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Careers at Goodwill of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
Providing jobs is the foundation and the most vital component of our mission; at Goodwill NWUP, we provide full- and part-time employment opportunities for more than 250 people, every day.
While other employers work to screen unqualified applicants out – we work very hard to help those job seekers overcome the barriers to employment that have prevented them from achieving independence and success. We see beyond the obstacles and provide the necessary training and opportunities for individuals to earn the dignity and self-sufficiency that accompanies work.
President and CEO
Jim is the President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Upper Michigan and Northern UP.
His career has taken him to several businesses including Square D where he left as Vice President of Service Operations and Life Fitness where he started the Certified Pre Owned business unit and left as the General Manager and Global Director. Jim will be celebrating his 10th anniversary with Goodwill in July.
He has extensive experience in Finance, Service, Sales, Manufacturing Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain. He has been a start-up executive with Fortune 500 companies as well as small privately held companies. He has overseen multiple site operations including many international locations. He is Lean Six Sigma and Black Belt trained. He holds a BS in Accounting from Augustana College in Accounting and Finance
Senior Director, Workforce Development
Erik Bergh has served as Senior Director of Workforce Development since 2016. He has years of experience in preparing people to find the match between their passion and their abilities, and helping equip them for that work. Erik has a personal connection to Workforce Development as the dad of an adult son with autism. He is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and loves the Upper Peninsula.
Director of Industrial Services
Steve is currently the Director of Industrial Services at Goodwill of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, overseeing our largest work center, which is located in Marinette, WI. This is one of the many hats that he has worn since starting at Goodwill in 2006. Prior to joining Goodwill, Steve worked for 10 years in manufacturing and production management, including several years in which he was on the other side of some of Goodwill’s Industrial contracts. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan Technological University and resides in Marinette with his wife and teenage son
Vice President, Human Resources
Deb LaMere currently serves as the Vice President of Goodwill Industries of Northern WI and Upper Peninsula. She oversees Human Resources, Administration and Accounting. Deb has over 20 years of extensive human resource experience working in mining, manufacturing, healthcare and Higher Education. She owns and runs “HR Consulting” company where she has contracted and worked directly with numerous corporations, both large and small, where she has analyzed and implemented effective full scale HR systems. Deb has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Engineering Administration from Michigan Technological University, has a Master’s degree in Public Administration – Personnel and Labor Relations from Northern Michigan University, is PHR and SHRM-CP certified and is the current President of the Upper Peninsula Human Resources Association.
Director of Donated Goods
A true Goodwill Story, Rebecca started as a part time billing clerk, moved through all aspects of accounting, then added Tech Support, and finally Salvage and Logistics to her resume until she became Director of Donated Goods. A natural fit for this farm raised Northern Wisconsinite, her hard work, enthusiasm, and motivation to succeed have given her a Hand Up to become Director of Donated Goods for Goodwill Industries of Northern WI and Upper MI, Inc. Rebecca has also been a licensed cosmetologist for 17 years.
Director of Marketing and New Business Development
Cori serves as Marketing and New Business Development. She holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MS in Environmental Management from Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition to working at Goodwill, she is an adjunct professor in Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Northern Michigan University. She resides in Marquette with her husband and a menagerie of animals.
Board of Directors
Scott A. Wellens
Charles S. Salewsky, Jr.
Operating Manager, iBEAUTHENTIC, LLC
R.W. Fernstrum & Company
At Goodwill of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, we have staff available to speak on a variety of topics.
We would welcome the opportunity to share information about Goodwill Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan with your club, organization, business, school, or other group. Of course, there will be no cost to your group.
Learn how your donations of clothing and other items make a big difference in the quality of life for people in your own community. We’ll explain how Goodwill Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan out its mission to give people a hand up, not a handout. Your group will be amazed at the scope of Goodwill’s services, and how we have are a key contributor to the economic development of this region.