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Our Staff


Steve Jacobs

Executive Director/CEO

Steve started at New Leaf in 1998 cleaning the meat room at the commissary. At New Leaf, he has worked as custodian, shelf stocker, lead worker, order writer, stocking supervisor, custodial supervisor project manager, and Field Manager. Steve is now the Executive Director / CEO and has enjoyed working his way up through the ranks.

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Michelle Leach

Director of HR/Vocational Services

Michelle came to New Leaf in 2020 after working as a Site Manager.  She is excited to start her new career with New Leaf where she can help others live their best life.  When not working, she likes spending time with her boyfriend, family and their two dogs and enjoying what life has to offer.

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Chelsea Johnson

HR Specialist

Chelsea is a Whidbey Island native who joined the New Leaf team in 2017. She enjoys Human Resources because she enjoys people. She believes every day is a chance to create meaningful and lasting relationships, learn new things and solve complex problems that can impact the lives of our employees. She takes these opportunities to advocate for the employees and help them advocate for themselves. 

In her free time, she enjoys hiking and spending time with her husband and two boys. 


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Michael Harris

Finance & IT Specialist

Michael joined New Leaf after returning to Washington from an 11 year stay in Hawaii where he held positions as the CFO, COO & CIO at Hawaii Medical College and the Budget Officer at the VA. He is excited to be part of the New Leaf team and is thrilled to be able to contribute to further the company’s growth and mission.  

In his free time Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children, taking trips to explore new places, and furthering his education through lifelong learning.

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Scott Taylor

Maintenance Specialist

Scott joined us in October 2021. Scott is enthusiastic to be a part of the New Leaf team and apply his mechanical skills to the wide variety of tasks that come up.


He enjoys spending time with his family, tinkering around in his shop, and walking his dogs.


Loren (Mo) Morrison

Quality Control & Safety Manager

Mo has been with New Leaf for over 15 years as Quality Control Manager, Janitorial Project Manager and Safety Manager. He assists with maintenance of grounds equipment and janitorial equipment repairs. Mo strives to keep employees safe and provide safe working environments.

He also enjoys small appliance repair and working on his apple orchard.


Lindsey Westman

Galley Project Manager

Lindsey came to New Leaf after working as the Store Manager at Jack in the Box. She grew up on Whidbey Island and began working at New Leaf in 2017 as the Project Manager of the Admiral Nimitz Hall Galley. Lindsey looks forward to spending many years working for New Leaf with her amazing team in the Galley, who she is thrilled to work with each day.

She recently married and bought a house, and she enjoys spending time working in her yard and flower beds.

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Adam Troyer

Quality Control & Safety Assistant

Adam is the Quality Control and Safety Assistant for New Leaf. In his free time Adam enjoys farming, gardening, camping, and spending time with his family. 


Wendy Aston

Janitorial Night Supervisor, CDC

Wendy is the Supervisor of the Child Development Center janitorial crew. 

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Dave Jacobsen

Janitorial Night Supervisor

Dave is the Janitorial Night Supervisor

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Joseph Pogacsas

Floor Care Night Supervisor

Joseph is the supervisor of the night Floor Care crew.


Glenn Kincaid

Director of Operations

Glenn has been with New Leaf since 1989. Originally a commissary shelf stocker and then a grounds maintenance worker, Glenn worked his way up to supervisor and then was asked to use his on-the-ground experience to assist with New Leaf contracts and to help New Leaf grow as a provider of grounds, janitorial, commissary, and galley services. Glenn became the Director of Operations in 2015 and oversees contracts, equipment, and services for all New Leaf crews.


Brent Bowden

HR/Vocational Services Specialist

A North Carolina native, Brent moved to Whidbey Island in 2015. He retired from the Navy in 2021 after 18 years in the service and joined New Leaf in early 2022. He's very excited to join New Leaf and be a member of the team.

In his free time Brent enjoys spending time with his family and taking his children skating.


Cathy George

Director of Finance

Cathy has been with New Leaf as the Finance Manager since 2017. She is very pleased to be working for such an outstanding  non-profit organization.

Being a long time resident of Oak Harbor, Cathy is very involved with volunteer work in the Community.

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Melissa Nuanez

Payroll & Benefits Manager

Melissa came to New Leaf in 2019 after her previous employer NAS Whidbey Island PSD closed its doors. She is a 14 year Navy vet, a military spouse and originally from Oklahoma. She loves to travel to visit family with her 4 children and loves to watch sports, especially football.


Melissa says the desire her coworkers have to help the employees excel is what makes it so exciting to be a part of this New Leaf team. 


Nancy Lawson


Nancy moved from California to Oak Harbor in 2016 and joined New Leaf in 2019. Working at New Leaf has given her a great appreciation for people with disabilities and she looks forward to being a part of New Leaf's journey to provide the best opportunities for its employees.


Nancy enjoys travelling, camping, and going for walks with her husband and Gigi.


Ryan Brooke

Documentation Manager

Ryan joined New Leaf in 2020 after many years as a teacher and curriculum developer. He is proud to work for an organization that provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities. 

In his free time Ryan enjoys spending time with his family.   


Mona Laverdure

Janitorial Project Manager

Mona came to New Leaf after working for Peak Manufacturing building commercial cabinets and fixtures for grocery stores around Washington. She has been with New Leaf for almost 20 years where she manages one of our largest crews, the Janitorial department, which consists of day and night crews. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time on the Oregon Coast with her family.

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Mitch Mitchell

Janitorial Day Supervisor

Mitch is the Janitorial Day Supervisor


Blake Schulle

Grounds Maintenance Project Manager

Blake is the Grounds Maintenance Project Manager.

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John Trindle

Commissary Supervisor - Whidbey Island

John is the supervisor at the Whidbey Island commissary.

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