Gerald L. Davis (President)
Before retiring in December 2019, Jerry Davis served as President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (GICT)*since 1998. GICT serves fifteen Central Texas counties surrounding the state capital of Austin. The organization provided 77,789 services to 13,297 people with barriers to employment in 2015. GICT employs over 1,200 people and generated revenues of $72M last year, making it the 15th largest of 183 Goodwill organizations worldwide. GICT is known for its standout staffing services, youth programs and electronic recycling/reuse programs, as well as its distinctly branded retail operation. Davis holds a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy (Ohio State University) and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Services Administration (DePaul University). He was a Rotarian and is active in community affairs, local boards and his church. Jerry, his wife Theresa and his two grown children enjoy soccer, travel, reading and gardening.
Albin Falkmer (Vice President)
“Albin is the Director of Communications of Samhall, a Swedish state-owned company assigned to provide meaningful and developing work for people with disabilities. With more than 24,000 employees in 200 cities, Samhall is one of the world’s largest employers of people with disabilities.
Albin has experience of combatting social exclusion from several positions in both the public and the private sector. He has previously served as the Chief of Staff of the Swedish Ministry for Employment and as Political Adviser to the Minister for Employment. He has also served in the Swedish parliament as an adviser on rehabilitation, social insurances and pension policies. Albin is married and lives in the city of Solna, where he is an elected member of the City Council and the Labor Market Committee.”
John Kelly currently serves as SourceAmerica’s Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy. SourceAmerica is a non-profit agency that maintains a network of more than 1,300 other non-profit organizations employing over 115,000 people with significant disabilities, nearly 45,000 through the AbilityOne Program. John joined SourceAmerica in 2001, and he leverages his extensive background in disability policy to ensure that individuals with disabilities have a strong voice on Capitol Hill.
Prior to assuming his current VP role, John worked in several SourceAmerica divisions including regional and national operations. He served as chair of the Prince William County Special Education Advisory Committee and chair of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (Virginia’s gubernatorial appointed Developmental Disabilities Council).
John has also held leadership positions at Borders Books, PepsiCo and spent three years teaching English in Japan. Originally from Maryland, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
GCE|Global Connections to Employment, Inc., Florida/USA
Mark Kessler is a Corporate Executive with more than 25 years Management and Business Development experience. He has dedicated a large part of his professional career developing strategic business lines for national non-profit and for-profit organizations, most of which focus on training, employing and accommodating individuals with disabilities.
As the Vice President of Business Development at Global Connections to Employment (GCE), Mark Kessler is responsible for developing strategic lines of business and overseeing the organization’s expansion into international markets.
During his tenure with SourceAmerica’s Business Development division, Mark developed many innovative and sizable AbilityOne contract opportunities. These projects significantly changed the landscape of Non-Profit Agencies (NPAs) performing within the Total Facilities Management (TFM) line of business and created hundreds of jobs.
As the Director of Operations and Business Development for Job Squad Inc., an AbilityOne provider, Mr. Kessler was instrumental in the development of new Federal and State contracts. Additionally, Mark was responsible for operational oversight and customer relations.
As the Director of Business Development with Remtech Services Inc., Mark Kessler was responsible for nationwide business development and project oversight for both commercial and Government customers interested in outsourcing Information Technology (IT) functions. Through the development of strategic teaming strategies, Mark directly contributed to the early graduation of this 8(a) small business.
National Disability Services, Sydney NSW, Australia
As the National Employment Manager I am responsible for providing leadership in influencing public policy, developing and disseminating information and providing sector development opportunities. I have been the NDS representative on the transition group for the new Disability Employment Contract for Open Employment, which came into effect on 1 July 2018.
The transition group was made up of key stakeholders, the chief of these being the Department of Social Services. Through my involvement I was able to ensure the structure of the contract was financially viable and allowed the design of a program that was easy to implement, was person centered, and provided choice and control to participants with a disability. This included advocating on a number of contentious points on behalf of NDS members and influencing the shape, underpinning guidelines and performance measures of the program.
Shanti Raghavan, is the Founder and Managing Trustee of Enable India, a non profit organization established in 1999 working for economic independence and dignity of persons with disability.
She is an Ashoka fellow, a social entrepreneur who has pioneered disability livelihood models, methodologies and frameworks and innovative workplace solutions. She has been a speaker for disabled livelihoods at various international and national conferences such as Workability Asia, UNESCO, Indo-US, IIM, NASSCOM, CII, FICCI, Techshare and more. She is on the governing council of Skill Council for Persons with Disability (ScPWD, NSDC, Central Govt). She is also on the advisory committee for National Trust NSDC District saturation model and board member for JSS PDA and is on the Technical Advisory Group for Dr. Reddy’s Foundation.
Prior to Enable India, she has 12 years international experience in the software industry working in AT&T, Bell Labs, ADP, Cybercash, GE Aircraft Engines in diverse domains ranging from business intelligence, stock exchange, finance, e-commerce, telecom, aviation technology and military.
Shanti holds a bachelor's degree (B.E) in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University and master's degree (M.S) in Computer Science from Monmouth University, New Jersey, USA.
Goodwill/Easterseals Minnesota, Minnesota/USA
Dr. Michael Wirth-Davis is president and CEO of Goodwill-Easterseals Minnesota, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. He began his tenure in November 1990. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota provides education, job training and placement services to eliminate barriers to work and independence, and has served the state of Minnesota for nearly 100 years as a leader in workforce development. In fiscal year 2016, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota provided services to over 22,300 people. Those services included 1,503 job placements and 286 career advancements for persons participating in our programs. Revenue from 45+ retail stores, along with other contributions, supports programs throughout Minnesota. Our “donate-shop-reuse-educate-employ” model diverts over 50 million pounds (22,600,000 kilograms) of goods from landfills annually and brings us one step closer to a world where everyone experiences the power of work.
