Kevin Sooch, the eldest son of Janet Harman, joined the board in November 2013. He served as a junior board member during his high school years and is excited to have expanded responsibilities with the foundation. Kevin graduated from the University of Michigan with an electrical engineering degree. He is employed byNational Instruments in their engineering leadership program. His hobbies include gourmet cooking, golf and skiing.
Mark Williams currently retired, but involved in board/committee or other leadership positions with Center for Child Protection, Communities in Schools, United Ways of Texas, AwareAwakeAlive, Texas Exes, UT Rec Sports, Longhorn Village, Austin Partners in Education and Austin Public Education Foundation. Previously Mark had served on board of Community Action Network, West Austin Youth Association, Westwood Country Club, Envision Central Texas and Prevent Child Abuse Texas, and the Advisory Board of Any Baby Can. Most recently, Mr. Williams served as a Trustee of the Austin Independent School District for a decade and as Board Chair for the last six years.
Mark is married to Linda McCalla Williams and they have three children, two have graduated and are now attending college, and one still remaining in AISD. He and his wife have been active volunteers in their children's schools, including serving in various capacities in both the PTA and CAC organizations as well in booster clubs at their children's elementary, middle and/or high schools.
Eugene Sepulveda serves as CEO for the Entrepreneurs Foundation, an organization established by Austin’s high-tech entrepreneurial and venture capital communities to promote philanthropy and invest their financial and intellectual capital in Central Texas. After a career in banking and as the CFO for a semiconductor startup, Eugene taught social entrepreneurship and international business at the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business. He has a long history of community leadership in Central Texas and more broadly, having served in leadership capacities on numerous nonprofit, foundation and for profit boards of directors including the Austin Community Foundation, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, PeopleFund/PeopleTrust, Leadership Austin, Marfa Public Radio and the McDonald Observatory. Awards and recognitions include: Best Professor (Alpha Kappa Psi), Outstanding Elective Professor Nominee (UT MBA Program), Bill Ramsey Lifetime Achievement Award (Human Rights Campaign), Austin Under Forty, andEugene Sepulveda Day (City of Austin). Eugene earned his B.A. from Texas A&M University.
Kent recently retired as Principal/Founder of Mayes Method, a personal fitness firm focused on assisting his clients in reaching their full potential in sound health and fitness goals. Kent served as the Founder of Timberline Fitness Studios in Austin and Houston. Enthusiastic to serve in his board role at KDK-Harman, Kent sees this as an opportunity to expand his personal understanding of philanthropy and share the same beliefs as his wife, Janet Harman, about education being an essential means towards financial independence. Kent lives in Austin and Llano with his wife Janet.
When Janet Harman founded the KDK-Harman Foundation in December 2004, it launched her new career. When her children were young, she “retired” from her engineering career to focus on her family and philanthropy. Janet is passionate about improving public and charter school opportunities, and closing the achievement gap between high and low-income children. She spends the majority of her service work on setting the strategic direction of the foundation, learning about innovation in education, analyzing the issues, and leading the foundation staff. Janet splits her time between living in downtown Austin and at her Llano ranch, with her husband Kent. They have four adult children, Kevin, David, Kelly and Lauren.
The mission of the KDK-Harman Foundation is to break the cycle of poverty
through education while promoting a culture of giving excellence.