Central Office

Meet our Central Office Team
SHADES of Development works hard to develop systems and processes that ensure quality in afterschool programming.  The Central Office staff work dilligently to provide support, guidance and oversight in programming, fisical management, HR, oversight and compliance.  We are please to introduce the SHADES Central Office Team!

Sindy Dawkins-Schade

President/Executive Director

Sindy Dawkins-Schade is the founding officer of SHADES of Development.  She began the non-profit organization in 1995 to address the growing needs of parents and families for safe, high quality afterschool programs.  SHADES of Development has been serving the Knoxville community through out-of-school-time programming and services under the leadership of Sindy since that time.  

Sindy has a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and a Master's Degree in Education with a specialization in School-Age Care.

Sindy is passionate about her work with children and believes that the relaxed, flexible environment of afterschool programs has a huge impact on all aspects of a child's growth and development.
Stacey Duncan

Field Supervisor

Stacey Duncan has been a member of the SHADES Team since 1997.  She began her career with SHADES working directly with kids.  Through her enthusiasum, passion for children and ability to learn whatever was thrown her way, Stacey quickly moved up through the administrative channels to become the second in command at SHADES of Development.  At times Stacey has handled all aspects of the organization's needs.  Currently Stacey focuses on staffing, compliance, health and safety, the food program and the DHS voucher program.
Edna Gibson

Finance Office/Volunteer Coordinator
Emily Harless

Curriculum Specialist