Monica Blackwood

President and CEO

Monica Blackwood

Monica brings West Sound Workforce into its next generation of leadership, becoming President, CEO and owner in 2018.

Monica finds incredible fulfillment in seeing people use their skills and talents to become successful in their professional lives. Ultimately, it’s a community’s workforce that allows all to thrive! If you don’t find Monica in the office, it’s because she is volunteering, serving and lending her own talents to Boards and organizations aligning with economic development, education, workforce training/HR, diversity and many other things.

Graduating from the University of Washington as a third-generation Husky, Monica went on to earn an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Amberton University. She loves to have meaningful conversations, build sandcastles, and always finds a good reason to travel the world with her family.

Lora Morford

Client Relations Manager

Lora Morford

Lora Morford has deep roots in the Puget Sound as a lifelong resident of the Kitsap Peninsula. Most recently she owned Clark’s Jewelers in Gig Harbor where she was known for her high-quality products, excellent customer service, and savvy business sense. Thanks to these great qualities, her business was awarded Best Jewelry Store multiple times.

Prior to owning her store, Lora worked in the staffing industry as a recruiter. She enjoyed the aspect of working with clients to solve their staffing issues and loved the feeling of success achieved by putting people to work. She finds inspiration in building business and personal relationships.

Just like the rest of us here at West Sound Workforce, Lora believes in balancing hard work with a healthy, happy life. She shares her many adventures with her husband and two sons including travel, discovering new restaurants, and boating! Oh, one more thing; she says “Go Cougs!”

Sue Haugan

Business Development Manager

Sue Haugen, Business Development Manager

Sue Haugan, the newest member of the West Sound Workforce team, brings over 25 years of staffing experience to her role as Business Development Manager.

Sue has worked with premier northwest clients as a staffing partner and loves creative solutions. Sue’s programs have been instrumental in helping companies reach seasonal hiring goals based on quality, productivity, and retention.

As an active participant in Industry and Community Associations, Sue is involved with Staffing Management Association, SHRM, Customer Service and Support Professionals, Northwest Recruiter Association, and Staffing Association of WA.

Sue is passionate about people, and she’s a dedicated gardener who can’t get enough of the great outdoors.

Lora Kelly

Director of Recruiting

Lora Kelly

Lora Kelly celebrates over 18 years as the Director of Recruitment at West Sound Workforce. She plays Spock to Julie Tappero’s Captain Kirk.

Lora is a veteran recruiter with 24 years in the industry. She believes jobs build self-esteem and community, and connecting people with jobs is her mission on this planet!

Behind the scenes she is an avid horse woman. She loves driving her big Ford truck around with lots of dogs in the back seat.

Diana Bertram

Recruiter

Diana Bertram

Diana has been recruiting her entire life, first as a business owner for 20 years, and then in the staffing industry for almost as long. She has seen it, heard it, and done it all!

She has a sixth sense for who fits where, so if she tells you she’s found the perfect person for your job, do a happy dance, because she knows what she’s talking about!

Crystal Nixon

Recruiter

Crystal Nixon, West Sound Workforce Recruiter

Crystal Nixon is a Kitsap County native who graduated from South Kitsap High School in 2002 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Human Resources Management.

She found herself drawn to HR, because of the satisfaction she feels every time she perfectly matches a company’s needs with a job seeker’s desires and career goals. She has a high energy, dynamic personality and loves a challenge (and challenging personalities!).

Like everyone at West Sound Workforce, Crystal can find humor in just about anything. “I have high expectations for performance and professionalism — however, you’ve got to know when to drop it all and take a cartwheel break.”

 

Lynnea Tweed

Senior Recruiter

Lynnea Tweed

Lynnea is the best dancer at West Sound Workforce. When she isn’t beating all her coworkers in dance-offs, she is a passionate Senior Recruiter who’s been in HR for over 15 years. She loves that her job is to put people to work in her local community.

Lynnea is involved with several Chambers of Commerce, serves as a committee chair for the South Kitsap Relay for Life, and volunteers for The Admiral Theatre Foundation.