John Hantla


President – CEO

John Hantla has been serving as Goodwill of the Great Plains’ President since July 1996. Prior to becoming president his career of service to Goodwill encompasses a very beneficial step through the ranks. He served as Vice President, Sales and Production, for six years, as the Director of Goodwill in Sioux Falls, SD for six years and as a Case Manager in Sioux City for three years. John began his career with Goodwill as Director of Projects with Industry in 1982. He is an active volunteer in the community, has served as the Vice Chair of the North Central Regional Association of Goodwill Industries and serves regularly on Goodwill Industries International (GII) committees. He is a graduate of Adams State College, Alamosa, CO and also a graduate of the Goodwill Industries International Executive Training Program. John is a Vistage Board Member in Omaha, NE and a Rotary Club member.

Charlotte Nelson

Charlotte Nelson


Chief Administrative Officer and Compliance Officer

Charlotte began her career as Compliance Officer to the agency and Executive Coordinator to the President and CEO in 2007. She was promoted to Vice President of Administrative Services in 2010. She was then promoted to Chief Administrative Officer in 2012. Charlotte oversees compliance, human resources, marketing, strategic planning, information technology, and health and safety. Charlotte previously worked as a managing legal assistant and legal secretary for two Sioux City law firms and has graduated Leadership Siouxland. She volunteers as a board member for Leadership Siouxland.

Vilay Keokenchanh


Chief Operating Officer

Vilay Keokenchanh began his career with Goodwill in 2006 as the Director of Sales. He became the Vice President of Retail in 2009. He was then promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2012. Vilay formerly worked as a territory manager for Harker’s Distribution, sales consultant for Verizon Wireless and sales manager for the UPS store. He also holds a degree in Professional Studies from Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA and a MBA from Jack Welch Management Institute. Vilay has completed the Goodwill Industries International Senior Leadership Training Program and Executive Development Training Program.

Briget Solomon

Briget Solomon


Vice President of Planning and Marketing

Briget began her career with Goodwill as a Human Resources Associate in 2004. By 2007 she became the Director of Organizational Planning and was promoted to Vice President of Strategic Planning in 2010. Briget oversees strategic planning, organizational development, and marketing. Briget is a graduate of Wayne State College, Wayne, NE and received her Master of Science in Administrative Studies at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD in 2011. She is also a graduate of Leadership Siouxland and Goodwill Industries International Senior Leadership Development Program.