We are proud to be staffed with talented team members at every level of our organization. Meet our leadership team here. View our volunteer Board of Directors.
Chief Executive Officer
Growing up, Debera Taylor saw first-hand how barriers to employment can impact entire families. She watched as her mother struggled to get and keep a job without reliable transportation. She herself walked or rode a bicycle to and from her first job. She also learned how much a person can accomplish when given an opportunity; as she was provided support from a friend navigating how to enroll in college through grants and funding sources. Debera wants to ensure all of our clients have the opportunity to learn, grow and find sustainable employment, because she believes that when our clients succeed, we all succeed.
Debera brings decades of experience in the corporate world, most recently serving as the Vice President of Fortessa Tableware Solutions in Winchester. Her background in human resources lends itself to building dynamic partnerships and she is excited to lead NW Works into the next stage of the organization’s life.
Outside of NW Works, Deb sits on the Board of Directors of the Workforce Initiative as well as the Board of Directors of VAAccses. When she’s not at work, Deb can be found volunteering in the community, as well as spending time with her family and her Yorkie, Nicholas.
Vice President of Finance
Stephanie Lett is NW Work’s Vice President of Finance. 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.
Valerie Carney joined NW Works in July of 2019, after spending two years at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md. as a medical practice supervisor.
Prior to joining NW Works, Valerie spent the majority of her career in the healthcare field, beginning by serving as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy. A proud veteran, Valerie was stationed in a variety of locations both in the country and abroad throughout her service.
After retiring from the Navy, Valerie continued working in healthcare, primarily in hospital settings in the Maryland area.
When she’s not working, you can find Valerie spending time with her family; volunteering with the General Federation of Women’s Club in Martinsburg, where she sits on the board and serves as the Club’s Treasurer; or reading.
Executive Assistant & Project Coordinator
Crystal LeMieux joined NW Works in February of 2020, bringing extensive knowledge of customer service and staffing. In addition to her duties as an executive assistant, Crystal is the program coordinator for the Chimers Music Therapy program and manages all of the volunteers at NW Works.
Crystal graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology. A native of Loudoun County, Crystal is happy to be in on this side of the mountain in Winchester. When she’s not working, you can find her hiking, baking, and spending time with her son, Trenton, and cat, Moon.
Government Contract Manager
Missy Pugh joined NW Works in April of 2016 and currently serves as the Government Contract Manager. Prior to joining the company, Missy pursued a number of careers in the healthcare field, including phlebotomy and dementia care. Starting out as a Business Services Employee, Missy soon found her passion for working with the AbilityOne clients on contracts with the federal government. She now manages teams across nine federal sites in three states.
Pugh’s pride and joy in life are her two daughters, one who is studying to become a nurse and another who is entering fifth grade. She is a talented chef, and enjoys enhancing her culinary skills and hanging with her pups on her back porch, while also spending time with her girls.
Director of Therapeutic Programs
A graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Jim has been living and working in the Winchester area since 1992. He has worked with a number of vulnerable populations, both at the Timber Ridge School and later at the Northwestern Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
Jim’s connection to the disability community extends beyond his professional role though. Jim’s brother Richard had Down Syndrome and throughout Richard’s adult life, Jim worked closely with his parents to find services and care. At the age of 22, Jim was made the guardian of his brother to ensure he was cared for as both Richard and their parents aged. Although it can be a difficult conversation to have, Jim recognizes the importance of families and care providers having a plan in place for adults who may not have the ability to make legal decisions on their own. He hopes to support clients through not just the employment side of our mission, but to empower them and their loved ones to make informed decisions on all fronts.
Jim and his wife Tammy have two adult children together. Their son Connor is a special education teacher while their daughter Haylie is studying Education at the University of Mary Washington. Outside of work, you can often find Jim exercising or watching a Steelers or Penguins game.
Director of Development
Carly Stoliker joins NW Works as our new Director of Development. The former Development Manager of the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, Carly holds a passion for both community outreach and advocacy for vulnerable populations.
With a background in Emergency Services, disability groups, and veterans organizations, Carly views her role at NW Works to not just be focused on fund development, but also advocacy for the disability community.
“When people see your passion and energy for something, they want to be a part of that. They too want to be a catalyst for change for the disability community.”
When she’s not working, you can find Carly kayaking, hiking, grilling, or spending time with her dog, Sir Dudley.
Carly is always interested in expanding opportunities at NW Works. If you want to chat about sponsorship opportunities, planned giving, or upcoming events, send her an email at email@example.com.
Ellie Williams Tahmaseb
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
Ellie Williams Tahmaseb joined NW Works in October of 2019, coming from a background in broadcast news. An Emmy-nominated journalist, she’s excited to amplify the voices of the NW Works team as the organization moves into a new chapter.
A New Jersey native, she graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Ma. in 2017. During her time at Northeastern, she traveled to Greece to cover the ongoing Syrian Refugee Crisis and the country’s economic strife. After working in production at a television news station in Boston, Ellie eventually left New England for an on-air reporting position at WDVM 25, a television station in Hagerstown, Md., where she worked as a multimedia journalist in the station’s Winchester bureau, serving as a general assignment reporter for the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
Over the course of covering city council meetings, court cases, and everything in between, she learned of NW Works and quickly fell in love with the organization’s mission, jumping at the chance to tell the story of NW Works.
Outside of work, Ellie volunteers with the Concern Hotline and is part of the Northwestern Prevention Collaborative Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success program. She also serves on the board of Arte Libre VA. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys aquaculture, taekwondo, and hiking.
Interested in a media opportunity or need a contact at NW Works? Send Ellie an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Wharton joined NW Works in July of 2015, working the night shift on the Hood line as a Business Services Employee. He climbed the ranks in the Business Services Department before moving to the Government team, and eventually was promoted to the Facilities Manager. He is excited to carry the organization into its next stages as he manages both the facility overall and the Business Services Department.
Although he was born in Manassas, Virginia, Jake moved to Middletown when he was young and continues to live in the community. When Jake isn't working, you can find him spending time on the river with his wife Carly, and dog, Sophie.