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Head of Southern Oregon Goodwill to retire

 Posted: 12:55 PM July 08, 2014

Southern Oregon Goodwill President and CEO Gayle Byrne will retire at the end of September, concluding more than 37 years with the organization.

During Byrne's tenure, Southern Oregon Goodwill has grown to 15 stores from four, extended its reach to six counties from two and expanded its services to an additional 3,000 people annually.

"Gayle has led Goodwill into tremendous growth and financial stability," said Jeri Keeton, board chair and a vice president at Washington Federal in Medford, in a statement.

In 2004, Byrne helped create Steps to Success, which applies a whole-family approach to employment. In 2013, the program expanded to serve families of veterans and active military.

Goodwill has opened five Job Connections Centers for those seeking employment with the first center opened in August 2012, Since then, more than 5,000 people have received assistance with resume preparation, interview skills and connecting with potential employers.

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