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. He is also a board member of GATES (Georgia Association of Training, Employment and Support). 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, their daughter Callie and their Saint Bernard, Mitchell. During football season, Dave can be found passionately cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Dr. Tao-Yang Han is the Chairman of Board and President of IronCAD, LLC. He co-founded IronCAD in 2001 to focus in providing the best innovative and collaborative design solutions software for manufacturing industry. Since its incorporation IronCAD has grown business in the world-wide market through its 50+ distributors cross America, Europe, and Asia. Following its success in 3D design solutions for manufacturing industry IronCAD is expanding its solution offers to factory automation. Prior to founding IronCAD, Dr. Han was the Chief Technology Officer of Alventive, where he defined corporate technology strategy and designed the overall architecture for supply chain design collaboration solutions. Dr. Han is the inventor of several patented key technologies in the Compute-Aided Design (CAD) industry. Dr. Han was a visiting professor at National Taiwan University from 1987 – 1989. He received a PhD degree in Structural Engineering from Cornell University in 1984.