Board of Directors
Charles Johnson, Chairman – Kelly, World Headquarters
Charles Johnson is the Board Chairman of Developing KIDS. He has twenty (20+) years of account management professional experience with a proven track record in operations management, business development, and project management. Charles has an exceptional ability to drive customer engagement; build strategic partnerships while successfully managing competing priorities in high stress environments. He has implemented financially sound business solutions across internal Kelly vertical industries.
Currently, Charles is engaged as a Director of Strategic Accounts for Professional & Industrial business unit Kelly. He has held various roles in the corporate service organization for the past 20 years. Additionally, he spent 7 years in field operations where he was responsible for leading local operations, thus enhancing overall service delivery to Kelly’s portfolio of clients as well as talent.
Charles has been engaged with Developing KIDS as a volunteer since 2009, moving to the advisory board, board of directors and then in officer positions.
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 KIDS. 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 KIDS. She grew up in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Cass Technical High School. After graduating, she attended Grand Valley State University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Finance. At Grand Valley State, Patrice joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She went on to work for Chrysler Automotive Company. While working there, she earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University.
Patrice’s special connection to the organization comes as a parent. Her children, Lauren and Jalen, previously attended Developing KIDS. After having children, Patrice discovered her true calling. She went back to school, attending 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. Patrice’s hobbies include spending time with her family and friends. She is an avid coffee drinker who loves to travel and recently took a trip to Spain.
Lauren Hawkins, C.P.A., Treasurer – The Skillman Foundation
Lauren Hawkins is the Treasurer of Developing KIDS and joined the Board in late 2019. 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 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 d is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Lauren is married to Jack (Noel) Hawkins and is the mother of two boys, Jack and Evan.
Lynn Hairston – Detroit Area Agency on Aging-1B
Lynn Hairston has served on the Board of Developing KIDS 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. He loves pets. He enjoys dancing, information technology, networking dancing and travelling.
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.
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 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 www.forthekidsfoundation.org or call 888-987-KIDS (5437). Please be sure to indicate the contribution is for Tiané A