KidLinks, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is the result of a merger of two successful charities which leveraged the resources and talent of Hugworks with the business and financial acumen of The KidLinks Foundation. For decades, KidLinks has provided healing experiences for the special needs of children through performing arts and media, funded therapeutic music initiatives, university-level Music Therapy training and free/low cost treatment programs for children in need. Today, through Hugworks Children’s Network (HCN), KidLinks is changing the face of therapeutic music entertainment for patients and families in hospitals across North Texas and beyond. Funds raised go directly to the creation of content that can improve the daily experiences of hospitalized and special needs children when they need it most as well as provide educational resources for the adults who care for them.
For over 30 years, Hugworks has provided Therapeutic Music Entertainment (TME) as a direct service offered to children and families in children's hospitals and special care centers across the country.
The program was developed with input and guidance from Child Life Specialists, Music Therapists and other health / education professionals in fields of early childhood services.
Hugworks also has a long history of delivering MT to children in need.
The KidLinks Foundation was formed in 2001 by individuals associated with the energy industry who had a desire to make a big difference in the lives of children in Texas.
Over the years, the organization has expanded its reach to include children and their families across the United States by funding TME and MT in hospitals.
KidLinks has also funded university-level MT training and treatment programs for children in need.
GOALS FOR HUGWORK'S CHILDREN'S NETWORK (HCN)
HCN will increase the number of special needs children our organization reaches to millions.
HCN will become a network of quality therapeutic entertainment, education and encouragement for children and their families around the world.
HCN will become a resource for Music Therapists, Entertainers, Educators and Parents around the world.
HCN is growing into a global network that will offer hope and joy to any child facing adversity.
After witnessing firsthand the power of Hugwork’s music to uplift and inspire, J.W. Brown made personal contributions to this cause for many years. In 2001, he and 4 business colleagues established The KidLinks Foundation with Hugworks as the major beneficiary. He continues to serve as Board Chair of the newly formed KidLinks.
Mr. Brown has been active since 2005 in the formation and management of energy related partnerships and corporations as Chairman of Par Investments, LLC., and since 1991, he has been the General Partner of Premier Capital, Ltd. Prior to 1991, Mr. Brown participated directly in the oil and gas business as well as a variety of energy investment banking activities, and practiced law from 1973 until 1981. He holds a BA, Juris Doctor and Masters of Law Degree.
Adam currently serves as a KidLinks Board Director and had previously served on the Hugworks Board of Directors since 2011. Adam has served in both the public and private sector with early career experiences in technical and engineering departments of a major telecommunications company.ﾠ Adam joined EnRisk as an Energy Risk Specialist in early 2003 focused on sales and servicing of oil & gas operators and non-operators with a primary emphasis on the coordination of insurance and indemnity obligations in the overall risk management process.ﾠ Effective January 2008, Adam became a principal and Executive Vice President of EnRisk; in 2013, he sold the company to Alliant Insurance Services.ﾠ Today, Adam continues to serve his clients, markets and the energy industry as a faithful employee of Alliant. Adam holds a B.S. in Business Administration.
A past Human Resources Specialist for Metropolitan Life, Janice Kane now serves in valuable civic and nonprofit leadership roles, and has for 30+ years. She served on Hugworks Board of Directors for 8 years, 4 as Board Chair. She is in her 12th year as CEO of the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation, and was a Founding Director when it was established in 1998. She served as an elected Trustee for the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District for 6 years, including leadership roles as Secretary, Vice President, and 2 years as President. She previously served on the boards of the American Heart Association, Arts Council of Northeast, and Mid-Cities Supporters of SafeHaven. She currently serves on the boards for Baylor Scott White Regional Hospital in Grapevine, Colleyville Chamber of Commerce, Women's Division of Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, and Grapevine Rotary Club. Children and community are her passions, for which she works tirelessly utilizing her HR and nonprofit backgrounds to make a difference in their quality of life.
Kent Potter currently serves as a KidLinks Board Director. In addition, he is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of AutismSpot.com, two technology companies, a creative agency, and production company. He has also held leadership roles in Human Resources, Worldwide Service Excellence, Business Operations and Global Change Management at Solvay, Nortel Networks and McAfee. As an award-winning filmmaker and photographer, Kent brings a unique mixture of creative and corporate strategy to every engagement. Likewise, he has more than 20 years of experience developing people, programs, and solutions to address real world problems.
