Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies Announces Elections to Board of Directors

January 18, 2018, Press Release

JOHNSTOWN, PA, January 18, 2018—Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies announces recent elections to its Board of Directors that governs the organizations operations in the counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset, and a portion of Westmoreland.

The board’s newest members are re-elected Douglas Oakley and newly elected Stephen McKnight.
Oakley, who was first elected to the board in 2003, is now serving his third three-year term. Oakley was also elected as Treasurer. He has been a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prestige Realty since 2008, and formerly owned and operated Airco Gas and Welding Supply.

The board’s newest member is Stephen McKnight, President and CEO of the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation. McKnight has more than 25 years of management and economic development experience in both the public and private sectors.

Completing his three-year term is Josh Summits, Business Expansion and Attraction Specialist at Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.

Remaining members of Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies’ Board of Directors are Michael Hruska, President & CEO of Problem Solutions serving as Chair; Kurt Nilson, Esquire as Vice-Chair; Sherri Rae, Director of Student Life at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as Secretary; Jesper Nielsen, Owner & CEO of Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates, Inc., and Chris Rickens, Senior Vice-President/Chief Nursing Officer at UPMC Altoona.

Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies (formerly Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley, incorporated in 1962) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Johnstown, Pennsylvania serving the counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset, and a portion of Westmoreland. Revenue from the sale of donated goods in the organization’s 10 Goodwill Retail Stores supports its mission of empowering individuals and families with employment barriers to achieve their fullest potential in the community through work services. Adult and youth services include education and career services, job placement, postemployment supports, and psychiatric rehabilitation. The agency is an independent, community-based member organization of Goodwill Industries International, a 179-member network in the U.S., Canada, and 13 other countries. Learn more at
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