The NWW Foundation is a 509(a)(3) supporting charity, founded in 2018 to support NW Works, Inc. As a private foundation, the NWW Foundation disperses at least 5 percent of assets each year to NW Works, which helps cover program expenses for the organization. The Foundation is focused on both investing existing assets and fundraising additional assets to prepare for the future of NW Works.
Currently, most online donations made to NW Works via our website go to the NWW Foundation. However, donors can decide where their gifts will go and how they will be used, and we always honor our donor’s wishes and expectations.
It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, much like NW Works.
Stephanie Lett is the interim Chair of the NWW Foundation, as well as NW Work’s Vice President of Finance & Human Resources. Prior to joining NW Works in September of 2019, she handled the finances of Synoptos, a global tech startup based in Washington, DC.
Born and raised in Staunton, Va., Stephanie has lived all over the commonwealth, working within finance for a number of organizations, including several construction companies. She also has previously worked for a national tax consulting firm.
After surviving breast cancer, Stephanie spends a great deal of her time working with others battling the disease. As a consumer reviewer, she is also a full voting member of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ Breast Cancer panel, a branch of the Department of Defense. She also volunteers with the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery Program, is a member of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, and previously facilitated a cancer support group.
When she’s not crunching numbers and building budgets, Stephanie loves to travel the world and spend time with her family.
Richard Kozlow is the current Treasurer of the NWW Foundation. Rich retired from a career in the Financial Services industry, where he was an executive with multiple Fortune 100 firms. He started his career with a New York-based international Public Accounting firm. Rich's work took him to several major cities in the US and also included an extended tour in London where his responsibilities extended throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Rich is a Vietnam-era Veteran who served with the US Army in Korea. He is also the former Interim Chief Executive Officer of NW Works and the current Chair of the NW Works Board of Directors.
Ellen Mason is the Secretary of the NWW Foundation Board. She is also former member of the Board of Directors and a former Board President. A former nurse, Ellen brings a personal connection to NW Works, as the parent of a former client.
Jason Aikens is a current member of the NWW Foundation, and a former President and Member of the NW Works Board of Directors. Jason is the Vice President of the Aikens Group and brings a unique combination of experience in business management, hospitality and real estate to NW Works.
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Forrest Limon joined the NWW Foundation Board in 2020. A Financial Advisor at JP Morgan Chase, Forrest brings a fresh perspective to the Foundation and is eager to make a difference at NW Works.
Kevin Lakin joined the board in 2020 and serves on the Finance Committee and the NWW Foundation Board. Kevin has brought a great deal of investment experience to NW Works, capitalizing on his experience as the Senior Vice President and Financial Officer of Truist Wealth and Truist Investment Services respectively. His board term expires on September 30, 2023.
Jason Williams joined the NWW Foundation Board in 2022, bringing nearly three decades of financial services experience to the organization. As a Financial Advisor at the Myrias Group, Jason uses a team-based approach to help his clients reach their financial goals. He hopes to bring that same mentality to the NWW Foundation.