Executive Team

Dave Ward

President & CEO

Dave Ward joined Nobis Works in October 2015 as President & CEO. Dave is a servant leader with more than 26 years of experience in the non-profit field. He has a proven history of programmatic and organizational success with a strong focus on building new programs from the ground up, and he is passionate about changing lives and advancing the mission of Nobis Works.

Prior to joining Nobis Works, Dave served as Executive Vice President of Mental Health and Family Services for the Wounded Warrior Project after serving as Warriors To Work Director and Economic Empowerment Executive Vice President. In addition, Dave has held roles as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Regional Director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Regional Vice President of Best Buddies International. Dave spent six years with the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Ohio and was once a licensed psychotherapist providing home-based counseling to at-risk youth.

Dave’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice from Bluffton College and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Bowling Green State University.

A native of Bowling Green, Ohio, Dave now resides in Acworth with his wife, Priscilla, their son Cohen, their daughter Callie and their Saint Bernard, Mitchell. During football season, Dave can be found passionately cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Lisa Hughes

Vice President – Human Resources & Administration

Lisa Hughes joined Nobis Works in 2014, and she provides strategic human resources leadership and guidance to the organization by overseeing talent acquisition, career development, performance management, succession planning, retention, training and development. She also guides Nobis Works’ cultural and diversity programs, compliance, employee relations, compensation and benefits in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction. Lisa is a key player in the areas of health and safety, corporate communications and information technology.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Management from The Georgia Institute of Technology with certificates in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Economics. She received her Master of Science in Personnel and Employment Relations from Georgia State University. She obtained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation in 1996, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation in 2003, Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) in 2005 and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation in 2015.

In her “spare” time, Lisa serves as the 2016-2017 President for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) — Atlanta chapter. She is an Instructor in the College of Professional & Continuing Education at Kennesaw State University, teaching in the Human Resource Certification program.

An Atlanta native, Lisa lives in Canton with her husband Edwin. Together, they enjoy live music and attending auto races.

Cole Chase

Vice President – Vocational Rehabilitation

Cole Chase joined Nobis Works as Vice President of Vocational Rehabilitation in August of 2016. In this role, Cole plans, directs and coordinates the operations and activities of the Rehabilitation Department. He leads the department with insight and compassion in order to change lives by providing vocational rehabilitation services to program participants leading them to obtain and maintain fulfilling employment.

Cole holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from North Dakota State University and his master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Vocational Evaluator.

Prior to Nobis Works, Cole’s previous experience included leading all of the workforce development activities for Bobby Dodd Institute as well as supervising the rehabilitation services for the state of Nevada. With more than 25 years of rehabilitation experience, Cole is an expert in his field and is well-respected in the rehabilitation community.

A Washburn, North Dakota native, Cole now calls Cumming, Georgia home. He enjoys traveling, connecting with nature by working in his yard and spending time with his family, which includes his two dogs, Louis and Pugsley.



Tammy Shearer provides experienced CFO leadership to Nobis Works. Tammy has more than 20 years of accounting experience with both multi-million dollar clients and small non-profits, domestically and internationally. As the owner of Cyber Financial Solutions, Tammy manages entire accounting departments, trains accounting personnel, and installs specialized software packages.

Tammy graduated with her Bachelors in Accounting from Kansas State University and has also worked in real estate and hotel management accounting. She resides in John’s Creek, is a member of AICPA, and she volunteers with nonprofits in her free time.


Board of Directors

Nobis Works consists of two 501(c)(3) organizations, each governed by a volunteer board of directors.  Below you’ll find a listing of the members of the boards of directors for:

  • Nobis Works, Inc. – Covers the entire Nobis Works system
  • Nobis Enterprises, Inc. – Federal and state contract employees with disabilities

Board Officers

Alan Moak, Board Chairman
Retired Business Owner/ Corporate Executive

Alan Moak is a retired business owner and corporate executive. He joined the Nobis Works Board in 2013 and served as Board Treasurer in 2015-16. After 25 years in a family-owned Automobile Dealership in Jackson, MS, Alan joined the corporate world in the same automotive industry, providing insurance product and risk management services in St. Petersburg, FL. He relocated to the Atlanta area in 2010. Throughout Alan’s career, he has always found time to serve in the nonprofit community.  Some of the past organizations in which Alan has served include Boy Scouts of America, Young Life, Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Jackson, Baptist Health Systems, Jackson Automobile Dealer Association, C3G Career Networking Group and Kettering Executive Network. Alan has a heartfelt passion for the mission of Nobis Works as his son, Chris, successfully completed training at Nobis Works, which enabled him to become employed by Publix. Alan resides in Brookhaven.


Hon. Rob Leonard, Board Vice Chairman
Superior Court Judge, Cobb County

Rob Leonard is a Superior Court Judge for Cobb County. He has served on the Nobis Works Board since 2006 and has held various officer positions. He is also Chairman of the Nobis Works Governance Committee. Rob resides in Cobb County.





Rob Swartwood, Board Secretary
Senior Associate, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Rob Swartwood is an attorney at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. He joined the Nobis Works Board in 2015 and serves on the Governance Committee. Rob and his family reside in Marietta.





Ben Miller, Board Treasurer
Partner, Bennett Thrasher

Ben Miller is a Partner at Bennett Thrasher. He has served on the Nobis Works Board since 2011 and has held various officer positions. He is also Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee. Ben and his family reside in Atlanta.


Board Members

Nobis Works Board MembersJim Budzinski
Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer
Terry Mathews
Mathews & Maxwell
Lance Cornell
Cornerstone Financial Consulting
Tony Hagler
Human Resources Director
Cobb County Government
Preston Hobson
Sales Manager

Bobbie Knopf, Founder
President and CEO
Northside Enterprises

Dick Lewis
Stewart Manley
Lynn Nobis Tommy Nobis, Founder
Atlanta Falcons
Nobis Works Board MembersBill Steinhaus
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart, PC
Nobis Works Board MembersChris Wasserman
Managing Partner
Cornerstone Solutions




Johnny Isakson
United States Senator
Karen Slaughter