Janie Wolicki Best
Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
Janie has over 25 years of experience as a non-profit professional with expertise in organizational structures, budgeting, fundraising and relationship building. Janie leads the WHW staff with her experience in major gifts, annual campaigns and large scale special events. Janie also has a proven and highly successful track record in building and growing strong boards focused on the mission of the organization and on their role as board members. Click here for Janie’s Bio.
Chief Operating Officer
Trina oversees all back office operations of WHW, helping the organization to deliver measurable and cost-effective results. Her wide range of responsibilities include Human Resources, the shaping of WHW’s brand message, development and implementation of WHW’s strategic marketing and communication activities, purchasing, organizational policies, management of WHW’s technology infrastructure and facilities, oversight of WHW’s Retail Store, Deja New, as well as special projects designed to increase the organization’s capacity, efficiency and awareness in the community. Click here for Trina’s Bio.
Director of Programs
Rachel orchestrates the leadership in the five programmatic branches of WHW’s Employment Readiness Development as well as WHW’s robust Volunteer Program. Her responsibilities include supervising, recruiting, and training lead staff to ensure the highest quality of service is extended to clients and collaborating corporate and nonprofit organizations. Rachel oversees placement objectives while designing and implementing strategic growth plans, resulting in expansion of programs, funding, and events. She also manages the programmatic budget and grant outcomes. Rachel’s passion is built upon community partner relationships to collaborate and strengthen community efforts. Click here for Rachel’s Bio.
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Brenda is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive path to employment for mid skill level positions. Through partnerships with United Way of Orange County, local business partners, educational institutions and select nonprofit agencies, Brenda oversees educational needs, job training, case management and new approaches to employment. Through an effective model of workforce development, Brenda ensures that barriers to mid skill level positions are identified, addressed and resolved in order to significantly increase the economic self-sufficiency of qualified job seekers.
Ginger manages the day-to-day profitable and smooth operations of WHW’s retail social enterprise , Deja New and manages WHW’s Donation and Processing Center. Ginger oversees retail sales, customer service, inventory management, merchandising, social media and internal controls. Ginger establishes, facilitates and documents daily procedures, provides daily, weekly and monthly sales reports and strategically works to increase retail profits in support of WHW’s mission and programs.
Jacqulene works to support the outreach, planning and execution of educational programs along with helping to manage outcomes and oversee volunteers in various capacities. She coordinates workshop materials, workshop calendars and job leads. Jacqulene is instrumental in driving WHW’s Placement Program to ensure acquisition of employment information.
Ana coordinates WHW’s Apparel Program. She oversees incoming referrals, helps to schedule services, coordinates volunteers and works directly with Job Seekers to ensure they have access to appropriate apparel for interviews. Ana also assists in WHW’s Retail Store, Deja New, in WHW’s Donation and Processing Center and in WHW’s many special program events.
Alma supports WHW’s Chief Operating Officer in ensuring that back office functions deliver a high level of efficiency and effectiveness. Alma provides data, facilities, technology and marketing support and takes on special projects to help keep WHW running at a high level of impact.
Donation Center Coordinator
Angela is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of WHW’s Donation and Processing Center. Angela ensures that a thorough quality assessment is made of all incoming donations and that they are distributed to the proper program. Angela provides training and direction to a host of volunteers keeping WHW Apparel Centers and Retail Shop well stocked!
Lizette supports WHW’s mission through a variety of key tasks and processes, ensuring that our nonprofit partners and job seekers receive a high quality of service and follow up. She oversees front desk management, assisting Job Seekers with getting registered for appropriate programs and helping donors, volunteers and guests feel welcomed!