Goodwill Industries of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves (11) eleven counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania including Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming.

Our Agency provides services to adults, children and elderly who are intellectually and/or developmentally challenged. All programs are run under the direction of very caring and compassionate full and part-time staff. We have numerous services that are unique to the area and are specifically designed and developed to meet the direct needs and wants of our clients and their families. We are a progressive organization that strives to help and improve the communities of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Board of Directors


Frances M. Kovaleski, President – Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans’ Court, Lackawanna County

Sam J. Ceccacci, Vice President – Retired

Mauri B. Kelly – Treasurer/Secretary

Board Members

Michael Costello – Administrative Consultant, Moses Taylor Foundation

Louis J. DeNaples Jr., MD – Geisinger Community Medical Center

Joseph G. Ferguson, Esq. – General Counsel, DeAngelo Contracting Services, Inc.

Deanne Loftus KilleenHigher Education IT Consultant

Christina Fenton-Mace – Senior Director of Development and Annual Giving, Marywood University

Martin J. Murphy – National Accounts Manager of Financial Accounts, Tyco

Kristin A. Paoli, DMD – Pediatric Dental Specialists, LLC

Joanne Arduino – Artistic Director and Owner, Ballet Theatre of Scranton

Tim McGrath – Executive Director COLTS

Leadership Staff

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Kate Dempsey Jones

  • Kate Dempsey Jones, CEO
  • Gerald T. Langan, President Emeritus
  • Tiffany Ferguson, Director of Human Resources
  • Ann Gillerlane, Vice President of Development
  • James Glynn, Vice President Chief Financial Officer
  • Dr. Laurie Houser, Vice President of Theater Operations
  • Christine Kobrynich, Vice President of Donated Goods Retail
  • Debby Mendicino, Vice President of Mission Services
  • Rachel Santoro, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
  • 2020-2021 Annual Report

    2021 annual report

    Our Mission

    To provide supportive opportunities for individuals with disabilities or other barriers, to enhance their lives.

    Our Vision

    “Strengthen lives, families, and communities one person at a time.”

    Our Values

    Respect – Sensitive and compassionate in all of our interactions

    Integrity – Promoting quality programs and services

    Commitment – Strive for excellence

    Stewardship – Protect our resources


    Goodwill Industries of Northeastern PA was chartered in December of 1943 and began in an empty factory building. When it was first established, Goodwill’s motto was “turning waste into wages”. Workers would sort through clothes, determining which items could be cleaned and restored, and which could not. The employees then priced the items and they were sent out to the stores. The wages of the workers came from the sale of the merchandise.

    Now, over 75 years later, Goodwill Industries of Northeastern PA still operates retail services but offers many more program opportunities for individuals who are intellectually and/or physically disadvantaged. Goodwill is committed to offer the best service through our 13 group homes in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties; coordinate after school socialization program; seven retail stores and three donation centers; adult day programming; employment and job training to youth and adults and our volunteer program which gives back to the communities we serve.