Dave Ward | President & CEO
Dave Ward joined Tommy Nobis Center in October 2015 as President & CEO. Dave is a servant leader with more than 29 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 selected as a member of Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2020, 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 will serve as its president from 2019-2021. 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 Acworth with his wife, Priscilla, their son Cohen, and their daughter Callie. During football season, Dave can be found passionately cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Lisa Hughes | CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Lisa Hughes joined Tommy Nobis Center in 2014. As Chief Operating Officer, she leads the Rehabilitation Department, Production & Fulfillment Department, Human Resources and Nobis Enterprises, our government contracting team. Lisa promotes alignment around Tommy Nobis Center’s organizational strategy, programs and business operations. She is a key player in the areas of information technology, organizational safety & health and our facilities.
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, obtained her 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. Through Georgia Center for Nonprofits, she was awarded a Certificate of Nonprofit Organization Management in 2015.
Lisa is an Instructor in the College of Professional & Continuing Education at Kennesaw State University and served as the 2016-2017 President for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Atlanta chapter.
An Atlanta native, Lisa lives in Canton with her husband Edwin, their black lab, Louie, and 2 horses. Together, Lisa and Edwin enjoy live music and attending auto races.
TAMMY SHEARER | CFO
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.
JULIA HOLCOMBE | CONTROLLER
Julia Holcombe joined Tommy Nobis Center in March 1998. As Controller, 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.
DAVID SUDDRETH | DIRECTOR, NOBIS ENTERPRISES
David Suddreth joined Tommy Nobis Center in November 2018 as Director of Nobis Enterprises. David is responsible for AbilityOne contracts with our federal and civilian agency government customers in 24 states.
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 Dallas, Texas. David and Mosky enjoy whitewater rafting and traveling.
MEAGAN DAVIS | DIRECTOR, DEVELOPMENT
Meagan Davis joined Tommy Nobis Center in November 2016. As Director of Development, she provides leadership and support to the organization’s annual giving and stewardship campaigns, donor relations, grants management, vehicle donations, and annual events, including the Galaxy of Stars luncheon.
Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Meagan served in education and nonprofit community outreach with populations in Georgia, Alabama, Honduras, and South Korea. She received her master’s degree in English from The University of South Alabama and has served as an instructor in both secondary and postsecondary institutions. Her work in financial and youth development fields has included campaign and program development, youth mentoring and job readiness direct services.
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.
ALEXANDER JEAN-BAPTISTE | DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Alexander Jean-Baptiste joined Tommy Nobis Center in December 2018 as Director of Business Development. Alexander manages Tommy Nobis Center’s local, state, and federal non-AbilityOne government contract pursuits from capture management to proposal development and submission. He also leads the marketing of Tommy Nobis Center’s business solutions to private corporations.
Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University and brings over 15 years of business development experience to Tommy Nobis Center. He lives in Dunwoody, enjoys participating in fun activities with his son, and gives back to his community by teaching business development fundamentals to underrepresented entrepreneurs.
MICHELLE CHRISTIAN | DIRECTOR, PROGRAMS
Michelle Christian joined Tommy Nobis Center in October 2017 and is Director of Programs, overseeing all programs, including EYES (Early Youth Employment Services), Ticket To Work, Medicaid Waiver, Community Sites, Work Adjustment and Café Blends.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Administration in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. She worked with DFCS and DJJ youth at another non-profit agency for 28 years and held numerous leadership roles.
Michelle is married, has three sons and lives in Dallas. They are all sports fans and enjoy football and track, and Michelle and her husband have coached a track team in Paulding County for 13 years.