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.
PRESIDENT & CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
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. Retired from the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Education Foundation in 2018, she 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.
Jesse Betts is an equity partner in the Corporate and Securities section of Thompson & Knight LLP, where he has practiced law for the past 11 years. Mr. Betts grew up in Salina, Kansas, graduated from Kansas State University in December 2000 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in May 2006. In his legal practice, Mr. Betts represents clients in a wide range of corporate and securities matters. He has been consistently recognized as a Texas Rising Star (Business/Corporate; Mergers & Acquisitions) by Thomson Reuters since 2012. He has been an active member of the Dallas Petroleum Club, served on the Board of Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) and serves on the board of the Thompson & Knight Foundation.
Wes Butler grew up in nearby Arlington and Mansfield, Texas. He graduated
from the University of Virginia in 2001 with a degree in Government/Foreign
Affairs. He then attended law school at the SMU Dedman School of Law and
graduated in 2004. Wes is currently a partner of the international law firm
Kilpatrick, Townsend &d Stockton where he focuses his practice on complex
commercial litigation, employment litigation and counseling and ERISA and
bad faith litigation.
Jeanne has led a successful career as an Executive in Post-Acute Care in the field of retirement community living, assisted living and skilled nursing care. She developed a passion for others at a very young age when she volunteered at summer camps for special needs children and in nursing homes. Her career began with operating a Skilled Nursing Facility and eventually grew to a Vice President of Business Development/Equity partner for a private Post-Acute Care organization. Jeanne is an active swimmer with the Dallas Aquatic Masters and is also certified to teach adults to swim. She also competes in open water swimming and is an active volunteer at Birth Choice and DFW Rescue Me.
Jim attended Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York and moved to Cleveland, to practice corporate law at a medium-sized law firm before accepting a job with Winstead, McGuire, Sechrest & Minick (now known as Winstead) and moving his family to Dallas. He practiced law at Winstead for 17 years, including stints in its Austin and Washington DC offices. Jim joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in February of 2001, where he continues to practice law as the senior member of the Finance Practice Group. Jim and his wife, Ellen, have two married sons and one granddaughter, Liana.
As the Inside Sales Manager at American Airlines, Vineeta Vogel leads a
dynamic team of account managers who work with corporate customers and
travel agencies across the United States. In her most recent position as Manager
– Online Distribution, she led American’s partnerships with online travel
agencies and meta search engines and spearheaded efforts to introduce the sale
of airline ancillaries via third party online channels. At American Vineeta has
worked in Procurement, Customer Planning and on the AAdvantage co-brand
partnership. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics
and French from Grove City College, PA and MBA from Texas Christian
University with concentrations in both Supply Chain and Marketing. She and
her husband have a new baby daughter and two Spanish Water Dogs, Brie and
Jon Glass is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cinco Oil &
Gas, LLC, a privately held upstream exploration and production company
located in Dallas. With over 35 years of experience in the upstream energy
industry, Jon attributes much of his success to the education he received while at
Oklahoma State University. In addition to his responsibilities at Cinco, Jon also
serves on the Board of the Dallas Petroleum Club and is a past member of the
Dallas Wildcat Committee. Jon and his wife reside in Dallas and are enjoying
being grandparents to their granddaughter who already cheers for the Cowboys
on game day in her OSU cheerleader outfit. Jon has a Bachelor of Science and
Master of Science in Geology from Oklahoma State University and an MBA in
Finance from The University of Tulsa.
Grant worked for Tenneco, a major national gas transporter, before transferring
to First City Bank as a Lending Officer, Senior Credit Officer and Chief Executive Officer for over 35 years. He has worked as a consultant in bank lending operations, primarily in South American countries. Grant’s association with KidLinks founder, Jim Newton, began even before the inception of Jim’s work with hospitalized children. Supporting KidLinks for over 30+ years, he was a member of the Hugworks Board of Directors until its merger with KidLinks Foundation. Grant has helped envision, encourage and fund KidLinks work with animation and remains personally involved as a supporter of and advisor for our Hugworks Children’s Network programming. He is a University of Texas graduate with an MBA specializing in Finance and Economics.
Courtney is the Special Events Project Manager for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Since graduation from Texas A&M, she spent over 20 years working with various nonprofits from the American Cancer Society in Florida and more recently as the Development Director for the LightHouse for New Hope Grief and Loss Center. She brings great strength and knowledge of identifying volunteer strengths for working towards a nonprofits’ mission and goals. Her passion for nonprofits and helping them to accomplish something great...which is usually a fun party or event and raising some money! She wants everyone to know the great organization KidLinks is and helps to cheer us on for great success!
Bronson has used his accounting and analytic training in providing financing solutions and risk management for a variety of global companies. He worked for Bank of America in their London office and with US based energy companies developing their offshore oil and gas reserves in the North Sea. When he returned to Dallas he worked with the bank’s expansion in Mexico and headed the Southwest Trade Banking Group helping importers and exporters manage their commercial and international risk exposures. 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. Born in Dallas Bronson has been involved in a number of volunteer efforts in the DFW Metroplex.
J.W. Brown, President & Chair
Adam Hall, Treasurer
Janice Kane, Secretary
Jesse Betts, Director
Wes Butler, Director
Jeanne Dillon, Director
James (Jim) Markus, Director
Vineeta Vogel, Director
Jon Glass, Advisory Council
Grant Hollingsworth, Advisory Council
Courtney Kraft, Advisory Council
Bronson Stocker, Advisory Council
...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.
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE & COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
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.
Diana Crawford, CEO
Jim Newton, Program Director
Paul G. Hill, Senior Producer
Maddie Benner, Development Associate
Larry Dykstra, Volunteer
Noel "Paul" Stookey, Artistic Advisor
Gina Glidewell, Music Therapist
Cora Lansdowne, Music Therapist