Kind to Kids Team
Caroline Jones, Jeanette DeBright, John Bates, Dawn Manley and Tom Stevenson join the community in celebrating five years of serving children in need.
Caroline Jones, MHA
President and Founder
President and Founder of Kind to Kids, Caroline is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with the Family Court of Delaware where she serves children in foster care and testifies on their behalf. While working with children who are victims of abuse or neglect, she learned that they do not have the opportunities, skills, or experiences that children from a stable home receive.
Caroline previously was principal of a strategic planning consulting firm specializing in nonprofit organizations such as United Way of Delaware. Prior, Caroline was a Practice Administrator for a large physician group. Early in her career, she enjoyed her work as an intensive care unit nurse at Georgetown Medical Center. She has a Masters in Health Administration from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Degree from Villanova University.
Committed to children’s causes, Caroline serves on a number of agencies: Vice President- Friends of CASA Board of Directors, Kids with Confidence Advisory Board, Community Youth Partnership Board, subcommittees related to children’s issues, and a Wilmington Rotary member. She is an active public speaker on child advocacy and recent delivered the Tatnall High School Commencement address.
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.
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 wonderful events to over 11,000 children, delivered LifeSkills education programs to over 400 children in foster care and poverty, and donated over $250,000 in event opportunities to foster children and children and families in poverty since our founding in 2011.
Chris advances the mission as our Board Advisory Chair through effective planning, thoughtful insights, and collaboration with corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. He is instrumental in growing Kind to Kids through strategic initiatives. Chris works as the Manager of Corporate Strategy at Beacon Health Options in Boston, MA. A graduate of Villanova University School of Business, Chris also volunteers with area organizations to improve the lives of children in need.
Catherine is a Manager on the Women and Girls Lead Global Partnership, with USAid in San Francisco. She facilitates the power of documentaries, national tv broadcasts and engagement activities to empower women and girls . Catherine helps Kind to Kids with communication services to the community at large and facilitates relationships with our partners. Catherine recently returned to the States from teaching English abroad in Madrid, Spain. A graduate of St. Joseph’s University in sociology and international relations, Catherine is also a recipient of the Jesuit Honor Society’s prestigious Magis Award.
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.
Racine efficiently manages our front office, and always with a warm and engaging smile. Along with effective office management, Racine effectively coordinates community service outreach projects with area schools and students. 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.
Jeanette comes to Kind to Kids with nonprofit agency experience and high level management experience in the retail industry. She effectively plans events to raise funds for our vital programs. In addition, Jeanette collaborates with area venues to provide wonderful opportunities for foster children and children in poverty, broadening their horizons to the world around them. Jeanette facilitates collaboration with community partners, enabling Kind to Kids to provide vital services for children in need.
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 skills for a bright future. 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. Henry is also a behavioral health and outpatient social worker with the Veterans Administration.
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.
Chairperson – Scott Burris
Sr. Director, Capital One Investing
Vice Chairperson – Sherry Dorsey
Secretary – Erik Raser-Schramm
Principal, Twelve Seven Group