Dave Ward | President & CEO

Dave Ward joined Tommy Nobis Center in October 2015 as President & CEO. Dave is a servant leader with more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit 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 Tommy Nobis Center.

Prior to joining Tommy Nobis Center, 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.

In addition to being a Leadership Atlanta Class of 2020 graduate, Dave also serves as a Governor-appointed member of the Georgia Employment First Council. He sits on the board for the Georgia Association of Training, Employment and Supports (GATES) and serves as its president from 2019-2023. He was also a nominee for the Turknett Leadership Group's 2018 Leadership Character Award. 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 Powder Springs with his wife, Priscilla, their son Cohen, and their daughter Callie. During football season, Dave can be found passionately cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Tammy Shearer provides experienced CFO leadership to Tommy Nobis Center. 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 bachelor’s degree 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.


David Hamilton joined Tommy Nobis Center (TNC) in October 2020 and served as the VP, Administration before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) in February of 2022. As the COO, David focuses on operationalizing TNC's strategic plans. He oversees the Programs, Business Operations, Accounting, and People & Culture Departments. David also oversees TNC's IT and facilities functions.

An Operations Executive, David has served in a variety of talent development and organizational leadership roles in diverse, multi-national, and multi-disciplined organizations ranging in size from 25 to 21,000 people and with multi-million-dollar budgets. His global experience across 40+ countries enhanced his cross-cultural communication skills and deep appreciation for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, David served 32 years in the U.S. Army, earning the rank of Brigadier General. His career highlights include assignments in Australia, Germany, and England as well as operational deployments to Iraq, Bosnia, and Afghanistan.

David has a Bachelor of Science degree in National Security and Public Affairs from West Point, a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University, and a Master of Science degree in National Security Studies from the National Defense University. He was also a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

David resides in Alpharetta with his wife, Lindsay; their daughter, Naomi; and their black lab, Posie. He loves Boston sports teams, hiking, and cycling.


David Suddreth joined Tommy Nobis Center in November 2018. As the Vice President, Business Operations, David is responsible for all business operations, business development and our AbilityOne contract services for our federal and civilian agency government customers nationwide.

David received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Grantham University. He spent 20 years with the United States Air Force in human resources and contracting and retired in 2006. David has since held positions as Contracts Manager with General Dynamics Information Technology and Director of Business Development with SourceAmerica. David is a member of the National Contract Management Association and is an APDP Level II Certified contracting professional.

David and his wife, Mosky, reside in Woodstock with their dog, Mason. Their son, Austin, resides in The Colony, Texas. David and Mosky enjoy traveling and whitewater rafting.


Meagan Davis joined Tommy Nobis Center in November 2016. As Vice President of Development, she provides vision and leadership for all development initiatives, including organizational expansion and community outreach, and provides leadership for the organization's annual giving and stewardship campaigns, grant and vehicle donation programs, and annual events.

Meagan received her Master of Arts degree in English from The University of South Alabama. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and received her CFRE certification in 2020. Prior to joining Tommy Nobis Center, Davis served for over a decade in education and nonprofit community outreach with populations in Georgia, Alabama, Honduras, and South Korea.

Meagan resides in Atlanta, but, as an Alabama native, will always be an Auburn fan at heart. She enjoys hiking and traveling both locally and abroad, having visited 30 countries to date.


Julia Holcombe joined Tommy Nobis Center in March 1998. As Director of Accounting, she manages the day-to-day leadership of the accounting department, ensuring sound financial practices and overseeing all fiscal aspects of the organization.

Julia graduated from Kennesaw State University in December 1991 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. She is a Marietta native and lives in Acworth with her husband Mike, their two children, Jacob and Sarah, and their dog, Lucy. She and her family love to go on cruises.


Liz Pfennig joined Tommy Nobis Center in June 2021 as Director of Programs. She has dedicated the last 10 years to leading services for individuals with disabilities in the quasi-governmental, non-profit field. She has demonstrated successful oversight of program development and implementation and is excited to be focused on enhancing and growing the valuable employment programs and services delivered through TNC. Liz most recently served as Director of Community, Rehabilitation, and Wellness for Highland Rivers Community Services Board in Dalton where she oversaw programs funded by various state and federal contracts and grants.

Liz graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2011 with her Master's Degree in Public Administration with a concentration on non-profit administration. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Salisbury State University in Maryland. Liz thrives on providing strengths-based leadership and has attended and completed many leadership development trainings and recently received a Certificate of Management Development through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at University of Georgia.

Liz is originally from New Jersey but has been a Georgia transplant for the last 20 years. She resides in Canton with her husband Greg, their two daughters Rory and Joey, and two goldendoodles Daisy and Duke. Liz finds her greatest joy in spending time with her family, but also enjoys cheering on the Braves and Falcons, baking and decorating sugar cookies, and completing home improvement projects.


Beth Anders joined Tommy Nobis Center in December 2014. During this time, she has served in several roles including Program Manager and Metrics Analyst, Director of Business Development, and has managed the Vehicle Donation Program, TNC's largest fundraising initiative. As Director of Development, she provides leadership for the organization's annual giving and stewardship campaigns, grant and vehicle donation programs, and annual events.

Beth holds a Business Management Specialist certificate from Chattahoochee Technical College, and an associate in Christian Ministry from Bob Jones University. She has previously served as Vice President of Lending for MembersFirst Credit Union and owned her own business.

Beth resides in Smyrna with her husband Chris and her two dogs, Chewie & Tucker. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, traveling locally as well as abroad, and sewing and paper crafting.