The Team

The Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out team drives the organization’s ability to achieve its mission through a complete commitment to kids and a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach.

 Board of Directors

Danialle KarmanosDanialle Karmanos, Founder
Danialle Karmanos is a philanthropist and community activist committed to driving positive change in Detroit. She is the founder of Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out (DKWIO), a 501(c)(3) organization that fights childhood obesity… Read More
Demetrius JenkinsDemetrius “Demi” Jenkins, Secretary
The most important thing one needs to know about Demi Jenkins is that children are her life. Period. A professional full-time nanny, Demi worked with children at the highly-regarded Compuware Child Development Center for 15 years… Read More
Nate McCaughtry, Ph.D., Treasurer
When Nate McCaughtry agreed to join the DKWIO board, Danialle’s organization landed Wayne State University’s entire Center for School Health. You see, as the Center’s founder and director… Read More
Chuck BennettChuck Bennett, Trustee
Chuck Bennett is a remarkable man – He is Michigan’s “Style Guru.” As a Detroit News journalist, Chuck covers the society scene in Metro Detroit and pens Society Confidential, a popular, must-read gossip column. In fact, Chuck is the only African American male in America working as a society columnist… Read More
James E. Blessman M.D., MPH, Trustee
It’s hard to know where to begin when trying to explain and describe Dr. Blessman in a brief bio. There are just so many “levels” to this brilliant, insightful and very spiritual man. On a personal level, he describes himself thusly… Read More
Joe Hickey, Vice Chair
Joe Hickey has been involved with Work It Out since inception — offering advice, ideas and/or coordinating the pro bono legal services provided to Work It Out by the law firm where he is a member, Dykema Gossett … Read More


Trish DewaldTrish Dewald , Executive Director, Development and Communications
Trish is on this team to take it to the next level and beyond.  She comes to DKWIO with a solid fundraising background at a variety of organizations including the Coalition On Temporary Shelter… Read More

Laura MackiewiczLaura Mackiewicz, Executive Director, Programs & Operations
As Executive Director for Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out, Laura Mackiewicz employs more than a dozen years of experience in event production, public speaking and program management to ensure DKWIO executes superior programming for kids… Read More
Kerrie Trahan, Program and Volunteer Coordinator
Kerrie was born, raised and educated in Detroit. After college she moved to Yeosu, South Korea where she began practicing yoga. When she moved back to the United States she completed a 200-hour LifePower Yoga teacher training… Read More


Regina WardRegina Ward, Program Coordinator and Yoga Teacher
Regina is a Certified Group Exercise Instructor with AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and a Certified Personal Trainer with ACE (American Council on Exercise). Regina has always been interested in Yoga… Read More
Kirsten Beyer, Program Coordinator and Yoga Teacher
Kirsten has always had a deep-rooted passion for the betterment and success of Detroit’s youth. Being the daughter of a DPS counselor of 30 years, she grew up idolizing her father’s work…. Read More

Tamara DeVine-Rinehart, Yoga Curriculum Specialist
Tamara was first introduced to yoga and Pilates in her undergraduate college days in both yoga and dance classes at Wayne State University. Since then she has continued to deepen her practice and go on to complete both yoga teacher and Pilates teacher trainings… Read More

Letitia WarrenLetitia Warren, Pediatric Dietitian, Children’s Hospital of Michigan
As a Pediatric Dietitian for more 25 years, Letitia Warren works in partnership with DKWIO Founder Danialle Karmanos and Executive Director Laura Mackiewicz to develop and implement the nutritional education component of DKWIO’s one-hour formula…Read More

Stacy Goldberg, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Savorfull™, MPH, RN, BSN
A self-proclaimed “healthy & allergy free food product fanatic” and nutritional consultant, Stacy recognizes the importance of managing a life with a food allergy or intolerance in a nutritionally sound, simple way … Read More