Kevin J. Tusan was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 30, 1956. He grew up with five siblings in a family of very modest means. Kevin received his formative education in the New Orleans Public School System. Upon graduating from high school in May of 1974, he entered Howard University in September of that year as a freshman. While matriculating at Howard, he majored in Broadcast Management with a minor in TV/Film Production. Because he loved the game of football, he was undeterred by many people who thought that he was too small to play on the college level and decided to walk on to Howard’s football team as a freshman. However, he was fortunate to play for four years—the last three on scholarship. During his sophomore year, he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and also joined the Army ROTC program.
Upon completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree studies at Howard University, Kevin began a career with American Airlines, Inc., in Fort Worth, Texas that lasted for 27 years. During his years with American Airlines, he held a number of positions that included a sales reservationist, gate/ticket agent, and operations coordinator. While simultaneous establishing his career at American Airlines, he worked as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Corps. In 2008, Kevin took advantage of an early retirement option offered to senior employees to pursue other career ambitions. In 2001, after 22 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserve Corps, Kevin retired at the rank of Major.
In July of 2008, he returned to the Washington D.C. area. For a brief period, he entertained pursuing employed with the Federal government. However, he subsequently decided that he would concentrate his efforts on expanding the growing a foundation that he established in memory of his eldest son, Joseph D. Tusan, who was murdered in a hate crime in 2004 (approximately 6 weeks after enrolling as a freshman at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma). The JDT Foundation, www.jdtf.org , is a faith-based organization established to mentor, tutor, teach life skills, and to raise funds to assist high school seniors from underprivileged families.
Presently, Kevin serves as the CEO and Vice-President of the JDT Foundation. In October of 2009, Kevin undertook the responsibility of being the Director of the “Boys to Men Program” for the Ridge Road Recreation Center in Washington, D.C. The initial first day of the program is scheduled to begin January 12, 2010. The “Boys to Men Program” is envisioned to become a flag-ship youth program that could possibly serve as a prototype for other urban youth programs. Kevin contemplates envisions establishing a network that would support the activities of the Ridge Road Recreation Center in this community as well as in other cities throughout the country. The first phase will be held between the southeast coast cities like Richmond, Raleigh – Durham, Charleston, Atlanta, Birmingham, Shreveport, Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston, New Orleans, and Miami. The “Boys to Men” logo is a national and international brand. It is anticipated that after a couple of years of operation, the young men participating in this program will have gained a world view perspective.