Gayle Byrne Legacy Club

Legacy Club Created to Honor 25-Year Employees

Southern Oregon Goodwill recently inducted nine current and former employees into the Gayle Byrne Legacy Club for service of 25 years or more to Goodwill. The club’s name is in honor of retired President & CEO of Southern Oregon Goodwill, Gayle Byrne, who retired with 37 years of service to the organization. Employees with service anniversaries of 25 years or more will be invited into the club in the years to come. Gayle and eight others are the first inductees into this esteemed club and were celebrated at a gathering in late September.

Current President & CEO, Shae Johns (Back row, third from left) joins new Gayle Byrne Legacy Club members after presenting each a 25-year pin. Front row (left to right): Maria Wicker, Gayle Byrne, and Sandy (Lindsey) Greb. Back row: Donna Nicholson, Tami Morris, Shae Johns, Linda Merfeld, Victoria Poague, and Don Kunkler. Donna Sack was unable to attend.


“Creating the Gayle Byrne Legacy Club is a way to honor Gayle’s incredible contribution to Goodwill and to celebrate the longevity of dedicated Goodwill employees, said Shae Johns, who succeeded Byrne as President and CEO in 2014. “It is an honor for me to be able to celebrate with each of the inductees for achieving this career milestone.” Byrne, her husband Michael, and daughter Natalie traveled to Medford for the first annual induction ceremony from their home in Seattle.

Gayle Byrne holds the plaque at the club gathering in late September 2019

A plaque is on display in the lobby at administrative headquarters in Medford and eligible members will be added in the future. Four of the nine in the club are current employees.

Gayle Byrne Legacy Club first nine inductees:

Gayle Byrne (1977 – 2015), retired President & CEO

Linda Merfield (1985 – 2014), retired COO

Don Kunkler (1987 – 2014), retired Retail Associate

Donna Sack (1989 – 2014), retired Director of HR

Victoria Poague (1990 – present), Retail Associate

Donna Nicholson (1992 – 2018), former Retail Associate

Maria Wicker (1993 – present), Retail Manager

Sandy Lindsey (1993 – present), Purchasing

Tami Morris (1993 – present), Retail Manager

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