I grew up in Auburn Hills Michigan where I attended my primary and secondary school. My family owns a summer cottage near the Grand Haven State Park. My family spent most of our summers over on the west side of Michigan enjoying Lake Michigan and waterskiing on Spring Lake. I graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Business Administration/Management Degree. After college I moved to California where I worked in the aerospace industry for Boeing, McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, Thales Avionics and Parker Hannifin Aerospace Division. Following my many years in aerospace I was fortunate to visit some aviation facilities in China. I fell in love with the Chinese language, history, culture, architecture, scenery, large urban areas, people and food. After teaching English in China for ten years I felt it was time to return to America. Decided to return to western Michigan where I remember my wonderful summer experiences. Happy to join the St. Mary’s Staff and get to know the people who are ministered by this organization.
My two sons grew up in California, but attended schools in different states. Luke graduated from Northern Arizona University, while Paul is completing his studies at Baylor University in Texas. I enjoy snow and water sports with my sons when we get together. The seasons here in Michigan allow me to participate in a variety of outdoor sports which I was exposed to during my academic life at Northern Michigan University where I was on the National Ski Patrol and obtained my Scuba Divemaster certification in the Lake Superior waters.