Staff

Community Impact Staff

Director, Flint Community Education Initiative
Kerry Downs
Crim Fitness Foundation
Phone: 810-201-8361 | Email: kdowns@crim.org

Kerry Downs has been with the Crim Fitness Foundation from the beginning as we took on the role of lead agency of the Flint Community Education Initiative at Brownell and Holmes STEM Academies in the fall of 2014. In the fall of 2015, after investing 18 years as a classroom teacher with the Flint Community Schools, Ms. Downs stepped out of the classroom and into the role of Community School Director of both Holmes and Brownell STEM. In April of 2018, Ms. Downs began her journey as a Program Manager of Special Projects leading key projects in order to expand key Community Education strategies such as Success Mentoring, Family Literacy, and more. On September 1, 2020, Ms. Downs began serving as the director for the Flint Community Education Initiative as we move to increase collective efficacy amongst all of our partners in establishing schools as neighborhood hubs by providing coordinated on-site services and expanded learning opportunities to support student success, partner with families and cultivate vibrant communities.

Community Schools Program Manager, Partnerships
Jennifer Halliday
Crim Fitness Foundation
Phone: 810-235-6342 | Email: jhalliday@crim.org

Jennifer Halliday joined the Crim in 2013 as an AmeriCorps State member through Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). After completing her first year of service as a State and National member, she began a second term of service as a VISTA with the University of Michigan-Flint. In this role, she continued to support the Crim Fitness Foundation's Community Education Initiative by brokering University and K-12 partnerships. In the coming year, Jennifer will begin her Master's in Business Administration at Michigan State and looks forward to continuing her work within the non-profit and education sector.

Community Schools Program Manager
Denise Yarbrough
Crim Fitness Foundation
Phone: 810-201-5800 | Email: dyarbrough@crim.org

Denise Yarbrough joined the Crim as a Program Manager for Community Education Initiative in the fall of 2016. Her professional background includes over 14 years of administrative experience in the Community Development field. Denise has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and an Associates in Marketing Management from Mott Community College. In her role as Program Manager, Denise assists in the planning and direction of high-quality community education program development and operations.

Community Schools Program Manager
Rawlan Lillard II
Email: rlillard@crim.org

Rawlan Lillard II attended Wiley College and received his bachelor’s in Business Administration. He has 30 years of working with and for our youth.

His previous experiences include: Baker College, GMI/Kettering, Mott Workforce Development and Job Corps. As the Community School Director, he is responsible for establishing Scott School as the community hub. One of Rawlan’s missions is to bring in a plethora of community partners to Scott  to offer a range of services and resources to support children, families, and community members. His goals as the Community School Director are as followed: increase attendance, increase 3rd-grade literacy, to have an impact on the community he serves, and to increase graduation rates. His purpose in life is to love, serve, and support others in their life’s quest.

Community Schools Program Manager
Marlando Wade
Email: mwade@crim.org
Phone: 810-767-6446 

Marlando Wade serves as a Community Schools Program Manager with the Flint Community Education Initiative. His fifteen plus years of service and commitment to education led him to this position, including his previous work as the Community School Director at Brownell STEM Academy. He is a product of Flint schools and a Spartan alumnus who is dedicated to the repair, rebuild, and restoration of Flint’s education.

Being a part of a team that shares the same vision not only brings excitement and joy for him, but empowerment to persevere for the betterment of our youth. Outside of work, Marlando enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Community Schools Program Manager
Chris Collins
Crim Fitness Foundation
Phone: 810-201-5620 | Email: ccollins@crim.org

Chris Collins holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Saginaw Valley State University and a Masters of Science in Athletic Administration from Ohio University. Before joining with the Crim, he was a Student Management Assistant- Activities Director at the International Academy of Saginaw. Within this role, he took on an additional role of starting organized sports and after-school activities. After coaching multiple sports for 3 years, he saw an opportunity to come back to Flint to work and serve in his hometown - as the Community School Director at Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary. He has always had a passion for helping people, specifically in the area of education. Chris knew how important having a support network is in the development of our community and he believes that he can have the greatest impact by serving in this capacity. He is excited about all of the possibilities that exist with the help of all of our community partners, volunteers from our neighborhoods, and school community. Chris feels strongly that with all hands on deck, we really have a unique opportunity to be an impetus for change in Flint! Chris loves outdoor sports and activities like fishing, hunting, and camping!

Program Manager, Physical Activity & Mindfulness in Sports
Traci Pigott
Crim Fitness Foundation
Phone: 810-201-8505 | Email: tpigott@crim.org

Traci has a passion for working with youth in the community to create positive impact and change. She is a Flint and Genesee County native who graduated from Powers Catholic High School, then attended Central Michigan University. Her diverse background in sports through playing and coaching, along with her several years of experience working with youth and creating programs, equipped her with a variety of tools which she brings to the team. Traci is a huge advocate of mindfulness. She incorporates mindfulness practices with sports on a daily basis, both personally and professionally. She is also a varsity girls basketball coach in the area, and a CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor. In her spare time Traci enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her three nephews Thomas, Grady and Ryker and her dog Bella. She also loves playing/coaching/watching sports.

Data & Evaluation Coordinator
Kat Hughes
Crim Fitness Foundation
Phone: 810-201-8522 | Email: khughes@crim.org

Katherine Hughes joined the Crim Fitness Foundation as a Data and Evaluation Coordinator for the Community Education Initiative in the winter of 2019. Katherine earned her Bachelors of Applied Arts in Family Studies and Master of Public Health degree from Central Michigan University. In her role as Data and Evaluation Coordinator, Katherine is excited to help showcase the impact of Flint’s community Education Initiative for families, students, and residents.

Executive Assistant, Community Impact
Matt Trevithick
Crim Fitness Foundation
Phone: 810-201-5620 | Email: mtrevithick@crim.org

Matthew Trevithick joined the Crim Fitness Foundation in 2019 as the Executive Assistant to Community Impact. Matthew graduated from Grand Blanc High School in 2014 and went on to attend the University of Michigan. He graduated college in 2018, with a BA in Political Science. After growing up in the area, Matthew is excited to have the opportunity to work for an nonprofit that accomplishes so much in Flint. He enjoys his role with the Crim, supporting the work of the Flint Community Education Initiative and Community Impact.