Our Dedicated Team

Kimberly Johnson – Founder, President & CEO

kjohnson@developingkids.org or 1.888.294.6554, ext. 5

Having grown up in the city of Detroit, Mrs. Johnson knows first-hand of the struggles that youth face living in the inner-city. 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.

Tenecha (Toy) Bland – Deputy Director

tbland@developingkids.org or 1.888.294.6554, ext. 6

Toy serves as the Deputy Director for Developing KIDS. Toy, with 12 years of service, plays an instrumental role in the organization’s efforts to bring forth leaders of tomorrow. She is a skilled facilitator who enjoys coaching and training others in the field.

Jackee Brown – Executive Administrative Assistant

jbrown@developingkids.org or 1.888.294.6554, ext. 2

Jackee Brown has worked in the non-profit field for over 25 years in both administration and programming; primarily, operating in the community outreach and engagement field serving the Downriver/Tri-City area, and the Wayne-Westland communities. One of her passions is connecting individuals and organizations together who have a zeal for making a difference in the lives of others.

Jessica “JJ” Johnson  – Operations Manager

 jessica@developingkids.org or 1.88.294.6554, ext. 3

Jessica Johnson (also known as JJ) serves as the Operations Manager for Developing K.I.D.S. She is dedicated to using her skills and knowledge to bridge financial and inter-personal disparities within the inner city. JJ has been dedicated to developing others for over 20 years in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.  

Stefan Lee  – Youth Development Program Manager

 stefan@developingkids.org or 1.88.294.6554, ext. 1

Stefan serves as the Youth Development Program Manager. Stefan Lee has worked directly with youth to assist them with recognizing, and utilizing the greatness that they have within them for over 10 years. Stefan has a passion for working with youth who are deemed as “at-risk” due to their geographical location, economic status, or current academic status. Stefan strongly believes that no child is a “lost cause.” 

 

Destynee Nixon – Workforce Development & Special Projects Manager

dnixon@developingkids.org or 1.888.294.6554, ext. 7

Starting off as a youth participant, Destynee developed a passion to help inner city youth and families. She believes that she did not land in her position by mistake, as she enters her 7th year into this work. Destynee also developed an interest in crafting, event planning and graphic design.

Mahalieka Robinson – Site Coordinator

mahalieka@developingkids.org 

Mahalieka Robinson serves as the Site Coordinator for Developing K.I.D.S. She has great love and passion for youth and families. For 16 years she has worked directly with women and girls facilitating workshops, focus groups, and community events using life-changing character development, life skills, conflict resolution, and peer mediation mediums to help inspire and change the thinking and behavior of participants. She offers a combined 25 years of executive administrative, event, and project management experience and holds an Associate of Arts degree. She believes genuine love, care, and listening are some of the keys to building healthy relationships and strong families.

Kayla Taylor – Site Coordinator

kayla@developingkids.org 

Kayla currently serves as a Site Coordinator for Developing K.I.D.S. She has worked with at-risk youth 6+ years as a Youth Advocate & a CPS/Foster Care Case Worker prior to coming to DK. Kayla graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology.

Tyrone Bean – Media and Middle School Specialist

tyrone@developoingkids.org or 1.888.294.6554, ext. 8

Tyrone, Youth Services Coordinator of 3+ years, has been a part of providing first-class programming to ages 5-24 since 2018. Tyrone is a trained toastmasters speaker, curricula facilitator, Social and Emotional Learning facilitator (S.E.L.), and Youth Services, Coordinator.

Myles Bland – Youth Services Coordinator

myles@developingkids.org 

Myles Bland, known as “Uncle Muddy” to our DK participants, is a Youth Services Coordinator.  He has been involved in the program for 10+ years, first as a participant, and is now giving back by serving our youth. Myles currently attends Lane College and is majoring in Physical Education.  He is focusing on becoming a recreational therapist working closely with youth that have challenges.

Mya Bobo – Youth Services Coordinator

mya@developingkids.org

Mya serves as an Elementary Youth Services Coordinator with Developing K.I.D.S. She has a passion for mentoring youth and has previous experience working for leadership programs and day camps. Mya is committed to creating a fun, safe, and loving environment at DK. Currently, she attends Wayne State University studying mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics. 

Caitlin Bowden – Youth Services Coordinator

caitlin@developingkids.org  

 Caitlin is an alumna of Developing K.I.D.S and has been a part of DK’s growing family since 2015. She is dedicated to ensuring our participants are welcome, safe, and sharpening their minds. 

