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 & CEO
Chris Jackson is President & CEO of Goodwill and has been with Goodwill since 2010.
Chris began his professional career with The Vanguard Group as Principal of the organization’s regional operations center. After 20 years with Vanguard, he had the opportunity to pursue his passion for community service and transitioned to United Way of Central Carolinas in 2007 as Vice President of Community Building. In 2010, Chris decided to move to an organization providing direct services to individuals in our community and accepted a position with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont as Vice President of Strategic Planning & Organizational Development. In 2013, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Workforce Services & Organizational Development, and in 2017, he was selected to be the President & CEO.
Jackson is actively involved in the community as a member of the Charlotte Regional Partnership Board of Directors, North Carolina Outward Bound Charlotte Advisory Board, Charlotte Merchants Foundation, and Crisis Assistance Ministry Board of Directors.
Chris was raised in Philadelphia. He attended Embry-Riddle University and has a business degree in organizational innovation from the University of Phoenix.
Chief Business Officer
Barbara Maida-Stolle joined Goodwill in 2006 as the Executive Vice President of Business Enterprises. In her current role as Chief Business Officer, she leads the strategic and operational activities of the donated good retail, e-commerce, environmental enterprise, logistics and the real estate 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.