Management & Org Leadership

Leveraging graduate work in strategic marketing, economics of information & managing IT innovation, Kent became a managing director for Computing Services at Erie Neighborhood House (a Settlement House providing comprehensive social services founded in 1897). In this capacity, Kent held a seat on the Erie's leadership team with shared responsiblity for financial and operational oversight. Responsibilities spanned the full range of management duties including bugeting, fundraising, board relations, and program development. A principle achievement was the development of the award-winning Erie Technology Center, a chicago-based CTC embedded within Erie Neighborhood House. Kent has served on a wide range of boards, examples include the Advisory Board of Loyola University's Center for Information Management for the Professions, Technology Working Group Member at Loyola University's Center for Urban Research & Learning, and Board Member of the Chicago Area Furniture Designer's Association.

Selected Erie Technology Center Awards (1995-2000) include:

Urban Leadership Award ($434,000)
Presented by the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation ($434,000) presented to Erie to develop innovative community-based technology education centers on Chicago's northwest side.

Learning in a Global Environment ($150,000)
A National Kellogg Foundation Education Grant presented to leverage technology to provide educational services to at-risk youth.

Digital Divide Brdige Grant ($100,000)
Presented by the AOL Foundation to develop innovative connectivity & network solutions for inner-city day care providers with emphasis on childcare information & entrepreneurial resources.

Chicago Spirit Award ($50,000)
Presented by the Sara Lee Foundation to Erie for innovative application of technology to meet community education needs for low-income urban residents

Digital Steppingstones Award for Exemplary Information Technology Public Access
Presented by the Thomas Rivera Policy Institute for exemplary practical uses of information technology in diverse learning environments.

Projects & Collaborations


Personal Health
Information Management
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Catalyzing Social Support During Cancer Care
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Founding Director (1995 - 2000) of Erie Technology Center, a community technology center (CTC) providing technology services to critical-need immigrant populations in Chicago within Erie Neighborhood House (a Settlement House founded in 1897) read more >