Tobi Mathouser | President & CEO
As president and CEO, Tobi oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of Goodwill Omaha’s mission programs and retail organization. Tobi began her career with Goodwill as a mission program coordinator in October 2006. Since then, she has served in a variety of positions at Goodwill, including organizational development manager, federal contracts director and mission advancement director.

In 2017, Tobi enrolled in Goodwill Industries International’s Executive Development Program, a globally respected, award-winning program designed to mold experienced leaders within Goodwill organizations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology from the University of Nebraska–Omaha, and she is a graduate of Goodwill Industries International’s Senior Leadership Program.

Elaine Leibert | Vice President of Administration
Elaine joined Goodwill’s team in December 2019. She has nearly 25 years of experience in the finance industry, and her previous role was as the COO at the Strategic Air Command (SAC) & Aerospace Museum. Elaine also held several controller positions where she oversaw finance departments at multiple locations and with budgets in excess of $50 million. Her expertise includes financial analysis, budgeting and strategic planning.

Although she has worked at for-profit businesses for the majority of her career, Elaine has spent the past eight years working for nonprofit organizations. She is an operations-focused leader who consistently looks to improve efficiencies and transparency for both internal and external customers.

Linda Kizzier | Director of Mission Programs
As director of mission programs, Linda Kizzier is responsible for Goodwill Omaha’s mission-related programs, including Work Experience, YouthBuild, and Employment Solutions.  Linda has extensive experience in managing and overseeing programs and services for individuals with disabilities or disadvantaging conditions.

Linda is a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and maintains a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) credential. She has worked at Goodwill Omaha since 1998 and has a bachelor’s degree in human and social services administration.

Janelle Ellis | Director of Retail Operations
Janelle began her career with Goodwill as an assistant store manager in September 2006. Serving Goodwill in various roles throughout her tenure, she currently leads Goodwill’s retail operations for our 17 retail locations and three attended donation centers (ADCs). Janelle also oversees transportation and logistics, facilities maintenance, and custodial contracts. Janelle is a graduate of the University of Nebraska–Kearney.

 

Erin Blackledge | Director of Human Resources
Erin joined Goodwill in May 2013 as a human resources specialist, and her exemplary record and continued professional development have led to multiple promotions since then. In December 2019, Erin was named Goodwill’s human resources director, and she currently oversees the organization’s HR, safety and loss prevention.

Erin earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and she holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

Michael Sachar | Director of Information Technology
Michael joined Goodwill in July 2018 and is responsible for Goodwill Omaha’s technology networks and systems, including network privacy and security, point-of-sale technology, hardware and software acquisition and implementation, and strategic technology roadmap.

Prior to that, he served as the IT manager at Cabelas, director of point-of-sale (POS) systems at Beall’s Department Stores, and IT director at the Smithsonian. Michael is a graduate of Huntingdon College.

Amy Goldyn | Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Amy joined Goodwill Omaha in July 2019 with extensive experience in branding, marketing, advertising and public relations. Her specialty is in implementing and using strategic marketing to differentiate an organization from its competitors by focusing on its strengths to provide better service and value to customers. She’s worked in, consulted for, and led marketing and PR teams in many industries, including IT/software development, nonprofit, financial services, property inspection, health care and consumer packaged goods.

Throughout her career, Amy has been pivotal in developing memorable brands, impactful messaging and effective campaigns for regional, national and international organizations.

Tara Sandle | Director of Contracts
Tara joined Goodwill Omaha in January 2020, and, as director of contracts, she oversees Goodwill’s AbilityOne contracts and program, which provide jobs for people with disabilities at four federal government sites in Omaha, Lincoln and Bellevue. Prior to joining Goodwill Omaha, Tara was the education director at the Strategic Air Command (SAC) & Aerospace Museum, where she oversaw the department’s operations and helped develop new educational programs for Nebraska youth.

Tara grew up in upstate New York and moved to Omaha in 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in American and world history, both from SUNY Brockport.

Greg Russell | Director of Finance
Greg joined Goodwill Omaha in February 2021. As director of finance, he oversees Goodwill’s accounting team, finances, reporting and annual audit. Greg is a certified public accountant (CPA), and, with more than 20 years in various finance and accounting roles for food-related businesses in the Omaha area, he brings to Goodwill Omaha a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

 

 

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