Board of Directors
Charles Johnson is the Board Chairman of Developing K.I.D.S. Charles has an exceptional ability to drive customer engagement; build strategic partnerships while successfully managing competing priorities in high stress environments. Charles has been engaged with Developing K.I.D.S. as a volunteer since 2009, moving to the advisory board, board of directors and then in officer positions. He has twenty (20+) years of account management professional experience with a proven track record in operations management, business development, and project management.
Brandon Lee, Vice Chairman – United Way for Southeastern Michigan
Brandon Lee serves as the Vice-Chairman of our Board and has been a long-time supporter of Developing K.I.D.S. Brandon has over 10 years of experience in the non-profit field, including founding a non-profit dedicated to improving acceptance and matriculation in higher education for youth in Detroit. He has held several roles in his career at United Way for Southeastern Michigan and is currently the Vice-President of Strategy and Transformation. Brandon is a graduate of Oakland University and, in 2019, was awarded the 10 in 10 Distinguished Alumni award.
Patrice Williams, RN, Secretary – Plymouth-Canton Community Schools & Ascension Novi Hospital
Patrice Williams is the Board Secretary of Developing K.I.D.S. She grew up in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Cass Technical High School. Patrice’s special connection to the organization comes as a parent. Her children, Lauren and Jalen, previously attended Developing K.I.D.S. Patrice attended Grand Valley State where she joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. Patrice earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University. She attended Wayne State and earned her Bachelor of Science degree to become an Registered Nurse. She now works as a school nurse for Plymouth Canton Community Schools and continues her hospital work with Ascension’s Providence Park Hospital in Novi, MI.
Lauren Hawkins, C.P.A., Treasurer – The Skillman Foundation
Lauren Hawkins is the Treasurer of Developing K.I.D.S. and joined the Board in late 2019. Lauren was born in Detroit and moved to the northern Michigan town of Roscommon during grade school. She obtained her bachelor’s degree with a dual major in accounting and management from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. In March 2016, she began working for The Skillman Foundation as their Controller after working as an auditor for 10 years at Plante Moran. Lauren is married to Jack (Noel) Hawkins and is the mother of two boys, Jack and Evan.
Lynn Hairston, Director – Detroit Area Agency on Aging-1B
Lynn Hairston has served on the Board of Developing K.I.D.S. since its founding in 2006. Throughout this time, he has served a few terms as Board Secretary. He is a proud resident of Detroit and has been a resident all of his life. Lynn is a Detroit Public School graduate. He later attended college at the University of Phoenix and then received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Capella University. He works in Administration at Detroit Area Agency on Aging-1A. Lynn draws on his past experiences as an at-risk youth to fuel his service in the community. He is an advocate for at-risk youth and the LGBTQ community.
Kimberly Johnson, President & CEO – Developing K.I.D.S.
Kimberly is well-known by her former name, Kim Newberry. She is the Founder of Developing KIDS. 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 to create Developing K.I.D.S. Her daughters labored with her to create the foundation of a high-quality organization that would serve youth and families in the community they lived in.
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 of Charles Johnson and mother La Tressa, Serena and Jamal, II.
Jamal L. Norman, Director – JPMorgan Chase Bank
Jamal Norman joined the Developing K.I.D.S. board in January 2022 because he is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and young adults in the inner city, specifically through financial literacy and education. Jamal Norman was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Bowling Green State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Finance. During his more than 10-year career with Chase Bank, Jamal has held several positions, including Personal Banker, Relationship Banker, Private Client Banker. He currently holds the role as a Business Relationship Manager, where he handles the banking relationships of small businesses and non-profit organizations based in the Metro-Detroit area. Jamal is married to his wife Jennifer, and they have one son.
Karlynne Tucker Scaggs Director – Hope Network of Michigan, Inc.
Karlynne Scaggs is our Board Director. She has volunteered for events with Developing K.I.D.S. and offered support for the past few years. Karlynne came out of semi-retirement to work with Hope Network of Michigan, Inc., as a Senior Project Manager, a part of a team that develops and operates Assisted Housing Programs and Facilities throughout Michigan. Her professional journey of over 35 years in Multi-Family Affordable Housing and Property Management has been predominantly in Southeastern Michigan, with recent past two years in multi-State Property Management Operations for a national Non-Profit Organization. Her work in affordable housing programs has provided for thousands of families, senior citizens, and veterans with low incomes, or special needs, to live in quality affordable apartment communities with government rental assistance.
Punita Dani-Thurman – The Skillman Foundation
Honorary Board Member
Tiané Brown (1979-2013) 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 at risk 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. 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 www.forthekidsfoundation.org or call 888-987-KIDS (5437). Please be sure to indicate the contribution is for Tiané A