Changing lives through the

power of work.


Our vision is to be recognized as

the leader providing Vocational

Services in our service area.


Rayne Burr

Office Controller

(440) 964-3565 (ext. 229)

Beth Oliver

Records Manager/CCO/CPO

(440) 964-3565 (ext. 229)

Esmond Colvin

Director of Operations

(440) 855-7438

1900's - Goodwill is founded in Boston, MA in 1902 by Rev. Edgar James Helms, a Methodist minister, and early social innovator.

1940's- Goodwill becomes known for helping people with disabilities through job training. 

1960's- Goodwill becomes the uncontested leader in vocational rehabilitation. Boston designer Joseph Selame creates the universally recognized "Smiling G" Goodwill logo.

2000's - Helms’ dream of launching Goodwills around the world is realized — 36 associate members operate in 25 countries

Today - Goodwill is a 116-year-old, $5 billion nonprofit organization that is recognized as one of the top 5 non-profits globally.

Brittany Berry

HR Generalist

(440) 964-3565 

Paige Robinson

Director of Mission + Human Resources
(440) 855-2538

Michele Hudson

Director of Donated Goods Retail

(440) 855-2197

Goodwill is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that collectively serves over 264 Million individuals annually and places over 300,000 of those individuals into the workforce. Nationally, there are more than 3,000 retail stores operated by 161 autonomous Goodwill headquarters, each governed by a separate board, CEO, and executive staff. Every time you donate your gently used clothing or household items to Goodwill, you are directly bettering the lives of individuals in your very own local community, as you give them a chance to work. Every time you shop at a Goodwill retail store, 86% of every dollar received at the register is turned around and channeled back into our educational, job placement, and job training programs and services.

Thanks for your interest in learning more about Goodwill. Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula, Inc. (Serving Northeast Ohio & Northwest Pennsylvania) is one of the 161 independent Goodwill member organizations that contribute to being North America’s leading nonprofit provider of education, training, and career services for people with disadvantages, such as welfare dependency, homelessness, and lack of education or work experience, as well as those with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula, Inc. was founded in 1935 and has grown significantly over the past 83 years, now with 160 employees, 6 retail stores, 3 job training centers, and 2 attended donation centers. With those assets, we proudly serve Ashtabula and Lake County in Northeast Ohio, as well as Erie and Crawford County in Northwest Pennsylvania.

We believe that work has the power to transform lives by building self-sufficiency, confidence, creativity, trust, and friendships. Everyone deserves a chance to have these, so Goodwill provides that chance. Goodwill is a nonprofit brand that is respected and highly relevant in today’s economy, as it remains one of the top five most recognized nonprofit brands in the world and was recently named one of the "Top 25 Most Inspiring Companies" by Forbes.


• Lift People
• Train for Life
• Support Employment
• Strengthen Communities




Phillip Johnston

Chief Executive Officer
(440) 964-3565 (ext. 230)

Doreen Nowakowski

Chief Financial Officer
(440) 964-3565 (ext. 225)

Eric R. Schwarz