My name is Kimberly and I have been with the VIP Mentoring Program for 20 years. In 1999, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English with aspirations to attend law school. In 2001, I began working with VIP as an administrative assistant and one year later was promoted to Match Specialist Supervisor, and then six months later to Asst. Program Director. Since the young age of 14, I have been concerned about children dealing with difficult circumstances, even though I too dealt with a number of the same issues that plague these students everyday. Because of this, I looked to a career that would keep be connected to those who needed a supportive community to turn to during these times.
I served as a peer tutor in high school, and a camp counselor in college. I was always looking to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. I followed in my mother's footsteps when it came to helping others. Even with little, my mom made a big impact on anyone she could help and I always wanted to make her as proud of me as I am of her.
After graduating from Thomas Cooley Law School and interning/volunteering for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, I knew working on the prevention side was where my talents flourished. I returned to VIP Mentoring after a short absence as the Fund Development Coordinator and now as the Director of Development. It is our belief that every child should have the advantages of seeing a strong future for them and their families. Each day, I try to figure out a way to be a support mechanism for children who need just a little extra support. I look to be the difference I want to see in our community.