Kent’s board service has also included six years as a board member for TDi Technologies, and serving as Founder and Board Member of the ExpoSkill family of companies. He has a BA in Communications.
Bronson has used his accounting and analytic training in providing financing solutions and risk management for a variety of endeavors. He has held leadership positions at Bank of America, developing its offshore oil and gas reserves in the North Sea and overseeing its expansion into Mexico; and by heading the Southwest Trade Banking Group. At Bell Helicopter Textron, he arranged export financing for the sale of aircraft in Europe, Asia, and South America often in coordination with the Export Development Corporation (EDC) of Canada.ﾠ Most recently, Mr. Stocker worked with Standard & Poor’s providing large and midcap companies credit ratings and related products.
J.W. Brown, Chair
Adam Hall, Treasurer
Janice Kane, Secretary
Kent Potter, Director
...AND OUR TEAM
Diana led customer facing tech projects at American Airlines for 18 years before serving as interim executive director and strategic initiatives executive consultant for Tri Delta, a national women’s fraternity, and then coming to serve as KidLinks’ CEO.
Diana serves on the Delta Delta Delta Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter, past advisor to Tri Delta’s Phi Lambda Chapter at TCU; past Board member Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County; past Neighborhood Arts Program grant panel Chair. She is a graduate of the Business Council for the Arts’ Leadership Arts Institute, and holds certificates in Nonprofit Management and Outcomes-Based Program Evaluation from CNM Connect. Diana is a certified Project Management Professional and holds an Associates Degree from Tarrant County College where she serves on the scholarship selection committee. “I love sharing music with my grandchildren and am honored to serve as CEO of KidLinks, working to bring joy and the healing power of music to children everywhere.”
Jim Newton serves as the Program Director of KidLinks. Prior to serving in this executive position, Jim was the Director of Programs and Founder of Hugworks.
Jim brings to KidLinks a wealth of musical experience and has worked with others to create a new discipline, Therapeutic Music Entertainment, while bringing the transforming and healing power of music into children's hospitals and other special care settings. Jim, along with Paul G. Hill, has been perfecting this craft for over thirty years through song writing and recording, direct services, TME training and community outreach.
Jim holds a BA in Philosophy and a Master's in Theology, and has trained and served as a hospital chaplain.
Paul G. Hill is the Senior Producer for KidLinks. Prior to serving in this leadership role, Paul was the Senior Producer for Hugworks.
A Grammy-nominated, award-winning songwriter and arranger, Paul has been active in the music industry for more than 30 years. His extraordinary musical and song writing skills and his caring heart, provide much of the creative talent for the songs featured on the Hugworks Children’s Network. Paul holds a Bachelor's Degree in music theory and composition.
Maddie completed her bachelor of arts degree in Communication Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national community service fraternity and also worked to create a Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon at her college. During her last 3 semesters of school, she completed an internship with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia foundation as their Special Events Fundraising intern. It was her passion for helping children and love of travel that led her to Texas and to join the KidLinks team as the Development Associate and Communication Specialist.
Larry is a Lead Volunteer for our Therapeutic Music Entertainment efforts. He is a special advisor to KidLinks and a valuable contributor to the organization. He has been deeply involved in the development of a formal guide to TME.
Noel is the "Paul" of the legendary Peter, Paul & Mary. He has brought his own considerable talent and 45+ years of experience to the team. Noel helps to ensure that our Hugworks series of children's recordings maintains the highest level of artistic integrity.
Gina received a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She is Board-Certified and a member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Gina also has completed a comprehensive Child Life Internship at Cook Children’s Medical Center as well as an extensive Music Therapy Internship with the Arlington, Texas Independent School District. She has worked for several school districts, including Crowley ISD, Cedar Hill ISD, and Northwest ISD. Gina is currently employed full-time by the Arlington, ISD, and works with KidLinks children two evenings per week. She is a very talented and accomplished performer and has enjoyed a 20 year career playing many venues both solo and with her Trio, FoxWell.
Cora earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance from Baylor University and her Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. She is Board-Certified and a member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Cora works with KidLinks serving children weekly, and also manages her own private music therapy practice in the Ellis County, TX area.
Paul G. Hill
Noel "Paul" Stookey