Kerri Gray has served on the board since 1997. She was born and raised in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. She graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in counseling from Northern Illinois University.
She started her career as a Clinic Director/Therapist for the Minirith Meier New Life Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kerri moved to Kansas City in 1997 and began her work with ReDiscover as Community Coordinator for D.A.R.E., currently known as Lee’s Summit CARES. During her time as Community Coordinator, she helped the board transition it’s identity to Lee’s Summit CARES and worked with board members to develop a mission, vision and strategic plan consistent with community needs. As part of this process she led the task force to develop and administer a community-wide survey to determine beliefs and ideas on how best to prevent and combat substance abuse.
In 2000, Kerri transitioned her role to provide training and educational resources for parents and students. To date she has facilitated parenting programs to over 1,700 parents, served as chair for Parent University, and has facilitated the, You can Make a Difference bullying prevention program to over 1,500 students. Kerri and her husband Phil reside in Lee’s Summit with their four daughters. They are active volunteers through their church, PTA, and children’s many activities.