Leadership

Goodwill’s Senior Leadership Team

Lisa Rusyniak

President & CEO
Rusyniak@goodwillches.org

Lisa Rusyniak is President and CEO for Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. in Baltimore. Prior to her promotion to CEO, she served as the Chief Operating Officer. She has served with the organization for 18 years and oversees all aspects of the organization, including: workforce development, marketing, fundraising, human resources, finance, retail, goodwill staffing services and public policy.  Lisa holds a B.S. from Salisbury University and a M.S. in Management from Wilmington University. She is a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Program and Goodwill Industries International Executive Development Program. She has also earned an Executive Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute. She serves on the Maryland Association of Non-Profits Organization Board of Directors; the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board’s Board of Directors; Goodwill Industries International’s Executive, Strategic Issues and Planning, Bylaws/Policy Review and Global Development Committees; Chair of the Global Development and Membership for Goodwill Industries International and is the former president of the American Marketing Association, Baltimore Chapter. She was recognized in 2000 as one of the Daily Record’s Top 40 under 40. For the past three years, Lisa was selected as a winner of SmartCEO’s Future 50. This program recognizes 50 CEOS of the fastest growing companies in the area, based on a three-year average of employee and revenue growth. In 2013 and 2015, Lisa was recognized as an Influential Marylander by the Daily Record and was also named a Brava! Award winner by SmartCEO magazine. In July 2013, Lisa was recognized as a Most Admired CEO by the Daily Record.

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Lisa Rusyniak

Lisa Rusyniak

President & CEO

Jerry Grasso

CFO & COO
jgrasso@goodwillches.org

Jerry has over 28 years of experience working for Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake. His areas of responsibility include Accounting, Administration, Information Technology, Loss Prevention, Maintenance, Retail Transportation and Recycling, New Business Development, Contracts and Goodwill Staffing Services. Jerry has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Ithaca College, and prior to coming to Goodwill, worked as a Controller for large manufacturing companies for over 12 years. He and his wife Candace have two daughters, Brittany and Kaggin.

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Jerry Grasso

Jerry Grasso

CFO & COO

Karen Pearson

Senior Vice President, Performance Excellence
KPearson@GoodwillChes.org

Karen provides training and employment opportunities for individuals with barriers to work with a team of workforce development and human services professionals. She works with programs and initiatives specifically designed for individuals re-entering the labor market, transitioning from welfare-to-work and other circumstances, including: facing multiple life challenges, minimal work experience and limited education. She holds a B.S. in Management from Cardinal Stritch University and a M.A. in Librarianship and Information Management from the University of Denver. Prior to coming to Goodwill, Karen was the COO and Interim President for a nationally affiliated non-profit and she has over 20 years in the quasi-government and higher education fields.

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Karen Pearson

Karen Pearson

Senior Vice President, Performance Excellence

Jonathan Balog

Vice President, Marketing & Communications
jbalog@goodwillches.org

Jonathan is responsible for the marketing and communications efforts for Goodwill and developing the organizations’ strategic marketing plan. He also manages advertising, media relations, community relations, special events, digital communications, social media, direct mail, and internal communications. He has worked for Goodwill for over 7 years. Prior to Goodwill, he worked in marketing roles for various for-profits and non-profits in the Baltimore-Washington area. He earned his MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in English & Professional Writing from The University of Baltimore. He is currently a member of Goodwill Industries International Marketing Advisory Council and The GBC Green/Sustainability Subcommittee.

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Jonathan Balog

Jonathan Balog

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Dianna Palien

Vice President, HR & Talent Development
dpalien@goodwillches.org

Dianna Palien is responsible for overseeing all HR activities of the organization, including recruitment, employment, benefits, compensation, employee relations and engagement, orientation and training. She has over 20 years of HR Management experience in various industries including non-profit, healthcare, retail, banking and transportation. She was most recently the Director of HR and Talent Acquisition for St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore and was responsible for over 3,000 employees.  Dianna has held positions in HR in Florida, Pennsylvania and Maryland. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from James Madison University and is a candidate for a Masters of Education in Counseling, also from James Madison University. She and her husband John have a son, Michael, and enjoy boating and traveling in their free time.

