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Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth announces 2018 Board of Directors

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth announced in a press release that Dianne Hawkins, Catherine Schmuck, and Surnedra Simmons have recently joined its board of directors for the 2018 year.

Dianne Hawkins, Ed.D., is an accomplished instructional leader and executive serving as Special Education Director for the Fort Worth Independent School District. With 30+ years’ experience in instructional leadership, Hawkins received a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Texas Wesleyan University. In her position with Fort Worth ISD, Hawkins has worked closely with Goodwill Fort Worth’s Project SEARCH program, providing youth with significant disabilities training and career exploration, innovative adaptations and long-term job coaching as they transition from high school to the working world.

Catherine Schmuck, property manager for Courtney & Courtney Properties, is daughter to longtime Goodwill Fort Worth board member Will A. Courtney, Sr. and will continue the family’s commitment to the nonprofit through board servitude. A longtime specialty retail manager, Schmuck is active in the community through organizations including National Charity League, Institute of Real Estate Management and the Junior League of Fort Worth. She received a bachelor of science in Fashion Design and Art from Texas Christian University.

Surnedra Simmons is a professional school counselor for Southwest High School in the Fort Worth Independent School District. A graduate of Texas Christian University, Simmons is active in the community serving as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., American School Counselors Association, United Educators Association, Lone Star State School Counselor Association and a as a board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

“As we continue to hone the ways we provide our mission services, diversifying our board to include professionals who interact daily with our client population is key,” said David Cox, president & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth. “The knowledge these new board members bring will improve our ability to fulfill our vision of a community where barriers to employment are eliminated.”

The Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth 2018 Board of Directors includes: Noel “Kip” Adams, Chair; John Boswell, Chair Elect; B. Frank Cain, Secretary; Pamela Voight, Treasurer; Frank Shiels, Immediate Past Chair; Vianei Braun; Will A. Courtney, CPM; David Goodroe; Patrick Gotcher; Mike Griffin, CPA; Dianne Hawkins; J.R. Labbe; Mary Anna Martinez; Bill Merrit; Pat McDowell; John McNatt; Catherine Schmuck; Surnedra Simmons; Charla Wise; Roger Yandell; and Jeremiah “Jerry” Thompson.


Goodwill is more than a thrift store. The largest employer of people with disabilities in the world, Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.

Goodwill Fort Worth’s 23 retail locations provide revenue through the sale of donated goods to support Goodwill’s mission – job training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities and other barriers to employment including lack of education or work experience and homelessness. For more information on Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, please visit publishes every week.
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