When you meet KCCI’s Executive Director Betsy Couch, you will understand that she was born to lead. Her “don’t stop until you reach success” attitude propelled her as a well-respected professional. Betsy is an expert in community-building, placemaking and public relations with over twenty years’ experience, including Visit Florida, the Florida Chamber Foundation, The Governor’s Office, Moore Communications, Florida State University and as volunteer leader of numerous community service organizations.
At KCCI she inspires and advises on creating vibrant public places and experiences through projects that beautify, engage and connect all residents. Betsy believes that community success thrives on interesting, accessible areas that appeal all ages and backgrounds. Betsy is a coalition builder, public speaker and community advocate.
Betsy has earned a reputation as a unifying community leader, as evidenced by the fact that she has been featured on the cover of 850 Magazine, lauded by Tallahassee Woman Magazine as the “Generation X Community Leader,” and featured in Giggle Magazine as a “Power Parent.” In addition, she received the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Pacesetter Award, was recognized by 850 Magazine with the Pinnacle Award, was recognized by Tallahassee Community College as a Trailblazing Woman, was named by the Tallahassee Democrat as one of “25 Women You Need to Know,” and was recognized by the Junior League of Tallahassee as the “Leader of the Decade,” among other distinctions.
Through her personal endeavors, Betsy’s passion is improving the lives for children and families in the Tallahassee community, which she has done with her involvement in the Foundation for Leon County Schools, The Community Partnership School/Sabal Palm Elementary, Children’s Home Society, The Tallahassee Ballet, Refuge House, and many more. She is a state board member for Children’s Home Society. She is Past-President of The Junior League of Tallahassee, The Florida Public Relations Association Capital Chapter, and Children’s Home Society of the Big Bend. Betsy is a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 27.
Prior to working at KCCI, she volunteered her time as one of of KCCI’s Cultivate Cascades Community Catalysts, which created the nationally-recognized Discovery play area in Cascades Park. More recently, she helped advocate for the successful creation of Leon County’s first Community Partnership School.
She and her husband Cory met at the University of Florida and are the proud parents of Caroline and Tucker, two of Tallahassee’s younger volunteers.