SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Announces Newest Member of the National Board of Directors

Kendell Poole - K Poole

Strategic Relations

(Marlborough, Mass.) - As SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) celebrates their milestone 35th anniversary, the organization is proud to announce Kendell Poole as the newest member of the national board of directors. The addition of Mr. Poole brings valuable perspective and expertise to the board and enriches SADD's commitment to fighting the #1 killer of teens; motor vehicle crashes. Now principle of K Poole Strategic Relations, Kendell has built an amazing 27 year career in both the public and private sectors based on his strong character and reputation. Serving as the longest serving Director in the history of the Governor's Highway Safety Office in Tennessee (2005-2016), he has received numerous awards for his leadership while serving under two Governors who spanned both sides of the political aisle. Mr. Poole has been a member of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Executive Board since 2006. He served five years as a regional representative and one year as Chair of the Association Member Services Committee. He also served as the Association's liaison in implementing a new law enforcement program known as DDACTS. Poole was elected Chair at the Association's Annual Meeting in 2012 and re-elected in 2013 and 2014. He now serves as Immediate Past Chair.

He is a native Nashvillian with a long history of public service, as well as significant experience in the private sector. He is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville with degrees in Communications and Human Relations as well as Business Administration. 

Poole began his career in the nonprofit sector with the PENCIL Foundation, working with businesses and corporations in the Nashville community and partnering them with public schools in an effort to increase community involvement in education. From 1990 through 1998 he served as Executive Assistant and Field Director to former 5th District U.S. Congressman Bob Clement in Nashville and Washington D.C. From 2000 until his appointment by Governor Bredesen he served as a consultant and marketing expert for a number of companies in the Nashville area that are regulated by government entities, as well as consulting on a number of political campaigns. 

"We enthusiastically welcome Kendell to the board. His experience and leadership will play a pivotal role in preparing SADD to continue the successes of the past thirty-five years," said Dawn M. Teixeira, national president and CEO of SADD. "This addition to the board will help SADD capitalize on the significant strengths and opportunities available as we build for the future," said Dawn M. Teixeira, national president and CEO of SADD.

According to SADD's strategic directive, the national organization creates, equips and sustains a network of thousands of chapters across the country, empowering young people to save lives in their neighborhoods and across the nation through peer-led programming and the support of an inclusive peer community. SADD fosters a sense of belonging and promotes resiliency, leadership and advocacy skills so that young people make positive life choices. 


For 34 years, SADD, Inc., headquartered in Marlborough, Mass., has been committed to empowering young people to successfully navigate the risks and pressures of everyday life. Founded as Students Against Driving Drunk in 1981, SADD has become the nation's leading peer-to-peer youth health and safety organization, with thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges focusing on three key youth issue areas: Traffic Safety, Substance Abuse, & Personal Health & Safety.

An inclusive organization, SADD welcomes all youth seeking support for healthy and safe development. SADD promotes broad understanding of the risks facing youth and the importance of reinforcing protective factors. This is accomplished through scientifically-supported programs and practices and by sharing youth voices and youth perspectives on issues, laws and policies involving the education, culture, health, safety and treatment of youth.

Written By: dteixeira