lisa Michocki Towson University

Jayne Miller WBAL-TV

Alexander Sanchez Office of the Mayor

Kathleen Snyder Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Bonnie Stein PNC Wealth Management

Joel Suldan Life Bridge Health

Joyce R. Van Dee, Esq. Law Offices of Joyce Rogers Van Dee

Ashley Warrick Reznick Group

Kim Weaver Diversity Transitions

Donna Wilson IWIF Workers Compensation Insurance

Chairmans Advisory Council

Kevin Abell

Roberto Allen

Dallas Arthur

Mark Barker

Allen “Mac” Barrett

Tom Burden

James Cole

M. Jenkins Cromwell

Gwen Davidson

Tom Finney

Ronald Fradkin

Carolyn McGuire-Frenkil

Don Fry

C. Gordon Haines

Kendra Heyde

Marty King

Deborah Knight-Kerr

Gail Letts

Bruce McLean

David Meese

Alvin Miller

Will Minkin

James Piper III

Wayne Resnick

Frederica Saxon

Malinda Small

Janet Tolbert

President's Advisory Council

Tedd Alexander III

Peter Chesner

Clay Henry

Doug Hiob

Phil Holmes

Phyllis Wilkins

Rosetta Kerr Wilson

Life Members

Henry H. Miller

Thomas O. Nuttle

Brooks Robinson

Marge Thomas

Executive Staff

Lisa Rusyniak President and CEO

Jerry Grasso Senior Vice President & CFO

Hassan James Vice President, Public Policy and Development

Karen Pearson Vice President, Workforce Development

Amy Newman Vice President, Human Resources

Angie Green Assistant to the President