Gerald L. Davis (President)
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, USA
Jerry Davis has been President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (GICT)* since 1998. GICT serves fifteen Central Texas counties surrounding the state capital of Austin. The organization provided 77,789 services to 13,297 people with barriers to employment in 2015. GICT employs over 1,200 people and generated revenues of $72M last year, making it the 15th largest of 183 Goodwill organizations worldwide. GICT is known for its standout staffing services, youth programs and electronic recycling/reuse programs, as well as its distinctly branded retail operation. Davis holds a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy (Ohio State University) and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Services Administration (DePaul University). He is a Rotarian and is active in community affairs, local boards and his church. Jerry, his wife Theresa and his two grown children enjoy soccer, travel, reading and gardening. GICT serves fifteen Central Texas counties surrounding the state capital of Austin.
Patrick Maher (immediate Past-President)
Third Sector Strategy Group Pty Ltd - Australia
Having retired from National Disability Services, Patrick has established a boutique consultancy specialising in advising clients on high level strategy in the disability sector in Australia and internationally. Patrick’s business partner, Jim Moore, was previously the most senior bureaucrat in disability services in New South Wales, running the largest service of disability support in Australia.
2003-2015 National Disability Services - Australia
As Chief Operating Officer of National Disability Services (NDS), Australia’s peak body for non-government disability services, Patrick had significant carriage in moving the organisation from a federated management structure to a national company structure. During his period at NDS the disability sector saw an unprecedented level of growth. This included over $3.3 billion in additional funding into the sector between 2007 and 2016 in NSW. As well as the landmark decision by Australian governments to commit to a National Disability Insurance Scheme that is estimated to deliver an extra $15 billion to disability support by 2021. Between 1995 and 2003 Patrick was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Challenge Disability Services, a regionally-based organisation with eight business units in 10 locations, 35 managers and staff and 100 employees with intellectual disability. Patrick has also headed or served on many voluntary, community, not-for-profit or business bodies, including Chairing the NSW National Party, Chairing the Australasian Pacific Aeronautical College and his appointment to the Disability Business Services Review Implementation Group between 1999 and 2003. Prior to his career in disability services, Patrick owned several businesses specialising in computing, marketing and media, business advice and events management. Patrick, an Army Reservist for 14 years, is a former member, Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of the Tamworth First Light Rotary Club.
Albin Falkmer (Vice President)
“Albin is the Director of Communications of Samhall, a Swedish state-owned company assigned to provide meaningful and developing work for people with disabilities. With more than 24,000 employees in 200 cities, Samhall is one of the world’s largest employers of people with disabilities.
Albin has experience of combatting social exclusion from several positions in both the public and the private sector. He has previously served as the Chief of Staff of the Swedish Ministry for Employment and as Political Adviser to the Minister for Employment. He has also served in the Swedish parliament as an adviser on rehabilitation, social insurances and pension policies. Albin is married and lives in the city of Solna, where he is an elected member of the City Council and the Labor Market Committee.”
IHC New Zealand Inc, New Zealand
Ralph Jones is a Chartered Accountant with backgrounds in government, private and not-for-profit sectors. Ralph has over 20 years’ experience in the field of intellectual disability and is the Chief Executive Officer of IHC New Zealand Inc.IHC is the largest provider of services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families. It is a membership organisation, with a history that reaches back more than 60 years to a small group of families who set up the very first association to lobby for better rights for their children.Today IHC is the largest provider of residential and vocational services to people with intellectual disabilities in New Zealand with 6,000 service users, 6,000 employees, over 1,000 community homes and centres and annual revenue of $300 million. Under Ralph’s stewardship, IHC has diversified into other business opportunities including mental health services, social housing and tenancy management services.
Deborah Wan, a registered social worker of Hong Kong, has been working as the CEO of New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association from 1981 to 2009. Ever since retirement in 2009, I have been actively doing volunteer work in the rehabilitation and mental health fields. I am the Past President of the World Federation for Mental Health. As the Vice Chairperson of the Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities, I represent Hong Kong at Workability Asia, serving as the Vice President from June 2012 and as a Director of Workability International from October 2012
Anne Bryce has spent almost 30 years working within the Disability, Human Services and Health sectors. Anne has been with Achieve Australia since 2003 first taking the role of CEO of Hornsby Challenge in 2003, later renamed Achieve Foundation, leading the organisation through significant growth and a merger with The Crowle Foundation in 2009, growing the organisation from a $4.5million service provider in 2003 to a $10million enterprise by 2006. Achieve Australia, under Anne’s leadership, has grown into an over 350 employee organisation that supports over 500 people with disability through accommodation, employment and day services, whilst maintaining a strong focus on individual outcomes for people it supports. In the process of merging Achieve and Crowle into one powerhouse she’s learned the value of organisation purpose and values, communication, long-term organisational goals and the need for strong systems and a clear management vision of ‘building extra ordinary lives’. Anne has continued Achieve Australia’s philosophy of social inclusion, the right of people with disability to live in the community, and over the last 10 years Achieve Australia has moved approximately 80 people out of large residential centres into community housing.
John Kelly currently serves as SourceAmerica’s Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy. SourceAmerica is a non-profit agency that maintains a network of more than 1,300 other non-profit organizations employing over 115,000 people with significant disabilities, nearly 45,000 through the AbilityOne Program. John joined SourceAmerica in 2001, and he leverages his extensive background in disability policy to ensure that individuals with disabilities have a strong voice on Capitol Hill.
