Kevin Shine is a member of the board of directors of Swim Across America and is the current vice president of Verizon Information Technology which promotes the Open Systems Engineering, Support and Operations for VerizonTelecom, VerizonBusiness and VerizonWireless. He previously lead the Verizon Information Processing Services (VIPS) organization for Verizon Telecom and Verizon Business. Shine has 22 years of experience in the IT industry, including a decade with IBM as a systems engineer, client manager, and certified consultant. Present-day responsibilities include the management of Verizon’s vast open-systems computing infrastructure and operations services for the three major Verizon network business units. This includes an installation base of over 30,000 open-systems servers in 19 domestic datacenters. In addition to Swim Across America, Shine is involved with many local charities, serving on the Board of MercyFirst Children and Family Services in Syosset, New York, and on the executive committee for our Nassau/Suffolk, Long Island, events. He graduated from Boston College in 1984 with a degree in computer science and mathematics and currently resides in Garden City, New York with his wife Loree and six children: Erinn, Bethany, Cathryne, Brenna, Mackenzie and Meredith.