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!
Community Engagement Specialist
Bobbie Spry serves as the Community Engagement Specialist, a new statewide project coordinator role that was established to support and grow the work of our Regional Ambassadors. Bobbie’s focus is on providing training, technical assistance and resources for nine Regional Ambassador organizations. This project grows the footprint of WV KIDS COUNT and positions us to make a meaningful impact in the lives of children in large and small communities throughout the state. Bobbie’s love of people and ability to make connections will serve WV KIDS COUNT well this year and many years to come.
Regarding her education, Bobbie graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Science in communications and minor in English. Previously employed by West Virginia Radio Corporation, she oversaw day-to-day marketing and promotions for seven radio stations appealing to diverse audiences throughout the state. Prior to that, she worked at WV Executive Magazine and West Virginia State University. Note the trend, every employer has the words “West Virginia” in it. As an experienced event planner, organizer and communicator, Bobbie uses her expertise to build capacity for nonprofit organizations. From people to places, she is a true champion of West Virginia, its children and families. She uses her passion for helping others to provide countless hours of volunteer service for worthy causes. Bobbie loves to network, plan events, coach high intensity workouts and attend WVU football games. She resides in Charleston with her family.
Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager
Kasidi Legg serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager. Her attention to detail, creative perspective and results-oriented process contributes to her ability to oversee these programs. Kasidi graduated from Marshall University with a degree in Marketing. While attending Marshall, she served as Vice President of her sorority and completed three marketing internships. A native of Charleston, Kasidi is passionate about the growth in opportunity within the city. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, spending time with family and friends, and all things pop-culture.