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 Gig Harbor. Prior to joining West Sound Workforce, 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.

Lora had worked in the staffing industry years ago as a recruiter. She enjoyed working with candidates 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!”

Lora Kelly

Director of Recruiting

Lora Kelly

Lora Kelly celebrates 19 years with West Sound Workforce. She is a veteran recruiter with 25 years spent in HR, Healthcare Recruiting and Staffing.  She believes jobs build self-esteem and community.

Her self-ascribed mission on this planet is as a match-maker; connecting great local people with great local companies for win-win relationships.  Behind the scenes, she is an avid horse rescuer.  Her favorite past time is driving her big Ford truck around with a bunch 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 is a proud 17 year veteran of West Sound Workforce!  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 is a Kitsap County native and South Kitsap High School graduate. Holding a Certified Staffing Professional certification through the American Staffing Association, she also has her Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Human Resources Management.

Crystal is a self proclaimed HR nerd and knowledge junkie. She found herself drawn to talent acquisition 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.”