Keven McDermott (Kev) was born in Pittsburg, PA. Her father was an army officer so the family moved frequently. She lived in Japan for three years, where she developed a love of Japanese art and culture, especially Japanese flower arrangement known as ikebana.
After her father retired from the army, the family settled in Kankakee, IL. Kev loved the small community where the neighbors all knew each other. She especially enjoyed riding her bike to the local state park where she could observe the area wildlife.
Kev was born loving animals. Her first baby toy was a stuffed dog. As a teenager she preferred dog sitting to babysitting. Since 1978 her spare time has been managed by a succession of Australian Shepherds, all of whom stole her heart.
Kev attended Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, where she majored in American Studies. Graduating from Lawrence in 1970 with a liberal arts degree, she headed to Washington D.C.
After working as a waitress for two years to pay the bills, she found a job as an investigator with the federal government. The job seemed a perfect fit as she spent her workday asking questions and resolving conflicts.
In 1974 Kev moved to Seattle to be closer to the mountains and the open spaces she loves. Over the next fifteen years she conducted personnel security investigations and equal employment investigations for two federal agencies.
In 1990 Kev landed her dream job with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Working first as a civil investigator and later managing the field investigations group, Kev embraced the agency mission – to protect human health and the environment.
Kev retired from the EPA in 2009 to spend more time with her family and to pursue her childhood dream – caring for vulnerable dogs.
In 2009 Kev joined the Old Dog Haven network of foster homes, and since then has had one or more elderly dogs in her pack. Kev seeks out the ‘throw away’ dogs that no one else wants. These dogs find their forever home with Kev and her pack, where they receive the love and care they so richly deserve.
Kev became aware of Sarvey ten years ago after she discovered a crow with a broken wing in her backyard. When the Sarvey ambulance arrived around midnight to collect the patient, she knew Sarvey had to be a very special organization. Fast forward ten years and Kev is honored to be the newest board member and looks forward to supporting the amazing work of the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center.