Kevin Kern joined The Center in 2007 and is the Center for Pursuit’s Chief Operating Officer. Kevin’s career in I/DD services has spanned over 20 years beginning with the Barber National Institute, a large cutting edge organization located in Pennsylvania with locations in Erie, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. It is at the Barber National Institute that Kevin found his true calling in working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
As the COO, Kevin oversees the overall operations and continuous quality improvement of all of The Center’s programs and services. Prior to assuming the COO position, Kevin served in various roles at The Center starting in 2007 as the Director of Willow River Farms, the Center for Pursuit’s rural campus, Director of Residential Services, and Chief Program Officer. Kevin is nearing completion of his Doctoral degree in Public Administration at Walden University and also holds a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor’s in Human and Social Services Administration from Bellevue University. Kevin is also certified as an Assisted Living Administrator through The Center for Health Education and Research.
Kevin is active on several Boards including the Private Providers Association of Texas, Bloom Fitness, a community around fitness and wellness for people with I/DD, and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), where he currently serves as the Treasurer. Previously Kevin served on the Board of the Intellectual and Developmental Needs Council of Harris County, serving as a board member and past President. Aside from Board volunteerism, Kevin is also a member of the I/DD Planning Advisory Council with The Harris Center for Mental Health & I/DD, and also previously served on the Advisory Council for Houston Community College’s VAST Academy, a program developed by the College for individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as an early start-up committee member for GiGi’s Playhouse of Houston. Kevin is committed to ensuring that individuals with I/DD have choices, opportunities, and the tools needed to help them thrive as participating members of the community.