Caroline Jones, MHA
President and Founder
President and Founder of Kind to Kids, Caroline has served children in foster care for over 12 years. While working with children who are victims of abuse, trauma and neglect, she learned that they do not have the opportunities, skills, or experiences that children from a stable home receive. She wanted these children to have a basic foundation of support and strategies to help them succeed in life.
Caroline volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with the Family Court of Delaware where she has over 10 year of experiences testifying on their behalf. Prior to Kind to Kids, she was principal and founder of a strategic planning consulting firm specializing in nonprofit organizations such as United Way of Delaware. Previously, Caroline was a Practice Administrator for a large physician group. Early in her career, she enjoyed working as an intensive care unit nurse at Georgetown Medical Center. Caroline has a Masters Degree in Business, concentration in healthcare, from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Degree with a minor in psychology degree from Villanova University.
Committed to children’s causes, Caroline advocates for children on a number agencies and subcommittees related to children’s issues. She is a member of the Wilmington Rotary club. She is an active public speaker and delivers presentations on child abuse, trauma and child advocacy.
Kind to Kids Foundation began as a Jones family venture in 2008, and the entire family is active in the organization. Caroline’s husband, Mark, is an advisor and active board member. Her children, Chris and Catherine, are the co-founders of the organization and continue to serve in an advisory capacity to help children in need.
Chris and Catherine are the co-founders and creative spark for Kind to Kids. While at a Delaware sports event, they saw large groups of empty seats around the stadium. They realized the seats were a wasted opportunity and asked, “Why can’t they be given to foster kids and children in poverty?” It was a pivotal question – and the start of Kind to Kids. Thanks to Chris and Catherine’s hard work and enthusiasm, Kind to Kids has provided educational programs, life event opportunities and support services to over 15,000 children in foster care and poverty since our founding in 2011.
Chris advances the mission as our Board Advisory Co-Chair through effective planning, insights, and collaboration with corporations and government agencies. He is instrumental in growing Kind to Kids through strategic initiatives. Chris is a manager of corporate strategy and business operations with Instacart. He has an MBA from Kellogg Business School, where he was admitted as an Austin Scholar. He is also a graduate of Villanova University School of Business, and volunteers with area organizations to improve the lives of children in need.
Catherine is currently obtaining her master’s degree from Trinity College in Dublin Ireland with a full scholarship. Previously, she worked at Rise Up, a division of the international Public Health Institute, developing funds and the Leadership Council Network. Prior, she was a Global Analyst at Room to Read, an international nonprofit organization that provides education for women and girls throughout the world. Catherine facilitates our mission as a Board Advisory Co-Chair, advising Kind to Kids on nonprofit programs and services. A graduate of St. Joseph’s University in sociology and international relations, Catherine is a recipient of the Jesuit Honor Society’s prestigious Magis Award.
Patrick enables youth in foster care to get the resources and services they need to succeed in school and life. Through our innovative UGrad program, Patrick helps foster youth to persevere for effective outcomes with vital skills, supplies and ongoing support. Youth get the guidance they need to graduate from high school and transition to advanced education or career. Patrick has extensive experience working with foster youth. He has master’s degrees in education and social work and is currently obtaining his doctoral degree.
Colleen efficiently manages our front office with a warm and engaging manner. Along with effective office management, Colleen coordinates community service outreach projects with universities, businesses, groups and schools. These initiatives enable Kind to Kids to reach more children in need, and bring hope and comfort to during a difficult time in their young lives.
Izuru effectively directs and teaches our LifeSkills programs for children in foster care, poverty and at-risk youth. Izuru has a wide range of experience and skills that she brings to the role to help our community’s most vulnerable children. As a former DFS case worker, Izuru worked daily with children who were victims of child abuse and neglect, and understands the government’s role in protecting the children. Her law degree facilitates child advocacy and the delivery of quality services. As our LifeSkills program expands, Izuru is working hard to impact children’s lives for a bright future.
Ellen is an experienced therapist and case manager with extensive experience working with children and adolescents in foster care. She diligently works to help teens overcome the trauma they have endured and apply strategies to succeed in school and in the world. Ellen’s therapeutic background and warm and thoughtful personality are a source of comfort and trust for the children we serve. She has a degree in psychology from Albright University.
With her training and experience as a teacher, Wendy has the skills to ensure that youth in foster care get the education they deserve. She works hard to support youth and gives them the support, encouragement and care they need to succeed in the world – all with her caring ways and warm personality. Wendy coordinates her efforts and work’s collaboratively with the youth’s entire support team. She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Howard University.
Kathy brings hope and comfort to foster children in our community. She effectively coordinates our My Blue Duffel program so that the 700 Delaware children entering the foster care system have emergency care kits to help them through the painful transition. She has a degree from Drexel University and extensive experience with nonprofit and charity organizations. Kathy also supports our LifeSkills after-school education program for children in poverty.
Jeanette comes to Kind to Kids with nonprofit agency experience and high level management experience in the retail industry. She effectively manages our grants which support our critical programs for children in need. Jeanette collaborates with businesses, corporations and community partners to provide funding for our programs and services for children in foster care and poverty, broadening their horizons to the world around them.
George comes to Kind to Kids Foundation with notable experience in government and legislative issues. He previously worked with Nemours as a Senior Policy Analyst, advocating for effective children’s health policies. George brings a wealth of knowledge on local, state and federal government strategy to the organization. His remarkable efforts ensure that children who are victims of abuse, trauma and neglect get the support and services they deserve. George has a bachelor’s degree from University of Delaware.
As a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care, Elaine has training and skills that address the special needs of children who have been abused and neglected. She helps children reach their potential by teaching them socio-emotional strategies to understand themselves and the world around them. Her business degree and corporate experience enable her to teach underserved children effective decision making strategies – all with her caring ways and beautiful smile.
Leland has extensive experience working with at risk youth, both as an inner city public school math teacher and in his former role as Executive Director of Philadelphia’s Victim Services Unit. As a LifeSkills instructor at Delaware’s facilities for at-risk youth, Leland provides valuable skills and guidance. He connects with the youth in a powerful way and helps to provide them with strong direction that leads towards a bright an productive future.
Michael Sullivan, MPH
Michael has a breadth of valuable experience, working for Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth and Families for the past 30 years. As the Statewide Services Assistant Regional Administrator, Michael was directly responsible for the child abuse reporting line and after-hour emergency foster care placements for children. He has past experience as an adolescent supervisor, working with child victims of sexual abuse or serious physical injury, in addition to experience with intake, investigation and treatment services for children.
Henry is an engaging, effective instructor who educates children in foster care and at-risk youth on vital socio-emotional skills for a bright future. Henry is a behavioral health counselor and social worker who helps children who have experienced trauma to learn healthy ways of coping. A recent recipient of the Kind to Kids Foundation Rising Star Award, Henry is a shining example of someone who overcame great obstacles to succeed in the world and make a difference.
Dawn brings her medical and business expertise to help facilitate our services for children in need. Dawn ensures that children who are victims of child abuse and neglect have vital supplies to help them get through the difficult times in foster care. She works diligently to bring care and comfort to our community’s most vulnerable children.