Helping Children Transition as Their Family Dynamics Change


Shimika Burk
Accounts Manager


Shimika Burk received a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She has worked in the Social Services field for over 12 years. Previously, Shimika worked at the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) as a Juvenile Corrections Officer for four years and later became a Juvenile Intake Specialist for the Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center. While at the Juvenile Detention Center, Shimika was a Evidence-Based Practices Trainer and helped implement new programs to assist youth with the transition back into society. Shimika is trained in Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and the Sanctuary Model.


Currently Shimika works full-time at Cornerstones of Care. Shimika began her career at Cornerstones of Care as a Family and Youth Specialist within the Acute Hospital and Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, she later became a Family Development Specialist, licensing and training new foster parents in the North Kansas City area. Currently, Shimika works at Cornerstones of Care as a Human Resources Generalist in Residential Services.


Shimika was raised by a single mother and can empathize with the trials some young people may encounter. Shimika’s ambition is to mentor at-risk youth and to show them their lives can have better outcomes then the things they may have witnessed or experienced as adolescence. Shimika began working at The Layne Project in January, 2017.

Grace Charlton
Administrative Assistant


Grace is pursuing a degree is criminal justice with a minor is psychology. She has previously worked in higher education, business, and most recently legal administration at the Jackson County Circuit Court in Criminal Records.


Grace began working with The Layne Project in 2017. She enjoys volunteer work with animal shelters and is training as a volunteer crisis counselor with Random Acts. She resides in Kansas City, Kansas with her three pets where she can be near her very large, eccentric family.

Jessica Morrow
Services Coordinator and Outreach Specialist


Jessica Morrow began advocating for children in KS in 2011 and previously worked at Families Together, Inc., where she specialized in working with families that included a child(ren) with special needs and/or special health care needs. In 2013 and 2014 Jessica attended Johnson County Community College where she studied Business Administration.


Jessica began working at The Layne Project in March, 2015 and transitioned into the role as the Services Coordinator and Outreach Specialist in July 2017. Jessica received certification in Program Management from the Supervised Visitation Network ( in July 2017. Jessica resides with her two children, Lukas and Boden in Johnson County, KS.