A Rocky Start
Kevin began working in a computer lab in Toledo, Ohio. He quickly went on to teach computer software applications in Toledo and Detroit auto factories. This started the snowball effect for him.
He started developing customized training courses for area non profits in hopes that people who had difficulty communicating could use a computer as a vehicle to overcome some obsticles. He developed a device for a child who couldn't use his hands using an extension of a doctors head stethoscope. He made the end rigid and put a pencil end cap eraser on it so the boy could use the motion of his head to work the keyboard. On the thank you card which was computer generated by the boy, he called Kevin a Wizzard.
Helping his friend help others.
His friend was a social worker who had plenty of clients but not a lot of ways to get them to work. Kevin developed a program for the local Welfare Department to help those who were capable, write resumes, send out and fill out job applications and generally what would be needed to help them go from Welfare to Work.
Customized material for specialty programs
Kevin got a reputation amongst educators, non profits and area business for listening to their needs and trying to come up with solutions. He helped form foundations for causes that included gun violence, drunk driving, specialized educational material and other items including computer construction, computer repair and desktop publishing (as it was formerly known).
Training the Trainers
Kevin moved to New Mexico in 1994 and quickly went to work with the Las Cruces Public Schools to train their office staff with the latest versions of their word processing programs. It was there he caught the eye of the Associate Superintendent for Instruction and the Head of Educational Services who put him to work on a special project.
LCPS Educational Television
He met Dayna on AOL in early 1994 which was one of the reasons for the move to New Mexico. From there, LCPS TV was an idea from Dr. Earl Phillips, then Director of Educational Services. He had applied for and received FCC licenses to operate four analog ITFS (Instructional Television Fixed Signal) channels. The problem was that there was a timeline to get something on the air so the FCC would see progress.
He leased three of the four channels to the local cable company to help them expand but reserved the rights as to the programming that was shown. The fourth channel was the job of Dr. Phillips, Kevin and the cable company but time was of the essence. The school district was well into the last extension when Kevin took the project and with the help of the cable company, Dr. Phillips and Kevin got the signal up in time.
It didn't stop there. They put together a network of satellite studios at the high schools in the school district so the entire system could experience the Visual Arts of broadcasting in their schools. It didn't stop there either. The school board room was wired so the community could see the meetings in real time. The ultimate dream was to have all the schools linked together and broadcasting to the hub school for transmission to the homes. This could be invaluable when it came to absent students. Well before the Internet came into the picture.
Tobacco Free Las Cruces
The school district wanted very much to work with a local non-profit to rid the schools of tobacco products. The district became aware of a grant to help them in their quest but the problem was the grant application window expired in less than 48 hours.
Kevin took the information and wrote the grant proposal in time for submission and ultimately approved so the project could move forward.
On the Air
Parents could listen to morning announcements from the school in the comfort of their car. With On-the Air, schools were equiped with low frequency transmitters and the means to broadcast to limited areas. This was good for announcements, how traffic should flow in and out of the school and anything else the school wanted to broadcast.
Unlike the television station, the radio stations were not limited to the high schools. Elementary and Middle Schools could get one at a reasonable cost.
State of New Mexico Television Network
Kevin traveled throughout the state of New Mexico working on linking schools to the states Public Television Network. At the time, there were only three stations in the Public Television family so he had to be creative to get the signal to even the most remote of areas. Some schools barely had materials so the cause was a worthy one.
The boldest project Kevin ever did. The Transitions Project was a 'no nonsense' to getting people off Welfare and into the workforce. Everything was included right down to alarm clocks so the people wouldn't oversleep.
The cost was minimal but needed cooperation from a lot of entities in the public sector. He recruited places like Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army for goods and some services. This would keep their people employed while helping others get a hand up.
Dayna and Kevin presented the completed project, all 3000 pages of it including an outline to Senator Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico. Dayna and Kevin were looking for some Federal backing and the Senator was just the guy to get it done for them.
The project was turned into a bill and debated on the floor of the Senate. Unfortunately, it was decided that the issue was a state project and not federal so they didn't get the funding they were looking for.
Letters and outlines were sent to the Governors of a dozen states and the project was deemed too involved to be taken on.
Kevin did all this while teaching and developing courses at the local Community College.
After a few heart attacks and losing Dayna in 2011, Kevin writes, creates and restores graphic images and lives quietly in his suburban Las Vegas home.