About Goodwill

Who We Are

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a human service agency and network of not-for-profit businesses whose mission is to help people with special needs overcome barriers to employment and enjoy the dignity and benefits of work and improved quality of life.

Under a franchise-like agreement with Goodwill Industries International, we serve eight counties in southwestern Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland) and nine counties in north central West Virginia (Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor and Upshur).

With over 1,000 employees and annual revenues of nearly $50 million, our agency ranks as one of the largest Goodwill organizations in the U.S.

What We Do

Goodwill SWPA provides a broad array of employment-related education and workforce development programs and services for people with physical and intellectual disabilities and other barriers to employment.

As one of the largest and most diverse social and human service organizations in the region, Goodwill serves thousands of people each year.  Additionally, Goodwill helps thousands of individuals find jobs annually.

Our employment services programs are accredited by CARF, an independent, non-profit accrediting body whose official certification is a mark of distinction among agencies that provide such services.

We have more than 30 stores and several other businesses to help to support our programs and to provide training and employment opportunities for clients. Revenues from Goodwill stores – along with income from our other business units, salvage sales, contract work, rehabilitation grants and fees, and public support – go directly to job-training services and equipment needed by people with disabilities and disadvantages.

An average of over 90% of all revenue raised by Goodwill supports our job-training and employment programs.

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Our History

Goodwill was founded in Boston in 1902 and has evolved into a large and diverse international organization that includes more than 200 autonomous, community-based agencies in the United States, Canada and other countries.

The first Goodwill workshop in Pittsburgh opened in the Strip District in 1919. After operating in several other locations and growing over the years, the agency moved in 1967 to the South Side, a building that once was the “company store” of J & L Steel Corporation.  In 2010, Goodwill moved its Workforce Development Center to Lawrenceville!

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Goodwill Staff Leadership


Bora Caliskan
Director of Operations

Cathy Davis
Director of Risk Management

Elizabeth Neidle
Director of Housing

Ella Holsinger
VP of Human Services

Kathy Hrala
Assistant VP of Program Management

Amy Kacmar
Executive Director of Affliate Operations

Darin Postlewait
Facilities Director

John O'Britz
Chief Financial Officer

Kirk Selenberg
Associate VP of Technology

Mike Smith

Bob Stape
VP of Retail

David Tobiczyk
VP of Marketing & Development

Patty Trainer
COO / Chief Compliance Officer

Melissa Wolkiewicz
Executive Assistant to President/CEO & COO

Eric Yenerall
Assistant VP of Program Development

Michelle Zajac
Director of Human Resources


2015 Board Members


Frank Hammond

Vice Chairperson
Shawn P. Hanlon

John L. Kraus

Robert J. Tiskus

Immediate Past President
R. Yvonne Campos

Michael J. Smith


Board Members
Raymond C. Amelio
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton
Heather N. DeBiase
J. Ardie (Butch) Dillen
James M. Droney, Jr.
Wendy Roehrich Hall
Rev. Larry P. Homitsky
Kenneth M. Johnston
Donald L. Kalkbrenner, Jr.
John C. Krouse
Marion P. Lewis
David Lund
Mauro L. Macioce
Brian Marflak
John A. Mills, III
Mark Popovich
Karen Priore
David G. Reese
Demeshia Seals
Michael Sealy
Jason A. Sigal
Morton D. Stanfield
Raymond H. Steeb, III
Marijane Treacy

Emeritus Members
Mario Farina
Cosette Grant-Overton
Patrick J. Guinee
Karen L. Larrimer
Albert H. Mercer
William G. Stayduhar, CPA
Jeffrey W. Sterling

Honorary Members
James C. Roddey