Category Archives for "Local Team"

Veronica Payan – Accounts Payable/ Purchasing Clerk

Veronica Payan is the Accounts Payable/ Purchasing Clerk and brings 20 years of customer service experience. She started with Goodwill in October of 2010 on a temporary assignment as a front office clerk and was promoted to Purchasing Clerk in 2011. She is responsible for the purchasing of goods and services to supply all the retail stores, the warehouse and transportation department, and the administrative office. Veronica came to Goodwill because she liked what the organization was doing in the community.

Favorite quote: “The only time I set the bar low is for limbo.” – Michael Scott

Favorite thing to do: “I like to hike, where I get to enjoy the beauty of nature and it doesn’t feel much like exercise.”

Favorite Goodwill moment: “When I received the 2012 Employee of the Year Award. It was a complete and unexpected surprise. I was humbled to receive such an honor towards the beginning of my career.”

Randi Quicksall – Mission Services Manager

Randi Quicksall is the Mission Services Manager and supervises the staff providing employment services to Tulare, Kings, and Fresno Counties. She has been with Goodwill since October of 2013, starting as a supervisor in the Tulare store. Randi has a background in office work, sales and retail where she developed expertise in building a rapport with customers.

Favorite quote: “When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.”

Three traits that define me: “Patience, passion, and creating value for others.”

Surprise info about me: “I lived in Biloxi, Mississippi during part of my high school years and still crave crawfish to this day!”

Denise Tyree-Montecino – Vice President of Human Resources and Safety

Denise Tyree-Montecino has served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Safety since August of 2019.  She has been with Goodwill since November of 2015 and has served in the prior positions of Human Resource Generalist and Human Resource Director.  Denise holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from The University of Phoenix and a Certificate of Human Resource Management from California State University, Bakersfield.

One thing you can’t live without: “Bacon!!!”

Best place you’ve ever traveled: “Colonia Tovar, Venezuela – a picturesque, small town in the mountains of Venezuela above the city of Caracas. It was colonized in 1843 by German immigrants and is called the ‘Germany of the Caribbean.’ I love to browse through the farmer’s market on a Saturday, eat a traditional German meal such as Spatzle mit Gulasch, and shop at the pottery store.”

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? “An attorney. And my parents were convinced I would make a great one as they often stated that I could easily ‘argue with a fence post’ and win.”

Best book ever read: “I love the simplicity and complexity of the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.”

Justin Ahart – Vice President of Donated Goods Retail

Justin Ahart was promoted to Vice President in August 2019. Justin brings a strong background in training and human relations which supports the mission of Goodwill through donated goods retail as an employment and development program.  Previous to Vice President of Retail I served as Director of Retail since December 2016. Justin formerly served for almost a year as the Training Manager and in that time developed an extensive supervisory development program and managed, designed, developed and coordinated training programs to support the Human Resources, Retail and Mission Services Departments.

Justin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University and is a 2009 Graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.  Prior to joining Goodwill, Justin worked at WorklogicHR and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County, he served as the Director of Program Personnel and Development.

Life motto: “Our lives are best used when we are of service to others by using our gifts and talents to help people reach their full potential in life.”

Weirdest job: “I have been a professional mascot on several occasions during my life. I have been known throughout my career as:
• ‘Tommie the Trojan’ – Foothill High School’
• ‘Rookie (Dog)’ and ‘Heater (Dragon)’ – Bakersfield Blaze;
• ‘Captain Dodgeball’ – Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County
• ‘Michigan J. Frog’ – WB television network.
Currently: I am actively portraying many different characters from my daughter’s (Victoria – age 6) favorite Disney movies.”

Jake Slayton – President & CEO

Jake Slayton has served as President & CEO of Goodwill since August 2019. Prior to President & CEO he served as Chief Operations Officer of Goodwill from September 2013 to 2019. Prior to joining Goodwill Industries, he was an Assistant Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer at Mission Bank, based in Bakersfield, and worked in banking in Arizona and California since 2005.

Jake holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. Jake is a graduate of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce Leadership Bakersfield program and he currently serves on several local boards and committees including the Youth Leadership Committee through the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, the Shafter Redevelopment Agency Oversight Board, the OLPH Foundation Board and is the Vocational Services Chair of Bakersfield North Rotary. Jake is currently enrolled in the Goodwill Industries International Executive Development Program and enjoys working at Goodwill because he has the opportunity to impact his community.

Item you are holding: “I am holding a Nintendo Game Cube. I’ve owned every Nintendo Console and play games with my kids to this day!”

One thing you couldn’t live without: “Chocolate, lots of chocolate!”

What is your greatest fear? “Frogs.”

Something about you that might surprise us: “When I was 16, I helped my dad build the kitchen at the Crystal Palace.”

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