"Ultimately, it's all about Relationships." That is the K.I.D.S. Team Motto.
The staff works tirelessly to ensure that every product donation we receive from our corporate donors is handled efficiently; that every foundation is reported to fully; and that every K.I.D.S. program in our partner agencies around the globe is listened to carefully.
Chris Blake has served at K.I.D.S. for almost ten years. He is instrumental in creating new strategic partnerships, bringing in new business and starting new programs around the world. Chris is the chief spokesperson for the organization and aims to reach more children and families than ever with the innovative programs that K.I.D.S. is famous for. He loves bragging on the K.I.D.S. team and, at the end of the day, coming home to his wife and daughter.
Phone: 212-279-5493 ext. 212
Chief Operating Officer
Donna has been with K.I.D.S. for sixteen years and, as chief operating officer, tackles the daily demands and challenges of bringing millions of dollars of brand name merchandise to thousands of children every year.
Phone: 212-279-5493 ext. 205
Director of Development
Since graduating from Fordham University, Cristina has worked for several national and internationally renowned not-for-profit organizations dedicated to bringing hope to the lives of children and families impacted by hunger, poverty, and homelessness. Here at K.I.D.S., Cristina is responsible for overseeing all of K.I.D.S.’ fundraising efforts, with a particular focus on foundation grants and program management. Outside of the office, Cristina is extremely passionate about human rights initiatives and her work with young adult ministries.
Phone: 212-279-5493 ext. 204
Director of Donor/Agency Relations
Dennie's background of helping people manage their personal relationships has been instrumental in her ability to monitor and foster close communication with the 1,500 local community service organizations in the K.I.D.S. network. In addition to acting as a liaison between product donors and the agencies receiving merchandise, Dennie also manages our Get Involved area, which includes our Student Ambassador initiative, her newly created "Kids for K.I.D.S." program, and providing guidance to individuals who want to organize new product drives and fundraisers. A former national columnist and published author, Dennie spends most of her free time with her very tall husband and very small dog.
Phone: 212-279-5493 ext. 208
Trade Show Coordinator
Trade shows are exhibitions organized so companies in a specific industry can showcase and demonstrate their latest products. What better way for a charity like K.I.D.S. to meet new companies, discover new cause marketing opportunities, and collect product donations. Dave Cales is the K.I.D.S. representative at trade shows around the country. He also coordinates hundreds of K.I.D.S. volunteers in the cities that host these trade shows. He is instrumental in our disaster relief response efforts. When he is not traveling, you will find him working with young people at his church or at home with his wife, two sons and a rambunctious dog.
Social Media and Public Relations
Edgar Trinidad is a multifaceted communications professional with a diverse background that includes social media, blogging, copywriting, editorial and public relations. Edgar provides strategic planning, digital content and media relations to raise awareness for the good work of K.I.D.S. and its partner agencies, volunteers and corporate donors. Prior to working with K.I.D.S., Edgar was a publicist at Fineberg Publicity, where he created and executed successful press campaigns for companies in apparel, textiles, business to business and other markets, serving for six years as a communications consultant for Intimate Apparel Square Club, the organizer of the annual H.U.G. Gala fundraiser benefiting pediatric care at NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition to his consulting work, he teaches a seasonal workshop on PR and Event Planning at Fashion Institute of Technology’s School of Continuing Education.
Sabrina assists Cristina and Dennie with Fundraising and Agency Relations, and handles K.I.D.S.' Employee Giving Program. Prior to joining K.I.D.S., Sabrina received her Bachelor's Degree in English, and was a Paralegal for an employment law firm in New York City. In her free time she coordinates local outreach events for her community, and travels with her husband. She enjoys helping people, event planning, and reading.
Phone: 212-279-5493 ext. 200
Ronneak supports Chris and Donna with diligently managing the Administrative flow of K.I.D.S. She also works on Cooperate giving and fundraising; maintaining relationships between K.I.D.S., donors and agencies. She also works on finding placement for donations, which she loves, because, for her, it represents giving back to communities that reflect her own impoverished and humble beginnings. It also reminds her and continues to give her hope for others, that where you begin, doesn’t have to be where you stay. In addition to Ronneak’s position as an EA at K.I.D.S., she faithfully, lovingly and compassionately serves as a Minister, in Harlem, NY. She is intentional about making time to do other things that she loves, which includes: traveling, acting and creating unique but simple recipes for delicious food.
Phone: 212-279-5493 ext. 207
Board of Directors
K.I.D.S. is governed by an active Board of Directors consisting of 35 leaders from organizations across the country from the retail, apparel, juvenile products, toy, shoe, accessories, entertainment, finance, marketing, and legal fields.
Our board members serve on a variety of teams including the Executive Committee, Marketing, and Development, as well as three industry-focused teams,Apparel and Footwear, Juvenile Products, and Books/Education Materials/Toys.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
Adjmi Apparel Group
American Marketing Enterprises, Inc.
Peter J. Solomon Company
K&L Gates LLP
The Bromley Group LLC
MAGIC/Advanstar Communications, Inc.
The Doneger Group
Jockey International, Inc.
The Joester Loria Group
Kahn Lucas Lancaster, Inc.
Callaway Arts & Entertainment
Marks Paneth & Shron LLP
Kids Brands Inc.
Mamiye Brothers, Inc./JetSet
The Vitamin Shoppe
The Baby Einstein Company
Cartoon Network Enterprises/Turner Sports
UGG Australia and Simple Shoes
Rosenthal & Rosenthal
Delta Children's Products
Gerber Childrenswear LLC
LT Apparel Group
Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA)
Toys "R" Us
* Executive Committee Member
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