About Us


KidzKare is a Rochester, Michigan based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. KidzKare was founded in 2011 by Jay Mitchell, MD, a pediatrician at Kidz1st Pediatrics in Rochester Hills since 1991, who is now retired from active practice and devoting himself to KidzKare. KidzKare seeks to partner with community members, non-profits, for-profits, municipalities, schools, and other individuals and entities to improve the present and future lives of our local children.

Meeting the needs of the children in our community is the goal.  We seek to partner and collaborate with businesses and other non-profits to serve the children who need us most.
Our Board
Jay Mitchell, MD - Founder and Board Chair

Jay is a lifelong resident of southeast Michigan his whole life and in the Rochester area since 1988 despite hating winter. As a practicing pediatrician and founder of Kidz1st Pediatrics, his focus is on preventive health, patient education, and helping children in low income families. Along with his business partner and dedicated staff, he founded KidzKare in 2011 to address these needs on a more community wide basis. He retired from active practice in 2015 to devote all of his time to KidzKare. He is married to Karen, a family physician, and has two grown sons (no grandchildren...yet).

Bradley Barnes, MD - Vice Chair


Brad has lived in Rochester for 50 years and recently retired as pediatrician after a very productive 50 year career. Brad was a founding member of the KidzKare Board in 2011 and was also a founding board member of the Rochester Auburn Hills Community Coalition. Brad is married to Barb, a founding board member of the Rochester Area Youth Assistance program, and has 8 grandchildren (no great-grandchildren...yet). Brad and Barb are avid bicyclers and spent their 60th wedding anniversary last summer on a 60 mile bike trip around Oakland and Macomb counties with dozens of (very hot and tired) family and friends.

Michele Dunham - Secretary

Michele joined the KidzKare board in 2014. After enjoying more than 30 years as an elementary school teacher at University Hills, Michele has been the Education and Program Coordinator at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. She is also a master gardener and enjoys time with her grandchildren in Chicago.

James Clark - Treasurer

James joined the KidzKare board in 2015. He is a Rochester native who met the love of his life in Cleveland and came back to Rochester to raise their family. James is a financial advisor at BluMark Advisors in Rochester Hills. He is married to Andrea and has two beautiful children.

Our History
  • January 2011 - KidzKare formed as non-profit in State of Michigan

  • June 2011 - Receive 501 (c) 3 Status from IRS

  • July 2011 - Help purchase books for new Reach Out and Read program

  • August 2011 - Recycled Reader begins - we collect gently used books for children.

  • September 2011 - Affiliated pediatricians help provide healthcare related workshops at pre-schools, local elementaries and moms clubs.

  • January 2012 - KidzKare Board brainstorms opportunities for children headed back to school.  "Back to School Bonanza" is imagined!

  • August 2012 - First "Back to School Bonanza" takes care of 397 kids.

  • January 2013 - Dr. Mitchell imagines "Raising Rochester" - a raised garden bed program.

  • Summer 2013 - 110 Garden beds are placed with hundreds of pounds of fresh produce going to Rochester Area Neighborhood House Food Pantry.

  • August 2013 - 2nd Annual Bonanza - 585 kids!

  • Spring 2014 - 45 new garden beds for Raising Rochester!

​KidzKare was awarded the Michigan Department of Community Health 2013 Hometown Health Hero Award, one of only eight awarded in the state, for accomplishments and dedication to the health and well-being of our community.
Kidz1st, KidzKare founding-parent organization, received the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce 2012 Sunrise Pinnacle Award for Philanthropic Business of the Year in recognition of their many efforts to give back to their community. So, it seems that, like it or not, the efforts of Kidz1st and KidzKare are no longer able to stay under the radar as so many in our community are becoming aware of the successes of Kidz1st and KidzKare, the quality of their programs, and the trust that they can place in us.