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Our Board of Directors

NW Works is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Interested in joining our board? Contact us using the button below.

Richard Kozlow
Chairman of the Board

Richard Kozlow is the current Chair of the Board of Directors and serves as the 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.

Samir Jhaveri
Board Secretary & Compliance Chair

Samir Jhaveri is a long-time board member and the current Secretary for the Board of Directors. Samir is a former Vice President of Rubbermaid and brings a life-time of business experience to the Board. In addition to his role as Secretary, Samir serves on the Governance Committee and the Finance Committee, and is the Chair of the Compliance Committee. His term ends on September 30, 2022. 

Joel Stopha
Treasurer & Finance Chair

Joel Stopha joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and serves as the Treasurer of NW Works Board of Directors. He is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee. He also serve on the Governance Committee. Joel brings a wealth of experience from his career in the business world; he currently is the Director of Business Development at the SJ Morse Company. Joel's term expires on September 30, 2024.

Ann Wadsworth
Therapeutic Programs Chair

Ann Wadsworth is the current Chair of the Therapeutic Programs Committee and a long-time Board Member. A Training Specialist at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Ann brings a great deal of experience in Organizational Management and Training to NW Works, as well as the client-advocate perspective as the family member of a client. In addition to her role on the Therapeutic Programs Committee, Ann serves on the Governance Committee. Her term ends on September 30, 2022.

Stephanie Fincham
Board Member

Stephanie Fincham joined our Board of Directors in 2020, bringing decades of financial experience to the team. She is currently a Vice President and Trust Officer at First Bank. Stephanie serves on the Therapeutic Programs Committee. Her term ends September 30, 2024.

Russ Fowler
Board Member

Russ Fowler joined out Board in 2020. Russ is a practicing attorney with the Winchester Law Group and brings that expertise to NW Works, serving on our Governance Committee. His term ends on September 30, 2023. 

Andrea Koenker
Board Member

Andrea Koenker is a long-term board member and former Board President. A retired nurse, Andrea brings a therapeutic perspective to the Board, as well as the invaluable perspective of parent of a client. She serves on the Therapeutic Programs Committee. Andrea's term expires on September 30, 2024.

Kevin Lakin
Board Member

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.

Aaron Martin
Board Member

Aaron Martin joined the Board of Directors in 2020 and serves on the Compliance Committee. A Vice President of Information Technology at Fortessa Tableware Solutions, Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge from the IT industry to NW Works. His board term ends on September 30, 2023. 

Ellen Mason
Board Member

Ellen Mason is a long-time 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 client. Ellen currently serves on the Therapeutic Programs Committee and is also the Secretary of the NWW Foundation. Ellen's term ends on September 30, 2022. 

James Burton
Board Member

James Burton is a long-time board member who serves on the Compliance Committee. As a Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Valley Health, James brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to NW Works. His board term ends on September 30, 2021. 

Justin Dennis
Board Member

Justin Dennis joined NW Works' Board of Directors in 2020 and serves on the Compliance Committee. Justin is a Production Manager at the Trex Company and brings decades of experience in production to NW Works. His term ends on September 30, 2024.

Joel Smith
Board Member

Joel Smith joined NW Works Board of Directors in 2020 and serves on the Finance Committee. Joel is a Senior Tax Manager at Michael Callahan and Associates, and brings decades of financial experience to the Board. His term ends on September 30, 2024.

NWW Foundation Board


Debera Taylor
Chair of the Foundation

Debera Taylor is the current Chair of the NW Works Foundation and the Chief Executive Officer of NW Works. She brings extensive management experience from a number of large organizations, such as Fortessa Tableware Solutions; Sheetz, Inc.; and the World Wildlife Fund. 

Richard Kozlow
Treasurer
Richard Kozlow is the current Treasurer of the NWW Foundation. A former Executive Vice President of Bank of America, Rich brings decades of experience in the banking industry to the NW Works Board. In addition to his duties as President of the NW Works Board of Directors, Rich also serves on the Finance Committee, the Governance Committee, and on the Therapeutic Programs Committee. He is also the former Interim Chief Executive Officer of NW Works. 
Ellen Mason
Secretary

Ellen Mason is the Secretary of the NWW Foundation Board. She is also long-time 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 client. Ellen currently serves on the Foundation Board, the Compliance Committee, and the Therapeutic Programs Committee. Ellen's term ends on September 30, 2022. 

Jason Aikens
Board Member

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. 

Forrest Limon
Board Member

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
Board Member
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.
 

What all of us here […] want is to somehow be able to lift this burden from the shoulders of our sweet friends who come to NW Works every day. To allow them access to their dreams to be happy, to have a fulfilling life. To feel important, to have purpose, to be self-reliant. To have a social life if that’s what they want, and to feel valued: as friends, colleagues, and members of the community.

Richard Kozlow, Chair of the NW Works Board of Directors