Kevin I. J. A. Barnett, Sr. is a native of East Orange, New Jersey. An Army veteran, Kevin retired in 2008 after 20 years and tours of duty in Europe, Afghanistan and the U.S. Kevin earned a Master of Science degree in Information Management Technology with distinction.

Kevin is married to Sharon F. Pelham. He is the proud father of four sons: Kevin, Isaiah, Charles, Darrius, one daughter Patrice, and stepfather to Samantha.