Kimberly Johnson, Founder, President & CEO

Kimberly is well-known by her former name, Kim Newberry.  Having grown up in the city of Detroit, Mrs. Johnson knows first-hand of the struggles that youth face living in the inner-city.  She is a Detroit Public School graduate.  Her drive to begin and build a community-based organization to address the needs of youth 5-18 enrolled in struggling schools and economically challenged communities grew out of her own experiences teaching in Detroit Public Schools and as a non-profit Director in southwest Detroit.  In 2005, she received a vision and in the midst of recovery from a life-threatening tragedy; she began to turn the vision into reality with her children laboring alongside her.

Developing K.I.D.S., is an organization that serves over 600 youth year round through afterschool and summer programs.  She also serves in a consultant capacity with the Youth Development Resource Center as their Senior Network Advisor.  She previously served as the Director of the Youth Development Initiative (YDI) serving four of six neighborhoods (150+ youth-serving organizations) under the Detroit Youth Development Alliance. Additionally, Kim held both the role of YDI Director and Chief Administrator of the Don Bosco Hall Community Resource Center.  The roles ran concurrently from 2012-2017.  She serves on advisory boards of a few organizations and is the current Youth Department Director of her church, Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church.  She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  She holds a B.A. from Central State University in English/Pre-law, a graduate certificate from Central Michigan University, and has studied at WSU School of Education and UDM School of Law.  She is a wife and mother of 2 young adults and a teenage son.

Board of Directors

  • Charles Johnson, Chair 
    • Kelly Services, Inc.-World Headquarters
  • Patrice Williams, RN, Secretary
    • Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
  • Lauren Hawkins, C.P.A.
    • The Skillman Foundation
  • Lynn Hairston, A.A.
    • Detroit Area Agency on Aging
  • Ashley Johnson, PhD
    • Detroit College Access Network
  • Kimberly Johnson
    • Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Developing K.I.D.S.
  • Brandon Lee
    • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Charles Jackson, III, M.B.A., Chair Emeritus  

Advisory Board

  • Jurnell Cockhren   Sophicware, LLC
  • Punita Dani-Thurman   The Skillman Foundation

Honorary Board Member

Tiané Brown


Chair Emeritus of Developing K.I.D.S.

The Developing K.I.D.S. family is deeply saddened at the passing of one of our own, Tiané Brown. Tiané had a passion for building a better world for children in Detroit. She knew first-hand the challenges youth faced, but understood that each child had the potential and promise to be successful in life. Her desire to bring forth this potential and promise led her to a childhood neighbor, Kimberly Newberry. Kimberly Newberry had founded Developing K.I.D.S. and was looking for motivated individuals like Tiané who had a heart for young people. The rest is history! Tiané dutifully served the organization and served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the past two years.

We celebrate the remarkable woman she was and the lives that she touched. She held two things dear to her heart- her family and the betterment of children. She balanced 3 daughters, law school, and work, as well as her duties as Chair of the Board. Tiané advocated for better opportunities and communities for young people to thrive and the impact she had on children gives us joy and hope for the future.

Tiané leaves behind three daughters, loving parents, a brother, sister, aunts and a host of family and friends. If you would like to offer support for the family, Yatooma’s Foundation For the Kids has established a fund for the family and all donations will directly benefit them. You can donate through their website which is found at or call 888-987-KIDS (5437). Please be sure to indicate the contribution is for Tiané A