Ms. Cook is currently volunteering to oversee the Foundation. Ms. Cook is a seasoned professional who has focused on “making a difference” in communities, companies, and families, through employer driven workforce and industry initiatives. Her 40 years’ experience in addressing manufacturing and industrial distribution industry issues has led to local, regional, national and international recognition. Her work has taken her across the US and internationally, special economic development/workforce projects included working with NASA; National Center for Tooling / University of Toledo; Cepacimex among many others. She possesses diverse skills that allow her to strategically lead and grow an organization. With both private and nonprofit experience, she has led successful start-up and turn around operations focusing on sustaining initiatives.
As a consultant, she has enjoyed working for both national and international organizations, serving on local, state and national boards and committees. She served as Executive Director to RICOWI (Roofing Industry Committee On Weather Issues, Inc.), an international think tank that focuses on extreme weather impact on buildings, from 2009-2019. Her time there led to expansion of industry and volunteer involvement. Her previous experience leading non-profits resulted in successful grant awards that received national recognition for excellence in results.
Since 1996, Ms. Cook has served as a Team Leader with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Serving as a Team Leader has given her the opportunity to not only review high school and college programs across the United States, but to share best practices with the programs, discuss concerns with employers, educators, government and students about various issues.
Ms. Cook will provide vision and leadership to the Foundation. Her past experience with nonprofits, profits, employers, community, education and government will assist with developing a broad base of support for the Foundation. Ms. Cook will keep the Foundation focused on its mission. Ms. Cook’s duties are listed in the Foundation Bylaws. Ms. Cook is a non-voting member of the board. She has agreed to abide by the Conflict of Interest policy.