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 husband Alex and her daughter Alexandra. 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!
Tamerra has served in the role of Associate Director since 2016. With a BA in Industrial Organizational Psychology and experience in child advocacy, along with project management, she uses her skills to strengthen KIDS COUNT’s mission with every task she completes. Before coming to WV KIDS COUNT, Tamerra worked for the WV Supreme Court where she provided staff support for the Children’s Court Improvement Board. Working with judges, CPS workers, social workers, probation officers and more allowed her to understand the impact that trauma has on children. This reinforced her desire to serve in a role where she can make life better for children in need. She has a gift of connecting with others and her positive attitude is contagious. She makes doing the work of KIDS COUNT enjoyable and meaningful. She cares about kids, families and her community. Whether she is preparing for a board meeting, working with our accountant, distributing press releases or managing an event, she does it all with a smile because she knows what she does matters. What a privilege it is to work to ensure every kid in West Virginia counts!
Dr. Lindsay Allen, PhD
Dr. Lindsay Allen is the Data Analyst for West Virginia KIDS COUNT. She is also a health economist, health services researcher and assistant professor in Health Policy, Management and Leadership Department at West Virginia University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Allen received her PhD in health economics and health services research from Emory University. She received her BA from the Johns Hopkins University, and her MA from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Tammy Collins Ph.D., IC&RC
Tammy L. Collins, Ph.D., IC&RC certified prevention specialist and Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant, has more than 23 years of experience in translating research into practice and policy in the fields of substance use disorders, mental health, justice and education including early childhood education. Her doctorate of philosophy in human development and family science with a cognate area of adolescent behavioral health risk and protective factors was earned from The Ohio State University. She holds a Master of Arts in counseling and Bachelor of Arts in journalism/public relations from Marshall University.
Dr. Collins has led administrative and applied research teams at Ohio and WV state agencies including being Deputy Director at the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Senior Research Analyst at the WV Supreme Court of Appeals and Policy and Planning Coordinator at WV Division of Criminal Justice Services; as well as leading research and evaluation teams at The Ohio State University and Marshall University.
Dr. Collins has served as a subject matter expert for national projects including IC&RC prevention credentialing, SAMHSA CSAP’s Expert Panel on Aligning Prevention and Healthcare, and she also serves as a consultant for state and local prevention programming, youth and community development and applied research. She currently conducts applied research for Marshall University Center of Excellence for Recovery and is the Family Scientist for WV KIDS COUNT.