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Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Johnson '77

Kevin '77 and Lori (Watts) '77 Johnson and family (R to L): Andy Taube, Anne (Johnson) Taube, Tommy Johnson, Alysha Johnson, Lori and Kevin.

Name: Kevin Johnson
Year of Scecina graduation: 1977
College/University: Indiana University
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business/Accounting; CPA 
Current Position: CEO at Kocolene Development Corporation 

By Rose Branson

I was very humbled by this news. There are so many people that deserve this award more than me that it is hard to accept. The teachers, staff and administrators that devote their life to Catholic schools are the ones that deserve these types of awards.”

This is Kevin Johnson ‘77: kind and caring, humble, modest, and puts others before himself.

“Kevin is an incredible Scecina alumnus and Board member. He cares. He’s insightful and generous. He finds the good in people and ideas. I enjoy seeking Kevin’s advice and counsel because he is trustworthy, open-minded, and truly believes in the mission of the school,” says President Joe Therber. “Through the many years we have known each other, his impact on Scecina has been significant. My respect for Kevin has only grown over time, and he has a great sense of humor! I envision Kevin when I think of people who get a lump in their throat when they talk about Scecina.”

Kevin will receive the Career Achievement Award at the annual archdiocesan Celebrating Catholic School Values event on February 9, 2017. Not only is he a loyal Crusader, but he also is a supporter of many other Catholic causes. He attended Little Flower Catholic School, is a Holy Spirit parishioner and serves on the Scecina Board of Directors and Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Commission. His favorite ministry is Holy Spirit’s SPRED program. SPRED is program that provides religious education and social activities to developmentally challenged adults and children.

“The joy of being around, and sharing faith, with those with special needs is beyond words,” he says. “Our world would be a much better place if everyone looked at life like our special needs friends do, so loving and non-judgmental!”

Kevin began his Catholic formation at Little Flower grade school. Little did he know then that his childhood and Scecina classmate would become his future wife! Kevin and Lori (Watts) Johnson ‘77 have been married for 35 years and have two children, Anne and Tom.

“Little Flower was both my and my wife’s school. Both our families were members of the parish and we both feel like Little Flower was an important part of our faith development,” Kevin says.

Kevin also recalls important role models, like John Henninger, who impacted his faith.

“The examples of living your life the right way were demonstrated to me every day by the awesome people who worked at Scecina and volunteered their time at Scecina,” he says.

Kevin also ranked senior retreat highly on his list of memorable experiences. And every Crusader feels the strong connection with senior retreat – which, for some, is the first important spiritual step in his or her adult life.

Kevin is CEO of Kocolene Development Corporation, an investment holding company that supports warehouse and logistics businesses and the retail industry. Kevin is proud to say the company is 100% employee-owned and was named the 2016 Indiana ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Company of the Year.

Kevin is a proud Scecina alumnus. He believes that Scecina is the beacon of hope for the Eastside and alumni involvement is so important in continuing to be that light for the Eastside.

“I am so proud of the entire Scecina community and the impact it has had and will continue to have on the Eastside of Indianapolis,” he says. “I truly believe Scecina changes lives every day!”

8 comments (Add your own)

1. Senora Nichols wrote:
Hello Kevin. I am looking forward to the Catholic Values Awards Evening. Thank you for inviting me and Matt to sit at your table. I remember you well as a teenager who was respectful and hard working. At that time of your life you showed potential of becoming the wonderful person you are now. If John were here he would probably reflect upon the strong character you were developing as a student and as an athlete. We are always being guided through the different stages of our lives, and it means so much to our family that you have remembered John as an important part of your youth and formation. God bless you, Lori and your family today and for a blessed future. God bless your work among those less fortunate, and guide your footsteps as you lead others to joy-filled lives.

Sat, February 4, 2017 @ 1:08 PM

2. Bob Huser wrote:
Congratulations to you and Lori on this award, you both have accomplished many things over the years. You have much to be proud of, I have always had a great respect for your positive attitude and your humility. Enjoy the evening and keep up the good work! Wishing you both GOOD LUCK and continued successes.
Bob Huser

Mon, February 6, 2017 @ 7:08 AM

3. Angie Therber wrote:
Thank you, Kevin and Lori, for all you do for our community! I and my family have benefited immensely from your friendship and example for decades. God Bless you and yours!
Angie Therber

Mon, February 6, 2017 @ 7:23 AM

4. Brian Lyons wrote:
Congratulations Kevin and Lori on the award! Also kudos not forgetting where you come from and what it has done and for and meant to you! You are indeed great ambassadors of our catholic community and a true image of what Father Thomas Scecina stands for of "always giving that little extra and over everything putting on love".


Mon, February 6, 2017 @ 9:09 AM

5. Bea Remmetter-Paar wrote:
Congratulations Kevin. Your dedication is a beautiful quality to match the wonderful person you are. Well deserved. Congratulations to Lori a well for all she has done and all the support she has given you. God bless you both. Bea

Tue, February 7, 2017 @ 8:09 PM

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Inspiring story there. What occurred after? Good luck!

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