In Honor of John Collinsby Representative Sam Farr
Posted on 2015-01-22
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Mr. FARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the remarkable public
service career of Mr. John Collins, who is retiring from a 28 year
career with Goodwill Industries as the Senior Vice President of
Workforce Development Programs to Goodwill Industries for Santa Cruz,
Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. In that time John build a
stellar reputation for compassionate service and insightful leadership.
He is so well networked in the community that it seems that John can
claim almost everybody in the Central Coast, including me, as a friend.
A native of Santa Cruz, California, John earned his Master of Public Health Degree from San Jose State University, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Human Services Administration from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. John has held positions in both the private and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Goodwill, John provided consultant services to companies regarding troubled employees and health issues; Program Director for Dominican Hospital's EAP; and Director of Human Organ Recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
As Senior Vice President, Mr. Collins has been very active in the support and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Workforce Investment Act, and many educational strategies. As a CARF Surveyor, he has ensured that organizations around the world follow the standards for quality employment and training programs. John's work has also included extensive outreach in the Central Coast community. He serves on the Workforce Investment Board as well as having served on The Monterey County Tourist and Travel Alliance, the Board of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce and Monterey County Hospitality Boards of Directors. He served as an elected Trustee and president of the board of Santa Cruz City Schools.
Mr. Speaker, I know that I speak for the whole House in sharing our gratitude to John for a job well done and extend our best wishes to John and his family in this next chapter of life. I know that even in retirement, he will still find himself involved in the community and helping people in need and will continue to stand as an example for others.