Meet Our Team

  • Dodie Brown

    CPA, CGMA, President & CEO

    Dodie joined True North Goodwill in 2022 as President & CEO.  She brings a passion for the power of learning and meaningful work in the lives of individuals and is dedicated to growing True North Goodwill to serve the communities in its 29 county territory in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Dodie holds a BBA from Tarleton State University, is a CPA, and holds a Chartered Global Management Accounting certification.  She has over 30 years of nonprofit experience including tax and audit work in public accounting and Finance leadership roles in homelessness prevention and Goodwill organizations in Central Texas.  She is a graduate of Goodwill Industries International Senior Leader and Executive Development programs and has developed and led finance and leadership competency classes for Goodwill organizations across the country.

    When she isn’t working or engaging in service to the community, Dodie enjoys reading, music, and spending time outdoors with her family.

  • Jamie Ferkingstad

    Director of Mission Services

    Jamie obtained her Degree in Supervisory Management-Leadership Development from WITC and has over 30 years of experience working in the Human Services field. She began her work experience working with people with developmental disabilities and transitioned to working in mental health, where she is specialized. Prior to working for Goodwill she was a mental health practitioner and has now been with the organization for almost 10 years.

    When not at work, Jamie enjoys gardening, camping, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Scott Vezina

    Director of Marketing & Communications

    Scott holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communications and Sociology from The University of Minnesota Duluth and has nearly 15 years of experience in the communications & marketing field. Over this time, he has worked for various types of businesses, including regional and national marketing firms, technology and sales companies, and nonprofit organizations. He specializes in branding, graphic design, copywriting, digital and traditional advertising, and almost anything creative.

    A Duluth, MN native, Scott has a strong passion for Goodwill’s mission of transforming lives through the power of work and seven years of professional experience with the organization.

    When not at work he enjoys writing music, exercising, playing cards, and spending time with his friends and family.

  • Elisa Garibay-Johnson

    Director of Finance

    Elisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The University of Central Florida and has 20+ years of accounting experience. She has worked the majority of her career in the nonprofit sector and is a “hands on manager”.  In her free time Elisa enjoys spending time with her Frenchie dog Stella, gardening, binging Netflix, walking, and cooking.

  • Jim Brickey

    Director of Retail Operations

    Jim grew up in the Duluth/Superior area and studied Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin Superior and has 22 years of experience in Retail Operations Management.  Over this time, he has worked with various types of business, including Big Box retail, and nonprofit organizations.  He specializes in Servant Leadership.

    In his current role he oversees all True North Goodwill Retail Operations, including Stores, Outlet, Salvage and Ecommerce.

    Jim has 5 years of professional experience with the organization and has a strong passion for Goodwill’s mission of transforming lives through the power of work.

    In his free time, he enjoys swimming, hiking and traveling with his son.

  • Jessica Thao

    Director of Human Resources

    Jessica graduated from Concordia University of Saint Paul with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management. She began her career as an HR Assistant, and then moved on to a role as a Benefits Specialist handling employee’s benefits, full-cycle on-boarding, and employee retention programs.  In her current role as Director of Human Resources Jessica manages the full-cycle of onboarding for new employees, manages employee benefits, and is the first point of contact for concerns. 

  • Steven Johnston

    Director of Development & Fundraising

    Steve grew up in Duluth, MN and has a BBA from UMD with a second major in Economics and Finance specialty.  Steve also holds an MBA from UMD and has 17+ years of fundraising experience at UMD including the Medical School, College of St. Scholastica, and Essentia Health. Steve also holds the CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) certification and is the former President of LSFRE (Lake Superior Fundraising Executives).  He has served on several non-profit boards. In his free time Steve enjoys spending time with his wife Kay and enjoying the great outdoors.

  • Dylan Olson

    Director of Transportation & Maintenance

    Dylan received his rom Fon du Lac Tribal and Community College and a Bachelor of Arts In Business Administration from Bemidji State University. He had held previous roles in sales, mentoring, procurement, e-commerce and warehousing.

    When not as work Dylan enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters.

  • Ian Vincent

    Director of Business Services

    Ian brings to Goodwill a decade of economic, community, and workforce development experience across northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. His primary industries of focus have been manufacturing/fabrication, aviation, and transportation logistics. As a workforce development leader, Ian sat with Duluth Workforce Board for eight years, with three years as board chair. He has a long track record of strategic talent development, primary labor market research, and legislative advocacy. He maintain a close network of city, county, and state decision makers as well as leaders of regional private industry and academia. As Director of Contract Services & Business Development, Ian and his team develops and executes revenue generating service contracts and training strategies across the True North Goodwill territory. Ian holds a Bachelor of International Business from Graduate School of Business, Grenoble, France and a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Minnesota Duluth, Labovitz School of Business and Economics.