Tricia C. Kingery, M.A., M.B.A.
Tricia has served in the role of Executive Director since 2016. With a BA in psychology and MA in counseling from Marshall University, and MBA from West Virginia University, Tricia understands the human and business aspects of operating a nonprofit. Her experience in child advocacy, nonprofit management and marketing, have provided her a unique skill set that advances KIDS COUNT’s mission every day. Early on in her career, she was a child and family therapist at an inpatient behavioral health hospital and then Program Director of Child and Family Outpatient Services at West Virginia’s largest behavioral healthcare center. This work led her into the field of advocacy and ultimately marketing and public relations. After working in the corporate world at the national level for 10 years, Tricia returned to do the work she loves most – building capacity for mission-driven nonprofits. There she found herself working as a nonprofit consultant providing planning, training and marketing services.
When KIDS COUNT came calling, she found herself at home. A career goal of managing a statewide nonprofit that advocates on behalf of children was a milestone she did not take for granted. Every day a new challenge is confronted with passion and a focus on doing what’s best for West Virginia’s kids. Whether she is producing a Data Book, authoring an Issue Brief, hosting a Press Conference, meeting with elected officials, volunteering for child-serving organizations, Tricia believes it is an honor to serve in a role that truly makes a difference. In particular, her role at KIDS COUNT “allows her to champion our vision of ‘Making West Virginia a great place to be a kid, for all kids’. In addition to KIDS COUNT, Tricia continues to provide consulting services for nonprofit organizations. She lives in Charleston, West Virginia with her daughter Alexandra and their little dog, Hope. She enjoys motivational speaking, collecting children’s books, volunteering for community organizations, and traveling. Her life motto is: ‘Climb the Mountain. See the View.” ….and oh, what a view it is!