Kimberly Newberry, President & CEO

Having grown up in the city of Detroit, Ms. Newberry 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 Director of Prevention Services at Alternatives for Girls.  In 2005, she received the vision and in the midst of recovery from a life-threatening tragedy, she began to turn the vision into reality.
Mrs. Newberry has held several leadership roles in the city, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids, Shekinah Gospel Tabernacle Church Board, and the National Association for Child and Youth Care Practice. She has a graduate certificate from Central Michigan University. Kim is also certified as a trainer in two nationally recognized professional development training models for youth workers.  She includes among her honors and awards, the Bridge to the Future award (2009), Community Connections Passion & Purpose award (2011), a Testimonial & Resolution from the Detroit City Council (2013), and a National After School Matters (NASM) Fellowship (2015-2017).   She has served as the Chief Administrator for two programs under Don Bosco Hall for 5 1/2 years. In her role, she supervised operations of the community center and led the Youth Development Initiative  under the umbrella of the Detroit Youth Development Alliance in four of the Skillman Good Neighborhoods, sponsored by The Skillman Foundation.  Currently, she is working as a Special Project Consultant for two Detroit-based entitities.
She often states that she is blessed to share her life with her husband, Charles, and her most treasured pride and joy which are her three children; La Tressa, Serena, and Jamal, II who have labored with her in her mission to enrich the lives of youth and their families.

 Board of Directors

  • Charles Jackson III, M.B.A., Chair Goodwill Industries
  • Charles Johnson, Vice-Chair Kelly Services, Inc.-World Headquarters
  • Lynn Hairston, A.A., Secretary  Home Depot
  • Rhonda Reynolds-Williams, Treasurer   Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Jakym Battle  DuPont/ STEM is the New Black
  • Ashley Johnson, PhD   Detroit College Access Network
  • Kimberly Newberry   Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Developing K.I.D.S.
  • Victor Robinson    Peace Players International
  • Misha Stallworth, MSW  Detroit Public Schools Community District  & Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation
  • Meredith Gonsahn, M.P.H., Chair Emeritus   State of Tennessee

Advisory Board

  • Jurnell Cockhren   Sophicware, LLC
  • Sheryl Jones, EdD   United States Postal Service
  • Dev Mata, RPh    Devz Pharmacy
  • Leslie Love Smith, M.Ed    Director of Early Childhood Ed.-Mt. Clemens District & Board Member, Southfield Public School


Honorary Advisory 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 or call 888-987-KIDS (5437). Please be sure to indicate the contribution is for Tiané A. Brown.