Alison Kling

Executive Director


Alison Kling started in the role as Executive Director in January of 2021 after serving as Development Director of Free 2 Teach from 2017-2020, alongside the organization’s late co-founder and Executive Director, Eula Battle. Alison is passionate about carrying on the vision and mission of Eula alongside the volunteers, board and staff of Free 2 Teach. You can read more about the leadership transition here. Alison worked for four years as an elementary school teacher in New York City Public Schools with Teach for America. In addition to her undergraduate work, she holds a Master’s in Education (M.S.) from Hunter College and a Master’s of Divinity (M.Div.) from Princeton Theological Seminary as well as a certificate in Forced Migration Studies from Oxford University. She has served on the boards of several non-profits and has served on staff at a number of churches, most recently Covenant Presbyterian in Huntsville. She lives in Huntsville with her husband, David, and her two boys, George and Teddy.

Beth Vest

Director of Operations and Grants


Beth Vest has been with Free 2 Teach for the past four years and enjoys serving the children and teachers of Madison County. A native of Huntsville, Beth studied at Auburn University, earning a Bachelors of Science in Organization Management. After a 16 year career in the banking industry, Beth directed Covenant Weekday Preschool for 17 years. Beth loves being involved in the Huntsville community. In addition to her role supporting so many aspects of the operations and funding structure of Free 2 Teach, she is involved in her church as well as an officer in her college sorority’s local alumnae association and an active member of the Grace Club. Beth lives in Huntsville with her husband Phillip.

Jennifer Cummings

Store Manager and Volunteer Coordinator


Jennifer Cummings has worked with Free 2 Teach since 2015 and supports all of our volunteers, manages and organizes our warehouse and runs all teacher shopping. Jennifer has worked previously in graphic design and enjoys giving back to the community in her work at Free 2 Teach. Jennifer attended the University of Southern Mississippi to study art and finished her bachelors degree at Athens State University. Jennifer loves to bring her creative energy to all aspects of the store. If you are interested in volunteering with Jennifer and her team, click here. Jennifer has lived in the Huntsville area for over 20 years with her two dogs and her husband Paul. She enjoys golfing, kayaking and gardening.