Kelly Lyon, Raytown South High, Class of 1983
Kelly Lyon, Raytown South High School, Class of 1983
Kelly Lyon graduated from Raytown South High in 1983 as Valedictorian. In a mostly male technical school, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, she received a Computer Science degree in 1987, graduating magna cumme laude.
After graduation, Kelly began her career at Strategic Financial Planning Systems in Alexandria, Virginia, as Lead Programmer. The following year, she worked at Encore Computer in Plantation, Florida as a Software Engineer.
From 1997 to 2004, she was the Senior Programmer for Sun Microsystems, developing and leading many storage application projects with an emphasis on distributed Graphic User Interface management and cross-platform access and standards. She was the Senior Development Verification Test Engineer for Emulex Corporation, working onesite at Sun (later Oracle) in Broomfield, Colorado from 2005 to 2014.
Currently, Kelly is a team lead and Senior Software Test Engineer for Campus Management Corporation in Boca Raton, Florida. She has sole responsibility for the quality of the new Forms Builder product that allows customers to create their own web-based custom student-facing forms for all processes at a university.
Kelly has continuously worked on innovative technology and new applications with many achievements, including most recently being selected as a Stars Award Winner for Teamwork at Campus Management Corporation. This is a company-wide award given once a quarter on five pillars - teamwork, innovation, integrity, customer focus, and performance.
Kelly received a degree from the New York Institute of Photography in 2001. She sells her wildlife photographs and had two of them published in the National Wildlife Federation’s 2015 North American Wildlife calendar. You can see her work at the Gateway store at Rocky Mountain National Park Fall River Visitor Center.
Kelly has volunteered with many environmental organizations over the years, was a docent at Miami Metro Zoo, and most recently volunteered with Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP) where she has saved the lives of thousands of baby sea turtles, ensuring when disoriented by manmade lighting, they still get safely to the ocean. She has traveled to six continents, including her dream trip to go on an African safari. She was an extra in an episode of Miami Vice (1989), and in 2005, she won the co-ed (mostly male) Sun Microsystems Golf League with her friend, Erin. Kelly and her husband Steven Duke, a Raytown South High Class of 1978 graduate, live in Boca Raton, Florida. Kelly is the stepmom to two sons, Ethan and Clinton.