Helping Others Grow (HOG)
Helping Others Grow is a non-profit organization that supports family-serving agencies to promote protective factors and address children’s physical, social, emotional, and behavioral wellness. We build upon exisiting programs. We believe that in order to help children, you must support their family. The goals of organization include: to improve health and well-being outcomes for young children; to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in child wellness; to promote strong and nurturing parent/child relationships; to increase safety and security of children and families; to improve early literacy and school readiness; and to help prevent child maltreatment, abuse and neglect.
The Helping Others Grow Executive Board consists of President, Darnyelle Cmil; Vice President, Andrew Cmil; Secretary, Margaret Kennedy; and Treasurer, Wendy McKeel-Chandler.
Darnyelle Cmil, Founder and Executive Director
Executive Director of Helping Others Grow, Darnyelle Cmil, has worked in the field of education and child welfare for nearly two decades. She has dedicated her professional career to children and families. Darnyelle currently works for a private consulting company and teams with public, non-profit and private agencies that provide child welfare, juvenile justice and other human services to achieve positive results for children and families. She spent 12 years with New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families, serving in various roles, supporting the Department’s mission to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children and to support families. Prior to entering the field of child welfare, Darnyelle spent several years teaching early childhood and elementary education. She has expanded her teaching role to Middlesex Community College where she has been an adjust professor since 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree in Education and Social Sciences with a specialization in early childhood education and multiculturalism from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, her Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and is a Licensed Social Worker.
Tara DeLorme, Community Outreach Coordinator
Tara DeLorme has worked with children and families for over a decade. She is currently the Founder and President of a non-profit foundation, Lisa’s Light Foundation. She volunteers her time raising awareness on the cycle of domestic violence, providing community education and assisting domestic violence outreach programs. She has worked diligently in the field of human services. She excels at systems organization, as well as public advocacy. Tara has dedicated years of her professional career in early childhood education settings – focusing on our youngest populations – both as an educator and director. She advocates for appropriate education services and opportunity for all children. Tara obtained a BA in Psychology from Georgian Court University and then ambitiously went on to complete the accelerated teaching program in Elementary and Special Education.
Patti Brown, Pediatric Nurse & Health Consultant
Patti L. Brown, BSN RN, is a pediatric nurse with over twenty-four years of experience. She has enjoyed working with children in many different areas of nursing including neurology, endocrinology, acute care, intensive care, and outpatient pediatrics. For thirteen years, she worked as a pediatric nurse consultant for the Division of Child Protection and Permanency providing healthcare case management for children in foster care. She educated parents, families, and social workers on many aspects of infant care, health and development of children, and child-specific care needs. In her most recent role as a Pediatric Educator, Patti provided education to pediatricians and their office staff on the importance of growth as a health indicator and the many causes of growth failure in children. Patti has been a guest lecturer at Richard Stockton University, helping to educate social work students on child growth and development. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Patti also enjoys creative writing, and earned her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont.
Helping Others Grow has an active facilities team who helps with interior and exterior maintenance and improvements.