Our Leaders

KNS Institute has experts that are ready to provide excellent tools. With skills, education, knowledge and practical experience, youth will receive the highest standard of resources and training in Delaware.

Dr. Karen Hutchins, a Belizean native, is a mentor whose life is reaching many worldwide.  Pastor Karen along with her husband, Bishop Norman E. Hutchins, are Co-Founders of Frontline Ministries in Dover, Delaware.  In 2015, Pastor Karen accepted her God given mandate to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and was ordained Evangelist and appointed Pastor.  She is devoted to the vision of the ministry and is actively involved in many aspects of the church, assisting her husband and supporting the community.  She has received many accolades including receiving her Bachelor of Biblical Studies, Doctor of Divinity, and the Senate Certificate of Recognition 2016 Amazing Stars Award.

Dr. Karen is the President of the Daughters of Destiny Women’s Ministry.  Her teachings inspire and challenge women to develop a strong relationship with God and with their families.  She is an anointed, uncompromising teacher of the Word of God.  Pastor Karen Hutchins is known as a woman of great wisdom; her love and compassion for God’s people – of all ages – is prevalent in all she does.

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Karen Hawes

Assistant Director


Karen Hawes is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She has been employed with the State of Delaware for over twenty years, and is currently a Special Education Specialist, coaching teachers, and developing strategies to improve the academic performance of Delaware’s students.  Her educational philosophy is understanding the importance of teaching the whole student, socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually.  

Ms. Hawes received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Wilmington University and holds two Masters Degrees in middle level education and school leadership.  Ms. Hawes has received numerous awards and certificates during her employ with the Smyrna School District.  She was selected as Teacher of the Year for her successful development and implementation of a behavior modification program in 2005.    

Karen Hawes is an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, operating in the gifts of the fivefold ministry since 1997.   Ms. Hawes is a mentor to our youth and women of today.  By the leading of the Holy Spirit, Ms. Hawes joined Frontline Ministries in 2018, and became a part of the Frontline Youth Department Ministry, Intercessory Prayer Group, and an instructor for the adult Sunday school.  In 2019, she joined the ministerial staff at Frontline and partnered with Dr. Karen Hutchins’ vision for KNS Institute.  Ms. Hawes is currently serving as the Assistant Director for KNS Institute, and her goal continues to be supporting our youth’s development as successful leaders in an ever-changing society.     


Maria Parham-Talley

Professional Developer

  • Effective Communicator with At-Risk Students

  • Effective Communication with Parents and Community

  • Recipient of 21st Century Grant (Twice)

  • School in Need of Improvement Turnaround Principal

  • Dynamic Speaker

  • Advocate for Children

  • Ordained Elder

Maria Parham-Talley is a retired elementary principal.  Mrs. Talley retired from the Clifton, NJ public schools’ system after serving as principal of Clifton Public School Number 12. For 17 years.  She began her career in the Paterson Public Schools as a bilingual paraprofessional in 1988.  Mrs. Talley pursued a degree in African American Caribbean Studies in hopes of becoming a high school social studies teacher.  She went to school at night and graduated summa cum laude in 1994 from William Paterson University.  Upon graduation, she was immediately recruited to teach at the elementary level, which is where is she remained until 2004.  Mrs. Talley went on to pursue a master’s degree in Educational Leadership also at William Paterson University.    Mrs. Talley graduated once again summa cum laude and received various academic awards.  Mrs. Talley accepted a position in the Clifton Public Schools, where she was the first Hispanic principal in the district. 

Mrs. Talley’s mantra was and always will be “knowledge is Power”.  Her repertoire of experiences allowed her to respond to and develop interventions along with the invested stakeholders of the professional learning community.  These interventions were research based best practices that utilized measurable data to develop smart goals and achievable strategies which address achievement gaps.  Mrs. Talley is an adamant believer that utilizing effective communication is the only way to empower all members of the school community in order to be effective  change agents in the lives of their students.