Dr. Wirth-Davis has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of nonprofit and community leadership positions. He has served in national leadership roles for both Goodwill Industries International (GII) and Easterseals. Since 1981, he has served as a national surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Wirth-Davis is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and is a member of the Humphrey School’s Future Services Institute in its Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center. He is also an adjunct faculty member for Hamline University’s School of Business Graduate Program in Nonprofit Management, and co-chairs the School of Business Dean’s Advisory Committee.
His interests include ethics, board governance, strategic planning, organizational development, leadership and management, public policy and international rehabilitation.
Access4u, South Australia
Ms. Miller had been the Chief Executive Officer for MINDA, Inc., one of South Australia's largest disabilty organizations for over years. More recently, she became the CEO of Access4u which exists primarily to help people with disability to navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme, optimising their plans and activating effective supports.
Thail Workability Trade Association, Thailand
Workability Thailand (WTH) is Non-Governmental Organization promoting employability for people with disabilities to have an equal opportunities with others. Moreover, we encourage workability skill development for PWDs for sustainable quality of life and constantly equivalent with internationally.
As of the president of Workability Thailand (WTH), I truly believe the public private partnerships can produce fruitful outcomes to engage all stakeholders to involve in driving the change for the greater opportunity and shared value for “Together We Can Make the Difference.”
Jon Ander is the Innovation Manager in GUREAK, a Basque group of companies that generates and manages steady work opportunities suitably adapted for persons with disabilities, with priority on people with intellectual disability in Gipuzkoa.
Senior Engineer, specialized in Industrial Organization by TECNUN (University of Navarra) and Master's Degree in Occupational Risk Prevention, Safety and Ergonomics by Basque Public University in 1998.
He started his career at GUREAK in 1998 as Senior Technician in Safety at Work. In 2002 he joined the Management of the Gureak laundry and in 2004 he became responsible for the analysis of new activity projects for Gureak, evolving until his current position of Innovation Manager as part of the Board of Directors in the company, with an experience of more than 20 years on disability related projects.
SOTEK FOUNDATION, Finland
Marjo Jokipii is President & Chief Executive Officer of Sotek Foundation and the chairman of the Board of Goodwill Suomi Oy. The organization currently serves successfully more than 1000 clients yearly and operates mostly in Southern parts of Finland.
Jokipii joined the organization in 2008 and has served in different leadership roles first being in charge of the mission and workforce development services till 2016. From 2016 till September 2017 she was the acting COO and became President and CEO in September 2017. Under her leadership, the organization has significantly grown the number of services they provide to people with challenging barriers to employment. Marjo Jokipii holds a master’s degree in Education.
Sotek-säätiö sr is a foundation founded in 2004 and it offers work services (subsidized work, supported work and training), rehabilitation services, education programs, productive work, day-to-day, run different development projects and other activities in order to improve and support long term unemployed, disabled, intellectually disabled people and people under threat of social exclusion. The goal is to maintain and improve individual’s ability to work and function in society. October 2014 Sotek foundation started its partnership with Goodwill Industries International and through that Goodwill’s presence was expanded to Finland.
Tom Hicks is Head of Communications and Policy at Remploy, one of the United Kingdom's largest specialist disability employment organisations. In this role, he has overall responsibility for Remploy's communications, marketing and stakeholder engagement, working closely with employers, government bodies, and voluntary sector partners. He is also responsible for developing policy projects that support Remploy’s mission to transform lives through sustainable employment.
During his time at Remploy, Tom has sat on a number of expert groups and has also developed his own research projects, including on employment support for people with learning disabilities, and on the disability employment gap. In addition, he has spoken on best practice in inclusive employment at conferences in Europe, South America, the United States and Australasia.
Prior to joining Remploy, Tom worked at the United Kingdom Parliament. He holds a degree in Government from the London School of Economics.
ACTIV, Perth, Australia
Danielle Newport was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Activ in April 2016. Prior to this, Danielle held the positions of Chief Financial Officer (2011-2013), General Manager of Strategy and Finance (2013-2014) and General Manager Strategy (2014-2016).
Danielle is passionate about Activ’s purpose of enabling people living with disability to achieve a better life and is committed to supporting and realising the potential of Activ’s customers and staff alike. In addition to Danielle’s roles at Activ, she is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a qualified accountant (CPA) and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia Chartered Secretary (FGIA/FCIS).
Rainbow Centre, Singapore
Rei Na is currently the head of Enterprise and Vocational Development Unit at Rainbow Centre as a seconded staff from the National Council of Social Services (NCSS). Prior to this, Rei Na spent 9 years heading the Social Enterprises and Business Incubation team at MINDS, an organization serving children and adults with special needs. Rei Na specializes in starting up and operationalizing sustainable businesses employing persons with special needs. She is an advocate for fair employment practices and have given talks both locally and internationally to promote ideas on how companies and governments can make this a possibility.
Kelly J. Kamerer, General Secretary
Kelly Kamerer joined Goodwill Industries of Central Texas in September 2000 and was the Senior Director of Executive Support, and Executive Assistant to the President & CEO until December, 2019.
Kelly worked directly with the Board Directors of Goodwill Central Texas (GCT), Goodwill Education Board (GEB), Goodwill Staffing Group Board, and the Blue Solutions Board. She was an active member of the GCT Leadership team, and currently serves as director of local board, RCAH. She has a degree in Business Management/Administration and was named General Secretary for Workability International, the world’s largest body representing providers of work and employment services to people with disabilities, in 2017.