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Debie Coble, President & CEO, Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc.



Bio: Debie Coble is the President & CEO for Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. She started with the organization in 1990 as a store manager. Later that year she started serving in the department that executes the mission of Goodwill.

 

In 1996 she became the Vice President of Workforce Development Services, and in November of 2013, she began serving as the President & CEO.

 

Debie has an undergraduate degree in business management from Anderson University and a Masters in Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University. She completed Goodwill Industries International’s Executive Training Program in 2007. She serves on several boards: Goodwill Industries International, the Conference of Executives for Goodwill Industries International, Indiana University Advisory Board, Group Violence Intervention Taskforce, South Bend Regional Chamber and Northwest Indiana Influential Women’s Association.

 

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband Tony, and their family, as well as being involved with their church and working out.

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Isaac Hunt Jr., Group Violence Intervention Community Liaison, Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc.

 

Bio: Isaac Hunt is a native of Chicago, IL and has lived in South Bend since 1968. Isaac is a graduate of Washington High School and Indiana State University, majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Administration. Isaac’s background and focus on community collaboration has led him to several volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Isaac is one of the founders and former board members of Xavier School of Excellence, Member of the 100 Blackmen of Greater South Bend, Executive of Mentoring and Gala Committee for the 100 Blackmen of Greater South Bend, South Bend Ivy Tech Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Member of the Community Engagement Coronation Counsel for Notre Dame University and Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honors Society. Isaac has been guest speaker at several universities such as John Jay College, Saint Mary’s College, Bethel College, Illinois State College, Malcom X College and Indiana University of South Bend. Isaac has also had the privilege to speak nationally in such venues as the US Attorney Generals National Conference and Untied State Senate Affairs Committee to name a few.

 

Isaac served in the United Stated Army from 1984 to 1990 and a current member of Amvets Post 66. He worked in the manufactory industry for over 20 years in positions from General Labor to General Manager. He is currently employed at Goodwill Industries of Michiana as the GVI/SAVE Community Liaison for GVI Social Services for the Group Violence Intervention. Isaac is also the founder of SAVE Outreach. He coordinates activities related to gang violence, gang prevention and intervention, counseling, and mentoring. Establish mentoring programs for gang or group member related to violence and prevention. Communicate with family members of young men and women who are inclined to demonstrate gang involvement. He is also the owner of Hunt’s Associates LLC

 

Isaac Hunt is certified in Restorative Justice, ACE Interface, Conflict Resolution, NCCER Certified Master Craft Instructor, Hydro Manufacturing Excellence Leadership Certification, Certified Forklift and Pallet Jack Instructor/ Trainer, Certified Mental Health First Aid, Certified Gangs Specialist and Gangs and Mental Health.

 

Isaac has a beautiful wife name Yolanda Hunt, one daughter name Iesha Hunt and 2 grandchildren. When he is not mentoring young men and women or attending church, he spends time joking, laughing with friends and enjoying the freedom of riding his motorcycle across the county.

 

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Otto J. Schlatter, Technology & Loss Prevention Officer, Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc.

Bio: Otto Schlatter is the Technology Officer for Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc and has garnered 22-years’ experience at this not-for-profit. Previously, Otto worked as an IT Consultant supporting and teaching SCO Unix. Otto specializes in information systems, telecommunications, and technology planning and is often referred to as the computer doctor by his colleagues. Otto enjoys tinkering with electronics and you can find him most Sunday’s running the sound board at his local church. In his free time, Otto likes to cook, jog, fish and spend time with his family.

Komonique Thomas, Group Violence Intervention Coordinator, Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc.

Bio: Komonique is a native of Chicago, IL and has lived in South Bend since 1998. Komonique attended South Shore Career Academy High School and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Michiana College, majoring in Paralegal with a minor in Criminal Justice. She furthered her education enrolling in Bethel University where she studied Organizational Management for non-for profits. Komonique’s background and focus on community collaboration has led her to several volunteer opportunities: Notre Dame Community Base Learning Committee, The Homeless Working Group for the City of South Bend and The Safety Committee at Goodwill.

 

Komonique served 8 years in the United Stated Army National Guard. She is currently employed at Goodwill Industries of Michiana as the Coordinator for the GVI strategy engaging in Social Services for the Group Violence Intervention initiative. In Komonique’s current position she assists with coordinating services for individuals with criminal backgrounds and victims of violent crimes. As well as providing support with education, job training and job placement.

Komonique has received certifications in Conflict Resolution/ Crisis Intervention/Trauma Informed Care/Case Management/Don’t Train Your Leader-Develop Them/Effective After Care Planning and Implementation/Accessory Approaching and Engaging RHY(Run Away Homeless Youth) /Commercial Sex Exploitation of Children and Youth/Introduction to Poverty and Youth Development/ Intersection of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking/Strategies for Supervisors/ Reducing Restraint and Seclusion/Basic Conflict Skills and also Alcohol and the Family. She also currently serves as an Ambassador for Life Long Learning system in collaboration with The Drucker Institute.

Councilman Pastor Canneth Lee, Director for Group Violence Intervention, Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc.

Bio: Pastor Canneth Lee is the Senior Pastor of Kingdom Christian Center. A South

Bend native, Pastor Lee has a drive and commitment to seeing South Bend become a great city.  Pastor Lee attended Ball State University and received his B.A. in Telecommunication Sales and Marketing in 1998.

In 2001 he founded and became the Senior Pastor of Kingdom Christian Center Church in the inner city of South Bend. Where he fas Pastored fir the past 20 years.

In 2018, Pastor Lee was hired as an outreach worker for the Group Violence Intervention Program through the city of South Bend and Goodwill Industries of Northern Indiana.  He is now Outreach Coordinator for the SAVE (Stand Against Violence Everyday) Program.  Which is responsible for responding to gun and gang violence. In 2018, Pastor Lee was honored with the President Obama Award from the city of South Bend, for outstanding service to the city.

In 2020 Pastor Lee was elected as the  first African American to represent the 1st District for the Common Council for the City of South Bend. Also, he assumed the role as Director for GVI/ SAVE for Goodwill Industries of Michiana.

Pastor Lee has a heart for South Bend, a heart for people. And a drive to see people be their best selves. He is married to Charisse Lee and they have three sons; Brian Gilliam, Caylyn Harris, and Chase Harris.  His favorite quote is, “People may forget what you said, People may forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Jay Caponigro, Director of Community Engagement, University of Notre Dame
Bio: Jay Caponigro is the director of community engagement in the Office of Public Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. In this position, Caponigro works with the associate vice president in the development, execution and measurement of the institution’s efforts to strengthen its relationship with the local community.