Percia Clayton – Youth Services Coordinator

percia@developingkids.org  

 Percia serves as a Youth Service Coordinator. She has 5+ years of experience with non-profit organizations with focus on youth development. She is actively pursuing a career in education to further her impact on Detroit’s youth.

Precious Clayton – High School Youth Services Coordinator

precious@developingkids.org or 1.888.294.6554, ext. 12

Precious joined the team as a High School Youth services coordinator; she attended Wayne State University with a B.A in Psychology. She has been a Youth Development Professional for more than 5 years.

Dre’Shawn Erwin –  Youth Services Coordinator

dreshawn@developingkids.org

Dreshawn is a Developing K.I.D.S. alumni and now serves as a Youth Services Coordinator. He is very dedicated to making the community better for youth and those in need. Dreshawn is known for his optimism and is currently a student at Wayne State University.

 

Tenesia Wise-Gaines –  Youth Services Coordinator

tenesia@developingkids.org   

Tenesia is delighted to join Developing K.I.D.S. and is looking forward to growing her experience working as a Youth Services Coordinator. She has been working in education for seven years and started her journey working with children diagnosed with autism.  She has experience working as a lead teacher and maintaining a classroom of her own.  Tenesia wants to be more of a help to our youth by encouraging fun learning tools that assist as they develop themselves!  

 

 

Asia Higgins– Youth Services Coordinator

asia@developingkids.org 

Asia is a proud alumna of Developing K.I.D.S. She started as an after-school program participant in 2015 and eventually became a youth service employee as part of the summer camp program. Asia feels that Developing K.I.D.S. has helped her find her passion in her future career, which will be Social Work. She is very excited to be a part of a team that is giving back to the community starting with our future youth!

Diamond Higgins– Youth Services Coordinator

diamond@developingkids.org 

Diamond was previously a participant in Developing K.I.D.S. for 7+ years and now joined the team as a Youth Services Coordinator. She is excited to bring her experience as a participant to engage the youth in the program.

Jukaila Hill – Youth Services Coordinator

 jukaila@developingkids.org or 1.88.294.6554, ext. 3

Jukaila serves the team as a Youth Services Coordinator. She is finishing up two Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Communication at Saginaw Valley State University. Jukaila brings to DK, her experience working with at-risk youth ages 11-24.

K’Von Hughes – Youth Services Coordinator 

kvon@developingkids.org 

K’Von serves the team as a Youth Services Coordinator. He is currently attending Wayne State University studying Kinesiology. K’Von began his journey with DK in the summer and was quickly known for his sense of humor.

Andra’ Stanley– Youth Services Coordinator 

andra@developingkids.org 

Andrá Stanley Jr. is a Detroit Native and recent graduate of Michigan State University where he double majored in Political Science and Criminal Justice. He takes pride in providing the best services to our participants by educating them on making the right decisions when no one is looking, and being their very best. As a Youth Services Coordinator, his goals are to always make participants feel safe and encourage them to do the right thing at all times. 

Kailynn Valentine – Workforce Development Specialist

kailynn@developingkids.org or 1.888.294.6554, ext. 10

 Kailynn Valentine is a recent graduate from Central Michigan University where she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Child Development. She would like to be a Child Therapist and a Marriage Counselor so she is working on her Master’s. Kailynn serves as the Workforce Development Specialist where she will be helping 14 to 24 year olds with guidance on what they would like to do after graduating and career wise.

 Kesia Washington – Alumni & Youth Services Coordinator

kesia@developingkids.org or 1.888.294.6554, ext. 11

Kesia serves as the Alumni & Youth Service Coordinator where she is a resource to high schoolers and college students supporting them on their college journey. She supports the alumni during their journey by finding resources to help them be successful. Kesia is happy to encourage and help youth grow in a positive environment. She attended Eastern Michigan University with a B.S in Recreational Therapy. She has previous experience in youth and senior development programming. She has developed programs for the YMCA yearly/summer program. 

Chakayla White – Elementary School Youth Services Coordinator

chakayla@developingkids.org

Chakayla was a participant in our program for 8+ years. She started her career with Developing K.I.D.S. as a program assistant and has since become a youth services coordinator where she enjoys being more hands-on with our participants.  She is also pursuing a career in cosmetology.

 

 Samyah Hairston – Social Media & Marketing Specialist

samyah@developingkids.org or 1.888.294.6554, ext. 4

Samyah Hairston is Developing K.I.D.S. alumna, as she has been in our program since it first began. She graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Business Marketing.  As the Social Media Marketing Specialist, she leads the marketing efforts and manages the social media pages for Developing K.I.D.S.