The EOD Warrior Foundation Staff consists of passionate individuals who are committed to serving the EOD Community. These individuals have been hand selected for their embodiment of the Foundation’s Core Values: dedication, integrity, compassion, and respect.
Nicole Motsek, Executive Director
Nicole Motsek began with the EOD Memorial Foundation in 2012 and was asked to continue on with the EOD Warrior Foundation after the March 1, 2013 merger. She comes to the Foundation’s helm having achieved great successes as a business development manager in the transportation and logistics industry. She has also supported the continued success of nonprofit organizations like the Junior League of Atlanta, the Anti-Prejudice Consortium, and the YMCA, serving as a key member of numerous boards and committees throughout her career. She is no stranger to the EOD community. Having supported her husband during his years in Army EOD, she was a part of our family long before serving in the capacity she does today. Nicole earned her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and holds a master’s degree in business administration from American InterContinental University.
Ashlee Steinhart, Hope and Wellness Coordinator
After graduating with a degree in business and political science, Ashlee felt the calling to serve in a position to help others. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in education and Master of Arts in teaching while traveling the country with her husband, an Army EOD tech, and her 3 children. While teaching, she felt she could serve on a larger scale and began looking into working in the non-profit sector. This brought Ashlee to the EOD Warrior Foundation in January 2022. Ashlee is very excited to support her EOD community as the Hope and Wellness Coordinator.
Melissa Tackitt, Director of Memorial Care & Events
After graduating from high school in the small farm town of Ithaca, Michigan, Melissa left for an adventure in the U.S. Navy that would span 22 years. Her initial job and duty as a Torpedomen’s Mate stationed at Cubi Point, Philippines led to her first interaction with EOD Technicians. In 1993, she graduated from NDSTC as a 2C Deep Sea Diver. Her EOD career began in 1998 and she retired as an EODC Master Technician in 2009. After retirement she attended Flager College in St. Augustine, Fla., graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Management in April 2013. Melissa joined the EODWF team in July 2013 as the EOD Memorial Care and Events Coordinator located near NAVSCOLEOD and was pleased to be reunited with her EOD brothers and sisters. Melissa takes great pride in being responsible for the care of the Memorial Wall and looks forward to her continued service to the EOD family; honoring our fallen and celebrating our friends, family, and those we cherish.
Patricia Adelmann, Development Officer
Patricia joins the EOD Warrior Foundation as the Development Officer, and looks forward to raising awareness for the Foundation’s programs in the corporate and private sectors and increasing the support for the families of the EOD community. She comes to the position after achieving great success in managing and growing 3 separate annual funds at a professional engineering association (ASHRAE) and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, where she oversaw community development programs and grants. She has also supported the continued success of several writing and creative arts nonprofits, serving as a member of their boards and sub-committees throughout her career. New to the EOD community, she does have a long family history of serving in active service, including her father, uncles, and grandmother. Patricia earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University, holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Walden University, and earned her CFRE designation, denoting an excellence in all areas of fundraising, in 2010.
Jaclyn Diep, Accountant
Jaclyn Diep joins the EOD Warrior Foundation as the Accountant starting January 2020. She looks forward to assisting the EOD Warrior Foundation in fulfilling its vision and mission. Having emigrated from Vietnam, she grew up in Mobile, Alabama before moving to her current residence in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Jaclyn earned her accounting degree from the University of South Alabama. She joins the EODWF with 24 years of experience in financial management. During her career, she advanced from being an Accountant to Chief Financial Officer to Assistant GM for a local management company. Though she is new to the EOD Community, she has family in active military service with a nephew in the Army and a son recently enlisted in the Air Force. Jaclyn has always had a passion to help others, so she is excited to give back to the country that gave her the opportunity to be where she is today and to be a part of a non-profit organization that makes a difference for the EOD community. She is honored to join the EOD Warrior Foundation team and looks forward to many rewarding years ahead.
Sweethelda Castro, Office Administrator
Sweethelda is a military spouse and hold a master’s degree in Business Administration. She has worked in the past as a contractor for different organizations supporting the military in administrative capacities. She migrated from the Philippines at a very young age and grew up in southern California where she started a career in mental health services for the gravely disabled, ultimately becoming a Deputy Public Guardian and Public Conservator/Administrator for Sacramento County. She then moved on to grow a successful business in the mortgage and banking industry. She wanted to pursue her passion of travel and flying so she started her training to become a pilot where she met her husband, a Navy Diver Med Tech Independent Duty Corpsman. While travelling to different duty stations with her husband, she gained experiences working at the Navy Fleet & Family support Services and the base Personnel Support Detachment office. She comes to the foundation to offer her diverse skills and shared experiences as a military spouse of 14 years which will benefit the EOD Warrior Foundation towards their mission and vision.
Maria Schabla, Financial Assistance and Resources Coordinator
Maria grew up in the military and is the daughter of an Air Force EOD veteran. She served 6 years in the USAFR as a personnelist at Duke Field and was activated in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Public Relations from the University of West Florida, and following her desire to help people she joined the US Peace Corps and served as a Health and Community Development Worker in a remote chain of coral atolls that make up the Republic of Kiribati. Maria became a nurse in 2009 and most recently joins us from White Wilson Medical Center where she worked for 8 years as a nurse and clinic supervisor. She is excited to use her experience and skills to serve the EOD community and their families.