May 17, 2016

Our Team

Our Leadership


Executive Director


Laura Wood is the Executive Director of Kids In A New Groove, with over 10 years of child welfare experience. During her 6 years at Kids In A New Groove, she has helped the organization grow from serving 30 youth in foster care to its current reach of over 185. She not only carries an intimate understanding of the organization, youth in foster care, the music community, but she also has the experience and vision to lead KING to a brighter and more musical future.

Laura is a member of One Voice of Central Texas, Grant Professionals Association- Austin/Central Texas Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals- Austin Chapter and a founding member of Texas Women for Children.  She received her Bachelor’s and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degrees from Abilene Christian University. She enjoys hiking, going to live music concerts, and eating breakfast tacos every chance she gets.

Our Board


Nicole Watson

Chairman of the Board

Product Marketing Manager at

Tamsen Cohagan



Mark Porter


Advisor at Brinson Benefits

Elizabeth Rogers

Compliance Officer

Shareholder, Privacy & Data Security at Greenberg Traurig

Clint Strait

Vice President, Strait Music Company

Dana Keeven

Senior Contract Divisions Manager, C3 Presents

Dorian Colbert

Instructor of Psychology at Huston-Tilloston University

Hector Beltran

Program Committee Chair

Systems Analyst, Managing and Reporting Statistics, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Jenna Reblin

Staff Attorney, Texas Juvenile Justice Department

Julie Fiore

Director of Audience Experience, Austin Opera

Founder and Producer, One Ounce Opera

Karyn Scott

Founder of Kids in a New Groove & Lifetime Board Member

Lowell Keig

Division Director for Texas Workforce Commission, Civil Rights Division

Mitch Flax

Fundraising Committee Chair

Managing Director, Emerging Markets at MassMutual Workplace Solutions

Misty Pennock

Marketing Committee Chair

Digital Sales Manager, Austin Monthly

Quinn Donahue

Owner, QD Presents