Minneapolis, Minn. (Dec. 16, 2021) – Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a national nonprofit that believes every child in America deserves equal opportunity and access to a quality education, today announced the addition of four new board members for the class of 2022. Terry Reed, Al Cobb, Sarah Kydd, and Greg Works will join KINF’s National Board of Directors, collectively bringing a wealth of executive experience and expertise, as well as continuing to advance the focus on greater individual and industry diversity.
“We are excited for Terry, Al, Sarah, and Greg to join the KINF National Board of Directors,” said Corey Gordon, CEO of Kids In Need Foundation. “They are seasoned executives that bring with them an abundance of experience across many professional fields, in addition to their passion and personal connection to our focus on education and serving under-resourced teachers and students.”
“We are excited for Terry, Al, Sarah, and Greg to join the KINF National Board of Directors,” said Dawn Southgate, COO at Yoobi and KINF’s incoming 2022 Board Chair. “They are seasoned executives that bring with them considerable experience in financial services, human resources and employment law, technology, and operations, in addition to personal passion and connection for our mission focus on education and serving under-resourced teachers and students.”
Terry Reed, a U.S. Army veteran, is the SVP, People & Leadership Development at Comfort Systems USA, a leading building and service provider for mechanical, electrical and plumbing building systems. With over 25 years of experience in human resources, Terry has been at Comfort Systems for 10 months, following a two-year stint at Koch Chemical Technology Group where he was the Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to that he was with Georgia-Pacific for five years, after having worked at Buckeye Technologies for 17 years, advancing from plant manager to Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Terry earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Alabama.
Al Cobb spent 14 years at Fidelity Investments, retiring in June of 2021 as the Vice President, PI Branches Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to Fidelity he was at BMO Harris Bank for three years as a National Sales Manager, which was preceded by 17 years at Charles Schwab as a Regional Vice President. Al is now working as an Adjunct Professor at Southern New Hampshire University, sharing his knowledge and expertise with college students, with a focus on financial literacy. Al earned his B.A. at Mercer University, his M.B.A. at Kennesaw State University, and both his MSAT and M.S.Acy. from Florida Atlantic. He also earned a M.Sc. at the College of Financial Planning and has his EdD ABD in Organizational Change and Leadership from USC Rossier School of Education.
Sarah Kydd is the Chief Operating Officer of Trox, a global company that provides education technology solutions for schools and is committed to supporting equality in education. Since moving into the role of COO in November of 2018, Sarah leads strategic projects and operations for the global company and is based in Trox’s Canadian headquarters in Toronto. Nearly 11 years ago, Sarah started at Trox as a human resources manager before moving up to SVP of human resources and then chief administrative officer. She earned her undergraduate degree at Durham College and her Master’s of Business Administration at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Greg Works is a Sr. Services Sales Executive for the public sector business at Microsoft, with a background in IT Strategy, Professional Services, Management, and Software as a Service (SaaS). Passionate about leveraging technology to level the playing field for underserved students, Greg has been at Microsoft for over nine years, and prior to that he spent nearly 20 years working for Verizon and BearingPoint, working in the health care and public services sectors. Greg earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting at Howard University and his MBA in Marketing, Finance, and Organizational Behavior at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He also received a Certificate in Leadership and Strategy from The Wharton School Executive Education, University of Pennsylvania.
About Kids In Need Foundation
Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a nonprofit organization that believes every child in America deserves equal opportunity and access to a quality education, provides the support and tools needed for teachers to teach and learners to learn. By providing essential school supplies, distance learning resources, and other classroom items in high demand, KINF partners with teachers in underserved schools to ensure students are prepared to learn in the classroom. In 2020, through its programs and National Network of Resource Centers, comprised of more than 40 mission-driven organizations nationwide, KINF served an estimated 5 million students, 205,000 teachers, and provided over $70 million in product at no cost to schools or teachers. For more information, visit KINF.org, and join us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter: @KidsInNeed.