The Board of Directors

Good Will proudly acknowledges the contributions of its Board of Directors with several outside directors giving guidance and direction to our executive team.

Mr. John P. Briody is President and Chief Operating Officer at Good Will Publishers and a veteran of over thirty years with the company. Starting as a Marketing Assistant, Mr. Briody has been an integral part of management leadership in his tenure at Good Will. He is a graduate of Belmont Abbey College and earned his MBA at Monmouth College. He has been active in the American Marketing Association, serving as a local chapter President, and has served on the board of the Diocese of Charlotte Catholic Social Services and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gaston County YMCA.

Mr. Richard G. Hoefling, J.D., was educated at Belmont Abbey College and Samford University Cumberland School of Law. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Good Will Board of Directors, Executive Vice President of Finance and General Counsel. He also serves as President of the Good Will Corporate and Organizational companies and is actively engaged in every area of the business. Prior to moving to North Carolina to begin an affiliation with Good Will, Mr. Hoefling practiced Real Estate and Securities Law at the firm of Dunaway, McCarthy and Dye in Washington, D.C. He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, the District of Columbia and Virginia. Mr. Hoefling is a Knight of Malta and has also served as an advisor to and member of a number of non-profit boards and foundations, including a long time affiliation as a member of the Board of Trustees of Belmont Abbey College.

Dr. Patrick L. Gallagher, Ph.D., who holds a doctorate in Political Science from St. Louis University, grew up in the Good Will business. After tenure as a college professor, Dr. Gallagher joined Good Will, becoming a highly successful part of the sales force and then a respected Division Manager. After the death of his father, Edward F. Gallagher, Jr., Dr. Gallagher took over the reins as President of Good Will Publishers. He was active in the Direct Selling Association, led the company successfully into the next generation of ownership and explored ever newer channels of distribution before retiring.

Reverend Alfred McBride, O.Praem. Father McBride was the founder and first Executive Director of the Department of Religious Education at the National Catholic Education Association. He is the author of over forty books and is highly sought as a retreat master and lecturer. He is also a popular host and lecturer for the Eternal Word Television Network. Former President of the University of Albuquerque and professor of homiletics at Blessed John XXIII Seminary, Father McBride was recently named one of the most “influential religious education leaders of the 20th century” by the Talbot School of Theology.

Dr. Phillip Sidwell, Ph.D., has been a management consultant for Good Will for over thirty five years. Dr. Sidwell is a licensed psychologist and has specialized in working with family-owned and privately held enterprises throughout the United States. He was a former partner in an international management consulting firm and Director of Advanced Management programs for the School of Business Administration at Georgia State University before entering private practice as a consultant to businesses. Dr. Sidwell has more than thirty years concentration in the elements of successful family businesses, including succession and ownership transition, recruitment, retirement and career path planning and is a nationally recognized expert in the area of family businesses.

Mr. Fredrick G. Gallagher currently serves as Editor-in-Chief at Good Will. He has written five children’s books as well as two different bereavement books used by Good Will in various programs. He is also responsible for updating Good Will sales program materials, with special duties as an ambassador to the sales force in Good Will’s incentive and achievement programs. Mr. Gallagher is a published poet and has also won national recognition for written materials in the addictions field in which he has been an active volunteer for over twenty-five years.

Mr. James V. Hetzel, J.D., is President and CEO of Trinity Road, LLC, an organization he co-founded with Bob Gallagher and Good Will Publishers in 1997 as a multi-channel distributor of family friendly and religious books and gifts. He holds his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Indiana. Prior to the founding of Trinity Road he practiced Venture Finance law with a large Midwestern law firm. Trinity Road is now the largest internet distributor of Catholic books and gifts in the world and Mr. Hetzel oversees several e-commerce sites such as:,, and He is an active board member for numerous not-for-profit organizations.

Dr. William K. Thierfelder, Ed.D., is President of Belmont Abbey College. He is a licensed psychologist, a two time NCAA Division I All-American athlete, former Division I coach and member of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Psychology Registry. He was also a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychological Specialties and has founded and run his own business. As well as functioning as a high level executive in other businesses, including a tenure as President of the renowned York Bar Bell Company, which position he resigned to take on the presidency of Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Theirfelder brings not only his business acumen but a unique educational perspective to our board. He is also highly sought as a motivational speaker and lecturer.

Mr. Alan Napleton is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Robert Morris College. Until 1990, he worked with one of the country’s largest commercial real estate developers where he became Senior Vice-President in charge of Business Development. In 1990, Mr. Napleton left a successful corporate career to focus his talents and energies on communications within the Catholic marketplace. In this capacity, he became President of CCC of America, a producer and distributor of family entertainment products. He also served as Director of New Evangelization of America, a Pan-American organization working with bishops, priests and laity throughout the Americas to maximize communications in the Church’s work of evangelization. Mr. Napleton is the founder and current President of the Catholic Marketing Network, a growing consortium of manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of Catholic products. He also serves on the boards of a number of national and international Catholic organizations as well as consulting with Eternal Word Television Network and other organizations within the Catholic world.

Mr. Kevin T. Kennelly is Managing Partner, Park Meridian Holdings, LLC. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and his MBA in Finance from the University of North Carolina. Mr. Kennelly is a former North Carolina Deputy Secretary of Commerce and the founder of Park Meridian Bank, where he served as President and CEO until its sale to Regions Bank in 2001, at which time he became President of Region’s Mid-Atlantic Group. Under Mr. Kennelly’s management, the Mid-Atlantic Group went from $350 million in assets to over $4 billion and grew to sixty branches spread over sixteen cities. Mr. Kennelly is a North Carolina Bankers Association board member and board member of the John Locke Foundation, among many others. He has also been active in volunteer support of the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as a number of political, educational and charitable institutions.

Mr. Robert M. Gallagher, received his B.A. in Business and Economics from Belmont Abbey College, his J.D. from Samford University and L.L.M. in Tax Law from Georgetown University. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Good Will Publishers, Inc. Mr. Gallagher sold his first volumes with Good Will at the age of sixteen and has been around the business his entire life. He was a partner in a successful law firm before returning to Good Will to direct the financial operations. In 1988 Mr. Gallagher became the fifth President of Good Will Publishers, initiating a period of unprecedented growth in the company. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Gallagher has used his financial and legal expertise, as well as his energetic entrepreneurship to guide Good Will into the new millennium and prepare it for future success. Mr. Gallagher is a Knight of Malta and serves as an active board member or volunteer with numerous civic, educational and religious organizations. He founded the Jefferson Leadership Group within Good Will to promote the Judeo Christian foundations of servant leadership.