Board Chair Steve Boone welcomes C.J. Bannister, a veteran financial advisor in the Sarasota and Manatee community, to the board of directors for Goodwill Manasota.
She was recently named COO for “A New You”, where she is opening an office in this region for debt resolution. She primarily works with individuals to create exit strategies to pay off credit card and unsecured debt.
A former Staff Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force, Bannister remains very active with several veterans’ organizations within the community, including the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Task Force, The Patterson Foundation’s Legacy of Valor and Veterans Unite, among others.
“C.J. Bannister’s proven success in the region is a welcome addition to our strong and diverse lineup of board members already in place at Goodwill Manasota,” said Board Chair Steve Boone. “We look forward to her joining our team of dedicated, engaged individuals who are all united in our commitment to support Goodwill’s important mission in our community.”
Bannister is passionate about serving her community and is involved the Boys and Girls Club, United Way, Bayside Community Church and serves on the board of directors for Manasota Solve Maternity Homes.
Goodwill Manasota’s board of directors includes Steve Boone, chair; Dave Bassett, Peter Crowley, Debbie Douglas, Sandy Kirkpatrick, Don Lawson, Charlie Lenger, Art McClellan, Bob Morris, Rob Morris, Drayton Saunders, Al Maio and Dr. Richard G. Wharton.
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2013, we served more than 16,000 people, placed 537 people in jobs and assisted 329 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $39.3 million. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. We also provide opportunities through numerous programs, such as Donated Goods Employment Services, Job Connection, American Veterans & their Families Initiative, JobsPlus, Supported JobsPlus, GoodwillWorks, White Glove Services, Good Neighbor Program and Ambassadors Program. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 37 million pounds out of the landfill. Goodwill Manasota is legally organized under the laws of the United States and the State of Florida. We are accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is NOT owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit EXPERIENCEGOODWILL.ORG.