Alison Kimbrough McClain (Kim):
Douglas Kimbrough McClain:
Malcolm E. McClain:Education:
Jefferson Elementary School, Spokane
Lewis and Clark High School, Spokane
Spokane Technical and Vocational School - Auto Mechanics
Keesler Technical Training Center - Ground Communications Equipment Repair
University of Idaho: BS (Business) 1963, Vocational Education Graduate Level
IBM: Punched Card Accounting Machines, 1963. Programming, 1964. Poughkeepsie: Systems
Programmer Training, Symbolic Logic
Extracurricular: Helped organize and was elected President of a campus political party at the
University of Idaho.
1963 - 1964: IBM Corporation, San Francisco, Sacramento, Stockton. Systems Engineer:
Designed and implemented business information systems for a variety of businesses.
1964 - 1966: IBM Corporation, Poughkeepsie, New York. Systems Programmer: specified,
designed and implemented Operating Systems modifications for IBM Customers
with special requirements that could not be met with IBM Type 1 software. Assisted
with design and development of special equipment for customers with special needs.
Evaluated peripheral devices for appropriate interfaces with mainframes and specified
the device drivers required.
1966 - 1967: The New York Shipping Association. Manager of Systems and Programming.
Responsible for real time business systems and batch processing systems that regulated
the daily hiring of Longshoremen in the Port of New York and Elisabeth, NJ and calculated
benefits due the Longshoremen based on the amount of work each performed on the waterfront.
1967 - 1970: Graphic Sciences, Incorporated and subsidiaries: As Account Manager, responsible
for managing up to 27 consultants on as many as 7 projects for 5 different clients. As
Director of Computer Leasing, was responsible for$13.5 million in computer equipment at
the premises of 13 different customers.
1970 - 1971: The Dairymen's Cooperative Creamery Association and subsidiaries: Controller. In
a busy time for the CoOp, the administrative and accounting functions of 3 other Creameries
were consolidated. Administrative and accounting methods were designed and implemented
for five recently acquired home delivery dairies and one manufacturing plant. A new chart of
accounts was developed to accommodate the change in scope of the organization.
Implemented Consolidating and Consolidated financial reports to aid the Board of Directors in
guiding the CoOp through this dynamic period.
1971 - 1972: Self employed. Established distribution business serving commercial and industrial
clients in Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, and Idaho.
1972 - 1975: Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Responsible for evaluation of the
methods and and procedures in use to determine whether some computer would help and
whether useful management information could be derived. Implemented a paper-based system
to test the validity of the management reports both for the working prosecutors (case load
management) and for the Prosecutor and Chief Criminal Deputy. Results were published and
presented at a national convention of District Attorneys. Decision was made to go ahead with
automation as an integrated component of a shared Criminal Justice Information System after
presentation to an assembly of Judges, Prosecutors, heads of Law Enforcement, and heads of
support entities such as the Regional Crime Lab, Jail, Records and Identification, Probation,
Parole and so forth. A key component of the presentation was a network diagram showing
the information flows among the agencies, and depicting how that information could be shared
via a computer. Improved quality was a key consideration. It was shown how the information
could flow in duplex for accuracy. For example, the Prosecutor makes a decision to file charges,
which results in some carefully prepared legal documents with automated word processing.
From those documents information was added to the ACJIS (Automated Criminal Justice
Information System) by the Prosecutor's Office; which already contained information about the
defendant and alleged criminal activity from Law Enforcement and the Jail. When the papers
were carried to the Court, the Case Record on the computer would be brought up by the
Court Clerk's office and checked against the papers for accuracy. Both agencies have a vested
interest in the accuracy of the information, so this validation was carried out with some vigor.
The scope of the system was extended to include appellate courts all the way up to the US
Supreme Court. This design is now implemented in all 39 Counties of the State of Washington,
and by some offices in other States.
1975-1979: North Idaho College, Coeur d'Alene, ID. As Manager of Data Processing a computer
center was built and operated to serve academic needs, Registrar needs, and to provide a
hands-on environment for students taking Vocational Data Processing. As Data Processing
Instructor an obsolete, failing curriculum was rewritten with major help from a Steering
Committee of employers in the area. The computer system was replaced with more
appropriate type of computer for the needs of the College and of the students. During
this period I was invited by the Association for Systems Management to teach some of
the seminars that the ASM offered in the USA and Canada.
1979 - 1996: FedEx Corporation, Colorado Springs, CO. As a performance analyst a system was
conceived and implemented to capture data on the fly from the real time business system
used at FedEx to arrange pick up and delivery of packages, and to use that data to statistically
forecast the extent to which additional computer hardware would have to be added to keep
up with the (at that time) ever increasing package volume, and with major additions being
made to include digital radios in delivery vans and bar code scanning of packages to track
them through the FedEx network. The results of that project were appreciated at FedEx,
and resulted in papers presented at an international convention of Airlines and at an
international convention of Statisticians. Later, as a Methodologist, the means by which
software was concieved, designed, and programmed were evaluated and documented.
Structured Analysis, Design, and Programming was evaluated and a particular method selected,
staff training was conducted, and "coaching" services were provided. A close liaison was
conducted with a start-up company to develop Computer Assisted Software Engineering
(CASE) tools to further improve the development process. FedEx bought several expensive
CASE workstations for both Memphis and Colorado Springs. A paper was presented at an
international convention of computer nerds interested in Structured Methodologies
and CASE assistance.
1996: Retired to a life of Organic Farming and the maintenance and improvement of street and farm
equipment, the Clanstead property and buildings.