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Six new appointees with diverse backgrounds and expertise added since late 2014

SANTA ANA, Calif. – March 12, 2015 – Goodwill of Orange County is pleased to announce the appointment of six new members to its Board of Directors. The new board members bring a depth of knowledge in business, legal, real estate, retail and finance.

“We are thrilled to add six talented and professional individuals to our growing board of directors,” said Frank Talarico, Jr., President and CEO, Goodwill of Orange County. “The group of new appointees bring a wealth of considerable talents and diverse experience to the board, while being united in their passion for Goodwill’s mission of helping people facing barriers find meaningful employment.  It’s been my personal pleasure to cultivate these new members and am excited to work alongside them as Board Members.”

The new board members are:

Kevin B. Jones, Buyer for Costco Wholesales’ Regional Office, joined the Board of Directors in January 2015 and serves on the Donated Goods Retail Committee. Mr. Jones has more than 30 years experience in all aspects of retail and wholesale operations. Mr. Jones brings special expertise in product acquisition, project management, sales and inventory, retail accounting, and operations to the Board.

Jacqueline Akerblom joined the Board of Directors in January 2015 and serves on the Budget & Finance Committee. She is Grant Thornton’s West Region Managing Partner and brings more than 30 years of experience working principally with technology, and other industrial companies as both an audit and corporate finance partner.

Sharon Bishop, Chair of the Donated Goods/ Retail Committee, was appointed to the position in late 2014. Mrs. Bishop brings an extensive knowledge of store operations, training and development, customer service, merchandising and strategic planning in the retail industry to the Board of Directors. She is currently District Manager for TJMaxx, leading stores in both southern and northern California, which generate sales of more than 100 million.

Kerry Michael Finn, Managing Director of Financial Planning & Business Development at Fiduciary Trust Company of California, joined the Board in late 2014. He serves on the Human Services Advisory Committee and Planned Giving Advisory Council. Mr. Finn has more than 18 years experience as a financial professional with special expertise in financial planning, estate planning, and business succession and tax analysis for individuals, families and corporations.

Todd Tripp, a returning board member, was reappointed in late 2014 and serves on the Goodwill Golf Invitational Advisory Committee and the Gala Committee. He is a Financial Representative for the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and specializes in Estate Planning, Executive Benefits, Personal Life Insurance and Investment Allocation. 

James Conner, newly appointed to the Board in 2015, is Audit Partner at Talley & Company. He is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors and serves as Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee and Chair of the Goodwill Golf Invitational Committee. Mr. Connor is a certified public accountant with more than twenty years experience. He is highly skilled in providing advice and consultation on financial reporting and accounting matters.

About Goodwill of Orange County
Since 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has been 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. Celebrating its 90th year in 2014, Goodwill of Orange County has supported thousands of Orange County residents since its inception by creating and providing quality training and employment services to empower its program participants to be productive and independent. The nonprofit organization has dozens of programs that support this effort, including the Goodwill Fitness Center, Orange County’s only facility specially designed for people suffering from chronic illnesses and physical disabilities; its veterans’ advocacy program, Enduring Independence, which helps veterans and their families transition to civilian life through the power of work; and its Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), which provides access to more than 1,000 state-of-the-art technology devices for children and adults with disabilities. These are just a few of Goodwill of Orange County’s innovative programs that have served those facing barriers in Orange County for the past nine decades. In 2012, Goodwill was named one of Orange County’s Most Trusted Brands. To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County, visit

Media contact: Nicole Morrison, or (949) 200-6112


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