Leadership Team

We put people to Work!

Kimberly Lewis

President & CEO

Kimberly Bussey Lewis isthe President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of East Texas and has more than 20 years of executive level non-profit and business experience – 17 of which has been leading Goodwill agencies. She joined Goodwill Industries of East Texas (GIET) in 2013. Prior to joining GIET, she led Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area, headquartered in Huntington, WV for 10 years.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, a Master’s Degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV., and is a Certified Executive through the Goodwill Industries Executive Development Program.  She is also a certified Master Life Coach.

Ms. Lewis is currently the Chair of the Goodwill Industries International (GII) Diversity & Inclusion Committee and winner of the GII 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award. She is a former member of the GII Board of Directors and former Chair of the GII Conference of Executives.

She is an author, speaker, consultant and frequent contributor to Forbes Magazine as a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council.  She is a respected professional and her articles have been published with Advancing Philanthropy, Workability International, AFPICON, Kahoots!, Retail Operations Network, The Global Good Fund, and others. She is also a distinguished 2018-19 Global Good Diana Davis Spencer Fellow and was recently named to the Brookings Institute Steering Committee on their Playful Leaning Landscapes Project. 

She has been honored with many awards during her career.  She is a distinguished 2018-19 Global Good Diana Davis Spencer Fellow.  Under her leadership Goodwill Industries of East Texas received the 2017 and 2019 Center of Excellence Award from Goodwill Industries International.

She is the author of a historical novel entitled “The Fourth Generation” and her second book, “A Seat At The Table or A Part of The Meal”- Creating A Culture of Diversity Equity and Inclusion.

She is the mother of two accomplished daughters, Jasmine and Alesha, and they share a love of traveling, reading, community service, and creative writing.

Sylvia VanZandt

Director of Human Resources

Misty Davis

Director of Finance

Misty Davis is the Finance Director for Goodwill Industries of East Texas, and brings to the table over twenty-four years of experience in Accounting. 

Misty started her career in 1996 with an Associate of Science Degree from Jacksonville College.  Her first accounting job was at Southern Multifoods, a Taco Bell franchisee, in Jacksonville, Texas.  She quickly promoted from an Accounting Clerk to Staff Accountant. 

In 2001, Misty married and moved to Tyler, Texas.  Here, she found a rewarding job at Azleway Boys Ranch.  Starting through a temporary agency, she worked her way up to the Director of Finance and Information Technology (IT) at Azleway Charter School.  During her six-year tenure at Azleway, Misty was able to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, while also juggling life as a mom of a toddler and a newborn. 

Eventually, Misty was able to gain experience in for-profit manufacturing accounting at a publicly traded company, American Railcar Industries in Longview, Texas.  After four years at ARI, an opportunity presented itself at Goodwill Industries of East Texas.  Misty started her career at GIET as a Staff Accountant, and was promoted to Accounting Supervisor during her first year on staff.  At the end of her second year at Goodwill, a Controller position became available at Door Controls, Inc. in Ben Wheeler, Texas, which she took.  It didn’t take long for Misty to decide that she missed working for a company whose mission it was to provide job opportunities and training for people with barriers to employment.  When the Finance Director position became available in 2016, Misty was excited to come back to GIET.  In 2018, Misty received the Advanced Non Profit Management Certificate through the East Texas Center for Nonprofits. 

As Finance Director, Misty doesn’t get hands-on experience fulfilling the mission of Goodwill on a daily basis.  During tax season, however, she enjoys the opportunity to serve the community through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program, where she and a team of GIET employees are able to provide free tax preparation services to the community. 

She is married to John, and they have three daughters who keep them busy with various activities and too many pets to count!  They are all currently learning different instruments and are working on starting a rock band, just for some good family fun.

Bethanie Carico

Director of Retail

Chevella Layne

Director of Mission Services

Ruth Davis

Director of Commercial Services

Ruth came to Goodwill Industries of East Texas in October of 2013.  She was hired as a Costing Specialist, setting the piece rate for new contracts.  A short time later, Ruth moved to Production Management at Commercial Services.  This was the perfect training ground for Ruth to become Director of Commercial Services in 2015.  Since Ruth has been director, she has been privileged to be a part of giving those with barriers to employment an opportunity to train, learn and grow to become productive employees for Goodwill and various other companies around Tyler.  Ruth loves to see those with barriers learn new skills and gain confidence in their abilities.  Everyone wants to be a contributing and working member of society and Goodwill Commercial Services gives that opportunity to all employees and consumers.

Ruth and her team have expanded business opportunities at Commercial Services over the years.   Commercial Services provides roadside delineators to the TXDOTS across Texas, provides Trane with several essential components for AC units daily, performs warehousing and pick/pack operations for various companies as well as other miscellaneous contracts for local, state and national companies.  The wide variety of contracts ensures that all of our employees and consumers, regardless of their barrier, can work and contribute to their success.

Ruth graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering.  She has worked for Dayco, HON, and Raven Industries before finding her way to Goodwill Industries of East Texas.  She is married to her wonderful husband Rich and they have three children.

Jeff Littrell

Director of Facilities & Maintenance

Jeff Littrell, A native East Texan, started his career with Littrell Construction Co. at the age of 5.  In 1997 he began his career with Goodwill as Maintenance Supervisor.  He was promoted to Director of Facility Services/IT February 2014.  

Since his tenure he has taken the maintenance department from two employees to ten and cut out the high cost of contractors across the board.

Our CEO at that time found out about Jeff’s computer skills and included IT as part of his scope of work. Jeff has to date upgraded the retail stores from antiquated cash registers to cutting edge POS Systems and networks that are the backbone of our infrastructure.

 Jeff currently resides in Lindale with his wife Belinda and enjoys riding his Harley and entertaining his twenty grandchildren.