Kevin Kern is the Chief Operating Officer at The Center. He joined the organization in 2007 and has over 18 years of nonprofit leadership experience working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. As the COO, Kevin is responsible for the overall operation and continuous quality improvement of The Center’s programs and services. Kevin graduated from Bellevue University with a Bachelor of Science in Human and Social Services Administration, as well as a Master of Public Administration, and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Public Administration at Walden University. Outside the Center, Kevin is active on several Boards to include the Intellectual and Developmental Needs Council of Harris County as former President and current Director, the Private Providers Association of Texas, and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). Aside from Board volunteerism, Kevin is also a member of the I/DD Planning Advisory Council with the Harris Center for Mental Health and I/DD. Kevin has also served on the Advisory Council for Houston Community College’s VAST Academy, a program developed by the University for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as a 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.