Our People


Edwin K. Morris M.S., CKMP    President and Founder 

Mr. Morris is the president and founder of Pioneer Knowledge Services (PKS), a non-profit organization with a charitable purpose.  PKS involves clients in customizing knowledge solutions and training to cultivate an organizational disposition and culture that values knowledge as a sustainable asset.  He is also teaches as an adjunct instructor for Kent State University's School of Digital Sciences and in the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management graduate program, from which he earned his M.S. in 2012.  His article, "Knowledge management and value creation within an organization: U.S. Army wartime operations relief in place" was published in the Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin in 2011. He earned the Thomas J. Froehlich Award from Kent State in 2013 recognizing academic excellence and promise for leadership in the field of information architecture and knowledge management.

In 2016 Morris was selected by Kent State University's School of Library and information Sciences peers and faculty as the 2016 Alumnus of the year. This honor recognized Morris for his significant contribution to the knowledge management profession.

A disabled veteran, Morris was deployed to Iraq twice — as a sergeant in 2004 and then as a second lieutenant in 2005.  In the years thereafter, he served as a contracted trainer, doctrine writer, lessons learned knowledge leader, and knowledge management lead for various government contractors serving Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, AZ.

Emily F. Morris, Ph.D.   Treasurer 

Emily enjoys volunteering for Pioneer Knowledge Services to expand the capacity of nonprofit organizations.  She has worked in the nonprofit realm for nearly 30 years in both key staff and leadership roles.  Currently, she is the executive communications director for Kent State University.  She has served on numerous non-profit boards and committees with a focus on helping them to expand their capacities by telling compelling, authentic stories using both traditional and new media strategies.  ​She is the former vice president for university relations at St. Bonaventure University where she held responsibilities for marketing, enrollment and fundraising.  Prior to that, she was the executive to the president for university communications and administrative initiatives at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. 

Board of Directors

Kathryn Dillon Hogan, M.S.

Kate has served in higher education administration for more than 30 years. Her experience includes strategic planning, budgeting, leadership and compliance. Kate has held leadership positions at private, public and for profit institutions at the university and community college level. Her positions have enabled her to develop expertise in bringing together different points of view and expectations in a collegial and successful way. Kate has provided training for staff development and leadership to related organizations and committees. As a volunteer, Kate has served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Cactus/Pine Girl Scout Council.

 Keith Davis M.S., CKMP

Keith is a retired military communicator with more than thirty years of experience in the art and science of communications. His experience includes leadership, community building, teaching and mentoring. Keith has held leadership and facility level positions  from the  strategic, operational and tactical. His experience developed into expertise in bringing thousands together for the common cause of learning and adapting while bringing clarity to the complexity of the 21st Century. Keith currently professionally develops the leaders of the future at the Cyber Center of Excellence for the United States Army.

 Dr. Barbara Miller ​​​

As a retired faculty member of Edinboro University, Dr. Barbara Miller planned, prepared, taught face-to-face and web-based courses, and supervised K-12 principal interns. With research interest of curriculum and instruction she has served as a consultant to local districts, served on the Edinboro University Wide Curriculum Committee, NCATE accreditation committee and Edinboro University Senate. Dr. Miller has been active in local and state professional organization of PASCD Executive Board serving as Diversity co-chair. She has presented at the Fifteenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and change in Organizations, Leadership and Excellence for Administrators in PA School conference, co-authored a proposal for creating and developing professional education courses and programs for system and school leaders, have revised a number of Educational Leadership courses and has been involved in a pilot initiative with PDE and six higher education institutions to develop innovative models of best practice in educational leadership preparation programs. Her experience as a teacher, middle and elementary principal has provided practical experiences and knowledge when working with K-12 principal graduate students. Dr. Miller and her husband and are the proud parents of two sons, their wives and five wonderful grandchildren.

Alana Geary

Alana Geary is the Director of Knowledge Management at Ascentria Care Alliance, Inc., one of the largest human service nonprofits in New England. The organization’s work to help build communities where everyone has the chance to achieve their full potential is reflected in its current efforts to develop an innovative model of care that focuses on achieving individual self-sufficiency and overall health and well-being. Geary is passionate about using knowledge management as a tool to attain this goal while engaging people and creating a culture of learning and information sharing that has the potential to influence and accelerate positive social change. Geary is currently enrolled as a graduate student at Kent State University’s Information Architecture and Knowledge Management Master’s degree program.

Kristen Summers

Kristen Summers is the Grants Manager at Saint Luke's Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio where she manages the application process and grants database and drives Knowledge Management practices within the organization. She is a graduate of Kent State University with a B.S. and M.A. in French Translation, and is currently pursuing her Graduate Certificate in Knowledge Management. Prior to working in the nonprofit field, Kristen worked in the field of higher education or international students. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and knitting.​​