Kimberly Johnson, 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.
Currently, Kimberly is the Network & Operations Manager for the Youth Development Resource Center. She previously served as the Director of the Youth Development Initiative serving four of six neighborhoods 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 while also running Developing K.I.D.S.  The roles ran concurrently from 2012-2017.   Additionally, she has held several leadership roles for organizations 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.  Kim serves on the Clergy Guild 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 and UDM School of Law.  She includes among her honors and awards, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Community Impact award (2017), a Testimonial & Resolution from the Detroit City Council (2013), and a National After School Matters (NASM) Fellowship (2015-2017). 
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 Johnson, Chair Kelly Services, Inc.-World Headquarters
  • Kelly Cousins, Vice-Chair    
  • Lynn Hairston, A.A., Secretary  Detroit Area Agency on Aging
  • Ashley Johnson, PhD, Treasurer   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
  • 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
  • Punita Dani-Thurman   The Skillman Foundation









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.