Goodwill of Orange County


January 28, 2019

SANTA ANA, Calif. – January 28, 2019– Goodwill of Orange County is pleased to announce the appointment of its 2019 Board Officers:

  • John M. Kearney, Vice President, Consumer Banking at U.S. Bank will serve as Chairman

  • James Conner, Audit Partner at Talley & Company, Inc. will serve as Vice Chair

  • K. Brian Horton, local business executive, will serve as Treasurer

  • Laura Dang, Director, Private Wealth Advisor at Union Bank will serve as Secretary

The new officers were elected at the Goodwill of Orange County Board Meeting held on January 24, 2019 and will serve through December 2020.

“We are thrilled to announce the four talented professionals who will serve as our 2019 Board Officers,” said Nicole Suydam, President and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County. “John, James, Brian and Laura not only bring a wealth of talents and diverse experience to the board, but also a contagious passion and commitment to our mission to change lives through the power of work.”

John M. Kearney has served on Goodwill’s Board of Directors since 2010. Most recently, he served on the Golf Invitational Committee and Board Development Committee. Kearney is Vice President for the Consumer Banking Group’s Orange County Market of U.S. Bank and brings extensive experience leading a robust team to his new position as Chairman.

James Conner, Audit Partner at Talley & Company, Inc., is a certified public accountant with more than 40 years of experience. A member of Goodwill’s Board of Directors since 2013, Conner previously served as Treasurer and Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee before taking his new officer position as Vice Chair.

K. Brian Horton, a 19-year board member, has served on the Investment and Audit Committees, among others, during his tenure. Horton will once again serve as Treasurer, a position he previously held in 2002.

Laura Dang joined the Goodwill board in 2010, and will serve as Secretary. Dang is Director, Private Wealth Advisor at Union Bank and brings invaluable experience in sales, management and leadership.

About Goodwill of Orange County
Goodwill helps people who are facing barriers to find and keep jobs, which provides purpose, pride, and dignity. Founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve the independence that work provides, Goodwill is most recognized for being the conduit where donated goods are sold in America’s favorite thrift stores to generate the revenue that provides the services to those who face employment challenges. Goodwill of Orange County, which marked its 94thyear of service in 2018, has supported hundreds of thousands of Orange County residents since its inception by creating and providing quality training and employment services to empower its program participants to be productive and independent. The nonprofit organization has dozens of programs that support this effort, including the Goodwill Rogers A. Severson Fitness & Technology Center, Orange County’s only facility specially designed for people suffering from chronic illnesses and physical disabilities; its global approach to serving veterans and their families, Goodwill of Orange County Tierney Center for Veteran Services, which helps former service members and their families find resources and services to meet and serve their unique needs, including housing, job placement, education, and wellness; and its Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), which provides access to more than 1,000 state-of-the-art technology devices for children and adults with disabilities. These are just a few of Goodwill of Orange County’s innovative programs that have served those facing barriers in Orange County for the past nine decades. To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County, visit

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