Prior to assuming his current VP role, John worked in several SourceAmerica divisions including regional and national operations. He served as chair of the Prince William County Special Education Advisory Committee and chair of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (Virginia’s gubernatorial appointed Developmental Disabilities Council).
John has also held leadership positions at Borders Books, PepsiCo and spent three years teaching English in Japan. Originally from Maryland, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Bedford Group, Australia
Sally Powell joined Bedford in 2003 and in September 2011 became Bedford’s first female Chief Executive. Bedford provides employment in a range of commercial businesses, independence and residential support, training and education and community participation activities. With a turnover of $75M, Bedford has 20 sites across metropolitan and regional SA and in Sydney NSW and supports ~2000 people a year to achieve their goals and reach their potential.
Sally is passionate about education and employment and is actively involved with the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Business SA, National Disability Services, Workability International and Westminster School to further the opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate and contribute in social and economic life.
Sally was instrumental in a revolutionary approach to addressing the poor participation rates of people with disability in training and further education through the state-wide and nationally accredited initiative ‘Abilities for All’ program, with some 1,500 people with disability benefiting from this strategy.
Sally is an experienced Director having served on a number of Boards and Committees across disability, community services and education industries and is an AICD Company Directors graduate. Prior to joining Bedford, Sally worked extensively in the hospitality industry in a variety of operational, training and specialist human resource roles.
Mark Kessler is a Corporate Executive with more than 25 years Management and Business Development experience. He has dedicated a large part of his professional career developing strategic business lines for national non-profit and for-profit organizations, most of which focus on training, employing and accommodating individuals with disabilities.
As the Vice President of Business Development at Global Connections to Employment (GCE), Mark Kessler is responsible for developing strategic lines of business and overseeing the organization’s expansion into international markets.
During his tenure with SourceAmerica’s Business Development division, Mark developed many innovative and sizable AbilityOne contract opportunities. These projects significantly changed the landscape of Non-Profit Agencies (NPAs) performing within the Total Facilities Management (TFM) line of business and created hundreds of jobs.
As the Director of Operations and Business Development for Job Squad Inc., an AbilityOne provider, Mr. Kessler was instrumental in the development of new Federal and State contracts. Additionally, Mark was responsible for operational oversight and customer relations.
As the Director of Business Development with Remtech Services Inc., Mark Kessler was responsible for nationwide business development and project oversight for both commercial and Government customers interested in outsourcing Information Technology (IT) functions. Through the development of strategic teaming strategies, Mark directly contributed to the early graduation of this 8(a) small business.
Shanti Raghavan, is the Founder and Managing Trustee of Enable India, a non profit organization established in 1999 working for economic independence and dignity of persons with disability.
She is an Ashoka fellow, a social entrepreneur who has pioneered disability livelihood models, methodologies and frameworks and innovative workplace solutions. She has been a speaker for disabled livelihoods at various international and national conferences such as Workability Asia, UNESCO, Indo-US, IIM, NASSCOM, CII, FICCI, Techshare and more. She is on the governing council of Skill Council for Persons with Disability (ScPWD, NSDC, Central Govt). She is also on the advisory committee for National Trust NSDC District saturation model and board member for JSS PDA and is on the Technical Advisory Group for Dr. Reddy’s Foundation.
Prior to Enable India, she has 12 years international experience in the software industry working in AT&T, Bell Labs, ADP, Cybercash, GE Aircraft Engines in diverse domains ranging from business intelligence, stock exchange, finance, e-commerce, telecom, aviation technology and military.
Shanti holds a bachelor's degree (B.E) in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University and master's degree (M.S) in Computer Science from Monmouth University, New Jersey, USA.
Dr. Michael Wirth-Davis is president and CEO of Goodwill-Easterseals Minnesota, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. He began his tenure in November 1990. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota provides education, job training and placement services to eliminate barriers to work and independence, and has served the state of Minnesota for nearly 100 years as a leader in workforce development. In fiscal year 2016, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota provided services to over 22,300 people. Those services included 1,503 job placements and 286 career advancements for persons participating in our programs. Revenue from 45+ retail stores, along with other contributions, supports programs throughout Minnesota. Our “donate-shop-reuse-educate-employ” model diverts over 50 million pounds (22,600,000 kilograms) of goods from landfills annually and brings us one step closer to a world where everyone experiences the power of work.
Dr. Wirth-Davis has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of nonprofit and community leadership positions. He has served in national leadership roles for both Goodwill Industries International (GII) and Easterseals. Since 1981, he has served as a national surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Wirth-Davis is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and is a member of the Humphrey School’s Future Services Institute in its Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center. He is also an adjunct faculty member for Hamline University’s School of Business Graduate Program in Nonprofit Management, and co-chairs the School of Business Dean’s Advisory Committee.
His interests include ethics, board governance, strategic planning, organizational development, leadership and management, public policy and international rehabilitation.
Kelly J. Kamerer, General Secretary
Kelly Kamerer joined Goodwill Industries of Central Texas in September 2000 and is currently the Senior Director of Executive Support, and Executive Assistant to the President & CEO.
Kelly works directly with the Board Directors of Goodwill Central Texas (GCT), Goodwill Education Board (GEB), Goodwill Staffing Group Board, and the Blue Solutions Board. She is an active member of the GCT Leadership team, and serves as director of local board, RCAH. She has a degree in Business Management/Administration and was recently named General Secretary for Workability International, the world’s largest body representing providers of work and employment services to people with disabilities.