Iskedar is Regional Director, directly overseeing career services in WOU’s Montgomery, Baltimore, and Annapolis markets. She plans and directs the activities of her team in carrying out their functions of developing referrals from a variety of sources, developing placement sites, and ensuring delivery of quality services to all customers.
Prior to joining WOU, Iskedar held positions at a non-profit organization that focuses on children’s advocacy, legislative reform, and access/visitation services and at an organization that fosters academic and career development through technology skills training for youth and adults in the community. Iskedar joined WOU in 2010 as a Career Resource Specialist, was promoted to Team Lead in 2011, then to Director in 2013, and finally into her current role as Regional Director in 2016.
Iskedar graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Family Science and is certified in behavioral principles and strategies, autistic spectrum disorders, and CPR/first aid. In addition, she is a Certified Employment Support Specialist. Outside of WOU, Iskedar feeds her love of travel with adventures around the globe, including her favorite destinations of Egypt, Maldives, and Spain. When at home, she enjoys cooking, entertaining, and completing DIY projects around her house.
As Regional Director, Darlene oversees Work Opportunities’ for Keene, NH and the MA markets of Fitchburg and Springfield. She was promoted into this role in February 2018 from her position as Director, where she oversaw the implementation of services with Department of Developmental Services, Department of Children and Families, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and Department of Youth Services.
A graduate of Fitchburg State College with a degree in elementary education and psychology, Darlene was drawn to Work Opportunities after recognizing that the organization’s mission and core values closely aligned with her desire to work with youth and help make a difference in people’s lives.
Darlene participates in the steering committee for the Central MA Employment Collaborative and is a part of the Shrewsbury High School Interagency Team. She spends her remaining free time with her family, traveling, and attending her son’s sporting events.
Bill is Regional Director, responsible for directing the Braintree Team and overseeing the Taunton’s Team Director. He is tasked with developing and achieving strategic planning goals and expectations through each fiscal year, supporting the team members with training and on-the-job support, and directing services for local school districts, Vocational Rehabilitation, Supported Employment, and Department of Children and Families.
Prior to joining WOU, Bill spent nearly a decade as Shift Supervisor at a regional grocery store where he had the opportunity to work with individuals with different backgrounds and abilities, which led to his desire to work in the human services field. He joined WOU in 2009 as a Career Resource Specialist and was quickly promoted to Team Lead, and again promoted in 2011 to South Shore Director. With the growing demand of WOU’s services in the area, the South Shore divided into two teams, Braintree and Taunton, at which time Bill was promoted into his current position.
Bill received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Bridgewater State Unviersity and attended Connecticut School of Broadcasting. He is an avid Boston sports fan, and at one point worked in video production for live professional wrestling events.
In Elena’s role as Regional Director of WOU, she oversees the operations of the Boston and North Shore offices. She is responsible for ensuring both offices continue to provide clients with service that meets or exceeds WOU’s high standards when helping them find meaningful employment.
Elena has worked in human services/business management for 14 years and volunteered for a number of organizations including Habitat for Humanity in Rach Gia, Vietnam, Zambia, Africa and Los Angeles, CA; Food on Foot in Los Angeles; D.A.R.E. leadership camps; and lifeguarding for those with special needs. In search of a fulfilling and meaningful career, she joined WOU in 2009 as a Career Resource Specialist, was promoted to Director-in-Training in January of 2010, and became a Director of the Boston office one year later. In May of 2018, Elena was promoted to her current role of Regional Director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and is currently working towards her master’s degree in management through the Harvard University Extension School.
While her career and school work keep her quite busy, Elena devotes her remaining free time to her family.