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About Dear Doodles

What is Dear Doodles?

tree-houseDear Parents,

Hello, my name is Devon Holland aka “Doodles.”

I founded Dear Doodles when I was 15 to make kindness and inclusiveness cool for young kids. I believe that being kind and including others are at the core of feeling good about ourselves and creating healthy and happy families, schools, and communities. Happy and healthy communities will lead to a better, more inclusive, more peaceful world :)!

Being kind to others starts with a person feeling loved and valued themselves. Feeling good about who you are, and being resilient, help to give all of us, especially children, the courage to reach out and make someone’s day.

Doodles believes that it is never too early to start empowering kids to be kind to others. No act of sharing, smiling, helping, including, or caring is too small. That’s why I created the Kind Kid Crew, a fun group of characters who I hope will be role models and pals to the little kids we meet. I hope every child we meet wants to become a member of the Dear Doodles Kind Kid Crew.

Through Dear Doodles, I hope to achieve these goals…

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Why Dear Doodles?

Dear Doodles is all about making kindness and inclusiveness fun for young kids!

Our Goals:

  • Provide excitement, enjoyment and happiness for little kids by making them feel special through my letters and programs.
  • Make it cool to be a kind kid.
  • Help kids have fun with their families and friends.
  • Inspire kids to try something new — to lead, be creative, courageous and resilient.

Leadership Biographies

Devon Holland

aka “Doodles”, Founder, President, Creator, Co-Producer/Writer
Devon’s passion has always been helping people and saving the earth, especially young kids and little animals. Her empathy for others is what drives all her activities from her music projects to her inventions to the new business she is launching, Dear Doodles. Currently an 11th grader at the wonderful Nueva High School, she started Dear Doodles as her Quest project in the 10th grade at 15 years old to make kindness and inclusiveness cool for young kids. Devon believes that being kind and including others are at the core of feeling good about ourselves and creating healthy and happy families, schools, and communities. Happy and healthy communities will lead to a better, more inclusive, more peaceful world :)! Devon knows that being kind to others starts with a person feeling loved and valued themselves and believes it is never too early to start empowering kids to be kind — no act of sharing, smiling, helping, including, or caring is too small. She won the Fair Director’s Award at the County Science Fair for her invention, the Maji Mobile, designed to help women and babies in Africa carry clean water and has been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award the last two years. As an extrovert, she is learning Spanish so she can speak to 400 million or so more people. She loves to be outdoors, sing, ride, do musical theater, and travel. She skis, plays softball and volleyball. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite foods are pasta, ketchup (like Funny Frannie) and chocolate. She feels very blessed and grateful to the team that is assembling to help her make Dear Doodles and the Kind Kid Crew come alive, and to her amazing advisors and mentors who are ensuring that she provides programming consistent with the best research in the field of early child development.

Tom Kalinske

Chairman
Tom is the current chairman of Dear Doodles, Global Education Learning (GEL), and previously served as chairman for LeapFrog. He served as the CEO for LeapFrog, Knowledge Universe (KU), Sega of America, Inc., Universal Matchbox Group (NYSE), and Mattel. A book “Console Wars”, by Blake Harris tells the story of how Nintendo had a 98% share of market in 1990, but Sega, under Tom’s leadership, passed Nintendo in Share of Market by 1993. Tom has been credited with reviving Barbie and Hot Wheels brands, and introducing and developing He-Man Masters of the Universe and She-Ra TV series: increasing total revenues by $1.3 billion. Tom has been Awarded as a member of the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

Marvin D. Scaff

CEO & CTO
Marvin is the CEO and CTO of Dear Doodles and previously founding CTO at Dabbl, leading the effort to raise over $12M+ in venture capital. Marvin has led software development teams for Voqel, Accelerare, abeama, BrainBuzz, Kinetoscope, Image Technologies, and E-Merge. He developed the first interactive press kit for Disney, placed in the Disney Memorabilia Hall of Fame. Marvin has delivered projects for Nokia, Ford Motor Company, and Time Warner. As Co-founder and CEO of Kinetoscope, he developed Java intelligent agent platform, that served as the foundation for PowerMarket, a Silicon Valley startup backed by Kleiner Perkins and Norwest Venture Partners.

Mark Valenti

Mark is the Chief Creative Officer for Dear Doodles, with a writing career that encompasses nearly every dimension of family friendly content. He has written, edited, and produced more than 200 hours in films such as Back to the Future, My Friends Tigger and Pooh and Rugrats: In addition to writing and running over 100 episodes of Nickelodeon’s LazyTown, filmed in Iceland. He has scripted for ABC Family, Hallmark, NBC, Dreamworks, Paramount Studios, Twentieth-century Fox Studios, and Disney. Mark also re-imagined Disney’s California Adventures theme park, and managed Disney Interactive. Prior to his writing career, he served as VP of Development for John Hughes Entertainment, during the production period of Home Alone. Foundational skills were acquired with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, Oprah Winfrey and Sydney Pollack’s production companies.

Media & Design Team

Advisors

Huge thanks to my Early Child Development Mentors:

  • Janice Toben, Founder and Managing Director, Institute for Social and Emotional Learning
  • Christine Wang, Project Director, Teen Mental Health Initiative at Children’s Health Council
  • Jennifer Winters, Director, Stanford University’s Bing Nursery School & Lecturer, Department of Psychology
  • Jennifer Bloom-Smith, 1st Grade Teacher, 15 years
  • Catherine Castillo, Kindergarten Teacher, 25 years
  • Daphna Woolfe, 3rd Grade Teacher, 30 years