She moved from Florida to Tennessee to study at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and took a full time job there as an editorial assistant for the educational journal Education About Asia.
"I was fortunate to get the job on the journal. My degrees are in business administration and social/anthropology, so journalism was not my bailiwick. But the business background made me detail-oriented, and my fascination with people and cultures helped me to work with writers from around the world. It was a very natural fit," Kervin said.
In 2001, Kervin wanted to give up the two-hour-a-day commute to Chattanooga, taking a job as community reporter for the local paper, The Herald-News of Dayton, Tenn.
"One of the things I love about small towns is the warmth and the openness of the people. Lewisburg and Dayton are a lot alike. The communities are very similar and the people are wonderful. I have felt at home since the day I moved here. Everyone has been warm and welcoming," Kervin said.
In her spare time, Kervin enjoys working with teenagers and taking part in community improvement events. She is an avid reader and can frequently be found at the Marshall County Library.
"I think my children are still the greatest contribution I have made in this life. They are intelligent, warm and amazing people. But grandchildren are the most fun I think I have ever had," Kervin said with a grin. Her son and daughter are adults. She has two grandsons, ages six and two, and a granddaughter, two years old.