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Andy Zakatuan knows what it’s like to face struggles as a child. He was born in a concentration camp in Stuttgart, Germany after World War II.

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Finding the right employment in today’s complex job market can be overwhelming. For cancer-survivor Donald, that also meant navigating the search for employment with the inability to speak. His journey led him to Goodwill TalentBridge, where they became mentors in his pursuit for work.

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For years, Goodwill’s Workforce Connection Center in North Riverside, Illinois has helped people in their community find jobs.

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Kamal has overcome a lot in his life. During his senior year of high school, he was t-boned by a school bus and in a coma and on life support for over one year. He had a traumatic brain injury and the doctors told his parents he would never walk or talk again.

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Martell Martin

For Martell Martin, there’s no greater feeling than to help people set goals and support them in achieving them. Martell has been employed at Goodwill Industries for 10 years in various roles; he currently serves as the Production Manager – Laundry.  

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Michelle Greene

“I am recognizing and embracing my ability to influence and have an impact.” These are the words of Michelle Greene, Vice President – Information Technology at Masco Corporation and member of Goodwill’s Board of Directors

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Michelle Mason

“I strive to leave each relationship and experience a little better than when I encountered it.” These are the words of Michelle Mason, President and CEO at Association Forum and member of Goodwill’s Board of Directors.

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Mary Dowell

“What drives me to lead is my personal pursuit to be my best self – whatever that may be,” says Mary Dowell, Principal Consultant, MJ Dowell & Associates, LLC and member of Goodwill’s Board of Directors.

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Chris Talton

For Chris Talton, an opportunity to serve others is what drives his passion to lead. Chris has been employed at Goodwill Industries for more than 10 years in various leadership roles; he currently serves as the Director of Operations – Naval Station Great Lakes.

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Jacqueline Moore Bowles

“I am driven to lead because I want to leave a legacy of giving.”

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