Kirk has been proudly married to his wife Venessa, (MBA, Accounting Professional), for 25 years and they have three wonderful adult sons, daughter in-law and one grandson. Their oldest and youngest sons are now serving in the United States Army, and their middle son is college studying film and graphic design. Since 1989 Kirk has served in government and private sectors and higher education, as Army noncommissioned officer, corrections supervisor, nonprofit senior executive, board volunteer and college professor. He also established a non-profit business and church operations consulting firm.
Kirk was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He grew up in a single parent home, with 7 siblings in one of the most economically challenged communities in Cincinnati. His community was crime, drug, and alcohol infested. Poverty and hopelessness were cultural norms. In effort to stay out of the trouble that was so prevalent, Kirk spent his time playing sports at the Boy’s Club (now Boy’s and Girl’s Club). As a teen he worked several jobs, e.g., a fry cook, a golf caddie, and bus-boy to name a few. For various reasons Kirk struggled through grade school until his final two years of high school. At the beginning of his junior year, he decided that he wanted more out of life than what he witnessed in his community. After graduating, Kirk served in the United States Army for 7 years achieving the rank of Corporal. He has served in South Korea and throughout the United States.
Kirk is a published author and op-ed columnist. He now proudly serves as the President & CEO of Religious Community Services, Inc.(RCS). RCS serves more than 100,000 individuals and families annually throughout Pinellas County, FL, as a leader in addressing hunger, homelessness and domestic abuse through innovative programs and services with an operating budget of well $10 million. Prior to accepting his current role he served as President & CEO of YMCA’s supporting several communities in Western MA, leading operational and financial growth while providing high-quality services and supports to the most vulnerable among us across the region. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor/Instructor for Springfield College across various campuses, specializing in human services, leadership development, social justice, community engagement, marketing for nonprofits, organizational change, and public policy advocacy within both undergraduate and graduate studies programs. Embedded within his consulting work, Kirk nationally produced financial security solutions for small businesses, families and individuals in association with multiple brokers and carriers.
Kirk has been an executive level operator of non-profit organizations, residential facilities, family centers, summer camps, community centers, community-based initiatives and social justice champion, as a President/CEO, District and Group Vice President, Senior Executive, and Director. He is also an ordained minister, and has been a motivational speaker and lecturer for over 20 years. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Science of Human Services and a Master of Science of Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College. He is a recent Doctoral Candidate (Ph.D.) in Human Services, specializing in Non-Profit Management & Leadership at Capella University. He is a nationally certified Nonprofit Organizational Leader & Leadership Development Professional.
Kirk has served on several boards supporting nonprofit community-based and higher education institutions. He has been featured on numerous national and local television shows and in news publications and magazines discussing community leadership development, education, fundraising, human and social service work in suburban, rural and urban communities and professional staff development. Kirk has been humbled by God’s mercy, Jesus’ power, and the Holy Spirit’s presence. He’s also been humbled by the love and patience of his wife and all the wonderful men and women who’ve given him opportunities. Kirk considers every aspect of his life as an opportunity to improve the lives of all those around him.