December 16, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Leslie Licano, Beyond Fifteen Communications
Goodwill of Orange County Welcomes New VP of Human Services
Experienced Human Services Professional Joins Leading O.C. Non-Profit’s Executive Team
SANTA ANA, Calif. (Dec. 16, 2013) – Goodwill of Orange County, a social enterprise organization in the business of helping people facing barriers secure jobs that provide purpose announced today that Kathy Copeland, Ph.D. has joined the organization as vice president of human services.
As the leader of human services at Goodwill of Orange County, Copeland will ensure contract and compliance standards are met, and will evaluate community needs, funding opportunities and organizational performance to foster strong and sustainable programs and services. Copeland’s accomplishments in areas of program development, marketing and public relations, and mental health underscore her perfect fit for the position.
“Kathy’s extensive background in the non-profit sector proves she will be an excellent asset to our organization as we continue to grow and serve more members of our community,” says Frank Talarico, Jr., president and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County. “We’re thrilled to have Kathy on board and look forward to leveraging her expertise to expand our services.”
Prior to joining Goodwill, Copeland was a consultant with Good Shepherd Communities, a non-profit agency where she developed a new program that enabled disabled individuals to live in community homes and receive in-home services for the first time. Copeland also served as the executive director of the Foster Family and Adoption Agency at Olive Crest, and as the director of partial hospitalization and outpatient services for the Alhambra and Rancho Cucamonga hospitals.
“Goodwill of Orange County does amazing work to support local residents who are looking to achieve independence through employment,” says Copeland. “I’m looking forward to supporting current programs and developing new ones to expand Goodwill’s reach in Orange County.”
For 89 years, Goodwill of Orange County has supported individuals facing barriers; helping them secure and keep jobs that provide purpose, pride and dignity. Goodwill of Orange County places more than 300 individuals in permanent employment at local companies like Cox Communications and California Pizza Kitchen every year. The organization operates 22 thrift stores and 42 donation centers in Orange County – and more than 90 cents of every dollar that comes into Goodwill directly funds its various programs including job training and education, veterans’ services and the Goodwill Fitness Center. To learn more, visit www.ocgoodwill.org.
About Goodwill of Orange County
Now in its 89th year, Goodwill of Orange County is in the business of helping people who are facing barriers to enter the workforce in a meaningful, fulfilling manner. Founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve the independence that work provides, Goodwill is most recognized for being the conduit where donated goods are sold in America’s favorite thrift stores to generate the revenue that provides the services to those who face employment challenges. Goodwill leads the nation in creating and providing quality training and employment services to empower individuals to be productive and independent. In 2012, Goodwill was named one of Orange County’s Most Trusted Brands. For more information, visit www.ocgoodwill.org.