Goodwill Bids Farewell to 2 Board Members, Welcomes New Vice Chair, 3 New Members

Leah Vetter

Goodwill Omaha ( has announced several changes to its board of trustees for 2021, including the departure of two members, the arrival of three new members, and the election of a new vice chair. In January, board members Erin Limas, chief financial officer at Borsheim’s Jewelry Company, and Scott Semrad, principal at the Urban Village Development, stepped down from the Goodwill Omaha Board of Trustees, and the board and staff thanked them for their generous service in shaping the organization and making it stronger and more transparent.

Paul Lanphier

During the first quarter of the calendar yea r, the Goodwill Omaha Board approved three new members of the board, including Leah Vetter, area president of the Heartland branch at Gallagher Benefit Services; Paul Lanphier, executive director of the Hope Center for Kids; and Robyn Burnett, accounts and education services manager at Best Care EAP for Methodist Health System.

Robyn Burnett

“As we continue to bring new members onto our board, we remain particularly mindful of the expertise, skillsets, networks and backgrounds that each member brings,” said Goodwill Omaha President and CEO Tobi Mathouser. “Increasing the diversity of our board not only enhances the ways Goodwill Omaha can grow, but it also allows us to expand and improve our current employment training programs and job placement services for the community we serve.”

Jim H. Rich

At the March 30 meeting, the Board voted to retain its current chair, Jim H. Rich, founder of Percipio Partners, for the 2021 calendar year. Although the board typically elects a new chairperson each year, 2020 was such an unusual year, the board unanimously agreed that Rich should remain in the role for a second year. Board members elected Doug Anderson, commercial market manager at Great Southern Bank, as vice chair of the board.

Doug Anderson

Goodwill Industries, Inc. in Omaha serves eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa by providing a place to donate used clothing and household items or find a great bargain. The true mission of the nonprofit, however, is to provide job training and placement services to people with disabilities and other disadvantages. For more information about Goodwill or their 18 regional locations, visit or follow them on Facebook (@goodwillomaha), Twitter (@goodwillomaha), and YouTube (@goodwillomahatv).