President & CEO
Connie Kirk joined Nobis Works in 1977 as its first CEO. She has led the organization’s development from its humble beginnings to a national leadership position today in the field of community rehabilitation programs.
A native of Albany, Ga., Connie holds a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Oklahoma Medical Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Speech from Mercer University. She also earned an Educational Specialist degree from Georgia State University.
As a leader nationally and in her community, Connie serves as the South Regional Representative on the National Council of Work Centers and is a past chairwoman of GATES, the Georgia Association of Training, Employment and Supports. She was the first woman inducted into the Rotary Club of Marietta and participated in the first class of Leadership Cobb. Connie was an active member of the WellStar Health System board of directors for many years, and has received awards from the National Rehabilitation Association, Atlanta Woman's Magazine, the Junior League of Cobb County and more.
Connie and her husband, Dempsey have two children and six grandchildren. They are active in their community and in their church. You may often find Connie enjoying her lake home, or browsing through bookstores for the latest novel.
Vice President - Corporate Communications & Development
Karen Carlisle served on Nobis Works' board of directors from 2001 to 2006, when she joined Nobis Works’ Tommy Nobis Foundation staff. In her role, she manages the public relations, community affairs, fundraising and vehicle donation programs.
Karen's background includes leading the Public and Government Affairs teams at the U.S. headquarters of European-based Solvay Pharmaceuticals and Randstad Staffing. She served previously for nine years as director of Marketing and Public Relations at Atlanta's Northside Hospital.
An Atlanta native, Karen holds a master's degree in Public Relations from Georgia State University and a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Auburn University. Her civic affiliations include the Leadership Cobb and Honorary Commanders Alumni Associations, YWCA Academy of Women Leaders, Marietta Kiwanis Club and Council Chair at Marietta First United Methodist Church.
Karen and her husband Kee have four children and one granddaughter, and live in Marietta, Ga. She enjoys exploring Georgia backroads with Kee to discover unique folk artists and their work, and walking the trails at nearby Kennesaw Mountain.
COO - Reworx
Mike Daniels' career began at NISH (formerly National Industries for the Severely Handicapped) where he worked for 17 years, most recently as the South field office manager for products and as program manager for chemical and biological protection of products manufactured in support of our Armed Forces.
Upon joining Nobis Works in 2006, Mike led the Business Services division which includes Nobis Enterprises federal contracting service and the organization’s Production Services. In 2009, while seeking a way to create more jobs for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment, Mike launched the new Reworx electronics recycling initiative. Today he serves as COO of Reworx, a dynamic social enterprise that has created 71 jobs since 2009.
Mike graduated with an MBA from Berry College and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University. He and his wife Susan live in Blue Ridge with their two teenage sons. Mike is the proud father of an Eagle Scout, and he enjoys riding his horses through the mountain trails.
Vice President - Business
Jim is the newest member of Nobis Works' management team, having joined the staff in May 2012. Jim leads the organization's business, production and community-based work site programs. He comes to Nobis Works after 27 years in the medical supply distribution field. Jim held various positions with Owens & Minor, including division vice president and area director of operations, overseeing aspects of sales and operations from Texas to North Carolina. Jim's most recent role at Owens & Minor was as director of Six Sigma in the area of process improvement.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Jim received a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the State University of New York (SUNY) in Albany.
Jim and his wife Sandra live in Acworth, where they enjoy following their two teenage sons' sports activities. When they aren't attending a high school baseball game or other event, Jim and Sandra enjoy traveling throughout the U.S.
Vice President - Human Resources
Linda provides direction for all personnel issues, recruiting, policies and procedures. Before joining Nobis Works in 1993, Linda held several positions in the corporate offices of Consolidated Freightways and Leaseway Transportation. She served as secretary for the Southeastern Area Conference Grievance Committee and functioned as the employer working assistant during national labor negotiations in Washington, DC.
In 2006, Linda led Nobis Works to receive the U.S. Department of Labor's EPIC (Exemplary Public Interest Contribution) Award. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), International Personnel Management Association and the Department of Labor Cobb/Cherokee Employers Committee.
Linda attended Valdosta State College and Massey Business School. A doting grandmother, Linda's pride and joy are her seven grandchildren. She also enjoys teaching Sunday School to youth and young adults in Marietta, where she lives with husband Malcolm.
Director - Rehabilitation Services
Becky joined the organization’s Rehabilitation Services team in 2006 and was promoted in 2010 to director. She leads the Rehab team’s evaluation, training and employment services programs. Becky comes to Nobis Works from the Georgia Vocation Rehabilitation Agency where she served as a rehabilitation counselor and a rehabilitation unit manager. She has a background in working with adults who have lost their vision and has worked as a rehabilitation teacher.
Becky received a bachelor's degree in Special Education from Florida State University and a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Florida. She has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor since 1994.
Becky and her husband Kevin live in East Cobb, where they enjoy following their son Cooper’s school and sports activities. Becky’s favorite pastimes are reading, yoga and watching her son’s team.