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Dianna Palien

Dianna Palien

Vice President, HR & Talent Development

Ryan Smith

VP, Mission Advancement & Workforce Development
resmith@goodwillches.org

Ryan has extensive experience managing multi-agency initiatives in an effort to create and enhance human service programming in Baltimore City. For over seven years, Ryan managed the Drug Treatment Courts for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and held leadership positions within direct care setting. As a program director at Tuerk House, he established the Baltimore Recovery Collaborative, a SAMHSA funded Recovery Oriented Systems of Care program, which connects participants in the Circuit Court Drug Treatment Court to treatment, employment services, housing, and peer recovery support.

Previously, he served as the Director of Recovery Support Services and Vice President of Accountability and Provider Relations at Behavioral Health System Baltimore. He worked to build a continuum of recovery support services, included workforce development opportunities, for individuals with behavioral health disorders. As well as developed standards of care, quality metrics, and integration opportunities for the public behavioral health system in Baltimore City.

He received his master’s degree in social work from Howard University.

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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

VP, Mission Advancement & Workforce Development

Lyn Farrow

Vice President, Public Policy & Development
lfarrow@goodwillches.org

Lyn serves as the primary staff member on all legislative issues impacting Goodwill at the state, local and federal levels. She identifies, defines and acquires funding resources available for Goodwill’s programs. Lyn has extensive experience with grant writing in addition to leading public policy efforts. She was most recently the Project Manager for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council’s Opportunity Collaborative, the consortium charged with developing a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development for the Baltimore region. She has also held positions as a grants coordinator for the Office of the Mayor, Annapolis; Resource Development Manager for the Maryland Mentoring Partnership, and Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations for the Center for Management and Technology.

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Lyn Farrow

Lyn Farrow

Vice President, Public Policy & Development

Robert Prosser

Vice President, Retail Operations
rprosser@goodwillches.org

Bob has 21 years of experience as a Vice President of several organizations, most extensively with Trend Lines, an East Coast retailer with over 250 stores. He has also been an Executive Vice President with another retailer with sales producing $100 million and other chains where his leadership resulted in better performance of key retail critical factors.  In every position, he has worked with staff to exceed revenue budgets, grow margins, and make operations more efficient.  He strongly believes in the power of teamwork to get things done, and clearly identified with Goodwill’s values, mission, and vision for where we want to be with retail in the years to come.

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Robert Prosser

Robert Prosser

Vice President, Retail Operations

Angie Green

Assistant to the President
rgreen@goodwillches.org

Angie is the assistant to the president and has more than 20 years of experience working for Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake.  She provides administrative support to the president and executive staff, provides support for the Board of Directors, plans special events, and assists with special projects.  She earned her MBA from the University of Maryland University College and her BS degree in business with a minor in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland University College.

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Angie Green

Angie Green

Assistant to the President

Board of Directors

Officers

NameBusiness Information
Jeff Jacobson
Board Chair
Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra Chartered
David J. Downey, Jr.
Vice Chair
Cushman & Wakefield
Dean Kenderdine
Immediate Past Chair
Maryland State Retirement Agency
Clay Henry
Treasurer
PNC Wealth Management
Donna Wilson
Secretary
Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company
Lisa Rusyniak
President & CEO
Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.

Directors

NameBusiness Information
Joy BrambleThe Baltimore Times
Kevin ByrneBaltimore Ravens
Pete ChesnerMcQuade Consulting
Michele CohenMiles & Stockbridge
Joan CorcoranCommunity Volunteer
Seth DunbarPricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Joe DurhamThe Columbia Bank
Dennis FinneganHoward Bank
Kenneth GrantThe Johns Hopkins Hospital
Thomas KazmierczakT. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc.
Lillian Suffolk KilroyCommunity Volunteer
Robert KimmonsThe Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Claude LijoiBGE
Jayne MillerWBAL-TV 11
Michael PowellGordon, Feinblatt LLC
Charles ShickWells Fargo
Joel SuldanLife Bridge Health
Frances TaylorTaylor and Ryan, LLC
Joyce R. Van Dee, Esq.Law Offices of Joyce Rogers Van Dee
Ashley WarrickCohnReznick
Kim WeaverCommunity Volunteer