Goodwill’s executive leadership team works closely with the organization’s board of directors to ensure excellent organizational performance. Meet the leaders who guide us in fulfilling our commitments to our own team members and those we serve.
Christopher M. Jackson
President & Chief Executive Officer
Chris Jackson is the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont; he has held this position since June 2017. Chris joined Goodwill in November 2010 as Vice President of Strategic Planning & Organizational Development, with responsibilities for the design, management and support of annual and strategic planning processes and performance measurement systems. In April 2013, Chris was promoted to Executive Vice President of Workforce Services & Organizational Development with expanded responsibilities to oversee the organization’s employment and career development services, annual and strategic planning process, performance management systems and human resource functions. Under his leadership, a bold strategic plan was developed that influenced all areas of the organization’s operations, resulting in significant redesign of client services, increased strategic partnerships with other health and human services agencies, improved development and engagement of team members, and the development of dynamic partnerships at the new Leon Levine Opportunity Center on the Goodwill Opportunity Campus in Charlotte, NC.
Prior to joining Goodwill, Chris was Vice President of Community Building for United Way of Central Carolinas and a principal in the Retail Client Group for The Vanguard Group in Charlotte, NC and Valley Forge, PA.
Chris is actively involved in the community as a member of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Foundation Board of Directors, Charlotte Rotary, Crisis Assistance Ministry Board of Directors, Charlotte Works Board and Chair of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Workforce Development Providers Council. He was also formerly a member of the Charlotte Regional Partnership Board of Directors, North Carolina Outward Bound Charlotte Advisory Board, Charlotte Merchants Foundation, UNCC Urban Institute Strategic Planning Committee, Workforce Initiative for Supportive Housing (W.I.S.H.), South Tryon Community Development Corporation and Junior Achievement.
Chris holds a business degree in organizational innovation from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of Goodwill Industries International’s Executive Development Program. He is a member of Class XIII of the American Leadership Forum, Community Building Initiative-LDI Class I and a former member of its executive team.
Chief Operating Officer
Barbara Maida-Stolle joined Goodwill in 2006 as the Executive Vice President of Business Enterprises. In her current role as Chief Operating Officer, she leads the strategic and operational activities for the organization’s Operations and Business Enterprises divisions, which includes the retail, e-commerce, environmental enterprise, transportation and logistics, real estate, GoodWork Staffing, food services, facilities, finance, risk and technology departments. She and her 500+ team members are responsible for the largest portion of the revenue and employment opportunities for Goodwill.
Prior to joining Goodwill, Barbara had a successful retail career with the apparel division of Sara Lee, working up from store management to regional management and ultimately directing their merchandising efforts. She is also a successful entrepreneur, partnering with her late husband to develop Stolle Technology, Inc. In addition to her formal education at High Point College and the prestigious Executive MBA program at Wake Forest University, she is a graduate of the eighteen-month, highly-regarded and invitation-only Goodwill Industries International Executive Development Program. She is also a graduate of the community leadership program, Leadership Charlotte and the American Leadership Forum.
Barbara is currently active as a member of the Digital Inclusion Steering Committee, KIPP: Charlotte board, Women Executives and Advisory Member of the Arts & Science Council’s Marketing Committee.
Chief Program Officer
Raquel Lynch joined Goodwill in 2017 and leads the activities of all Career Services departments located at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus including the Job Resource Center, Basic Needs Fulfillment, Evaluation & Assessment, Career Development Services, the Play N’ Learn Center and partner relations.
Prior to serving at Goodwill, Raquel managed all of the assistance programs at Crisis Assistance Ministry as their Chief Program Officer. While there, she led the development of a comprehensive Community Advocacy Program that elevated the needs in our community and opportunities to support and address issues related to poverty.
Raquel has a passion for service and has participated on a variety of boards and committees in our community. She currently serves on the board of Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont and is a member of the NC Assets Alliance Steering Committee.
A native of Venezuela, Raquel holds a B.A. in Communications from Hofstra University, completed NYU’s Wagner IGNITE Fellowship and Wake Forest University’s Business Essentials for Nonprofit Organizations program. Raquel is also a graduate of the American Leadership Forum, Leadership Development Initiative.
Chief Advancement Officer
LaRita Barber has been involved in community endeavors in the Charlotte area since 1987. In her current role as Chief Advancement Officer, she is responsible for identifying and cultivating relationships and strategies that establish and sustain Goodwill’s relevance and brand in the community and advance the organization’s mission.
A native Charlottean, LaRita has served on a number of community boards, including the Arts & Science Council, Central Piedmont Community College Education Foundation, and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. She is currently active on the Johnson C. Smith University Board of Visitors, Women Executives, and Wells Fargo Champions for Education Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association for Fundraising Professionals.
Chief Financial Officer
Gary Barrett joined Goodwill in 1994 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he provides leadership and oversight of the organization’s financial services, information technology, corporate compliance and risk management.
Gary began his career with Bank of America in its factoring division, and later worked for Gold Bond Building Products, a National Gypsum company, as a receivables portfolio supervisor. In 1984 he transitioned into nonprofit management at United Way of Central Carolinas, where his last position held was Finance Director. After a brief stint in Austin, Texas, in financial services management for Dell Computer, Gary returned to Charlotte in 1994 to pursue his interest in nonprofit finance at Goodwill.
Gary is a native of Charlotte. He attended Western Carolina University and received a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Mia M. Comeriato
Chief Human Resources Officer
Mia is the Chief Human Resources Officer and has been with Goodwill since 1990. She is responsible for leadership of the organization’s Human Resources team.
When Mia began her career with Goodwill 27 years ago, she served as an assistant to the HR Director. Within a short period of time, she became HR Manager and continued to evolve in her leadership capacity as the organization grew from approximately 200 team members and a $6 million operating budget to over 820 regular team members and an operating budget of over $60 million. In her role, Mia develops and directs all human resource strategies in support of Goodwill’s mission, vision and values as well as the strategic direction of the organization. She oversees the areas of employee engagement, talent recruitment and management, leadership continuity, change management, organizational and performance management and compensation and benefits.
Mia was raised in Ohio. She obtained a B.A. in Psychology and Business Administration from Malone University in Canton, Ohio.