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 has served 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. 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 started his service in 1981; and 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.
Maxwell Kennady Treasurer
Maxwell Kennady serves as Treasurer of Pioneer Knowledge Services (PKS). He is currently a student at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he is a candidate for Master of Science in Public Policy and Management – Data Analytics Track.
Kennady completed his undergraduate thesis on the use of KM technology by a small nonprofit. He is passionate about using technology and data to further social missions and improve social and public sector programs.
Before moving to Pittsburgh, Mr. Kennady worked for the North American Association for Environmental Education on data analytics and online community management. He is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), having served in Mali and Benin from 2015 to 2016 as a community economic development agent.
Kennady has previously worked in nonprofit management, city government, and web development. He graduated summa cum laude from the Angelo State University Honors Program in San Angelo, Texas, in 2014 with a dual BBA in Management Information Systems and International Business.
Kennady’s interest in knowledge management (KM) in nonprofits stems from an undergraduate experience serving on the board of directors of a local animal rescue. He completed his Honors thesis on the use of KM technology by a small nonprofit and is passionate about using technology to further social missions and improve nonprofit and public sector programs.