Mrs. Kimberly J. James, is the Founder & President of the Dream in Color Foundation. She is a life coach, a motivational speaker, the author of Running on G: What's Filling Your Tank?
Kim is a graduate of Hampton University with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Speech Communication and Theatre Arts and discovered early that dance has been her center of gravity since she was a child. At the age of 26, Kim defied the odds, being one of the oldest and one of very few minority dancers as a St. Louis Rams Cheerleader. She later moved to New York City, where she expanded her artistic skills by studying at Steps on Broadway and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Prior to starting the Dream in Color Foundation in 2005, she taught and directed various educational and dance programs in both the public and private school systems and is dedicated to empowering young people to dream big, pursue it relentlessly and live their lives helping others. The combination of Kim's love of the performing arts, her desire to diversify the arts industry and her commitment to inspiring our youth to achieve their goals personifies the Dream in Color concept.
Kim has served as DICF's program director for the past six years and has received numerous accolades in the areas of community service and her commitment to artistic excellence. In 2009, she was selected as the "Woman of the Year in Performing Arts" by the National Association of Professional and Executive Women. She was honored by the U.S. Air Force 11th Wing company commander with a medal of honor for her commitment to community service and most recently in December 2011, she has been featured as one of Harris' Heroes on ABC News 7 – WJLA.
She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two sons and is exciting to share the inspiration behind Dream in Color and her message of hope through her book, Running on G available on Amazon.com and on www.kimberlyjjames.com.
Karen D. Douglas, Board Member, Vice-President Capital One Bank. Karen has over 15 years award winning sales and marketing experience with fortune 100 companies. Karen has developed and implemented successful product launches from wireless technologies to banking services. Karen is a motivational speaker, promoting academic excellence and self esteem in young women. Karen is active with Jack and Jill Inc. Alexandria Mt Vernon Chapter, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Black Women United for Action, Tennessee State University Alumni Association and University of Virginia Darden Scholar. Karen is also a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. Karen resides in Northern Virginia with her daughter Julia.
J. Delice Brown, Board Member, is an accomplished Marketing and Communications executive with more than 15 years of experience in non-profit brand management. Her intuitive marketing expertise has benefited hundreds of America's most prominent nonprofit organizations. She recently produced the nationally distributed 2009 Combined Federal Campaign eight minute public service video encouraging federal employees to give to charitable organizations. Ms. Brown has delivered innovative marketing workshop presentations to affiliates of national organizations such as Meals on Wheels Association of America, National Council of the Blind, and National Alliance for Choice In Giving. She is often sought for her insight. She is the Director of Strategic Planning for Visual Solutions Unlimited, a graphic design and marketing solution consulting company in the DC area. As an Air Force Officer’s wife, she has traveled the world and made homes in places like Korea and Saudi Arabia. She currently resides in northern Virginia with husband George, two daughters, and dog Jack.