Born and raised in Flint, MI, I grew up hopelessly in love with the sport of baseball, and spent many fall weekends going to University of Michigan football games with my grandfather and my dad. I graduated from the now closed Flint Central High School in 1994.
I graduated from the University of Michigan in Flint in 2000 with a degree in history and math, and I honestly can’t think of a combination that would have prepared me more for the real world. While there I met my best friend, soulmate and wife, Lisa. We married on March 31, 2001, and took each other’s name (that would be the reason for the hyphen).
In May 2002, we relocated to Tampa, Florida so Lisa could attend graduate school. In 2005 we moved to Gainesville, Florida for work purposes. Then in 2008, we moved to the Kansas City area, also for a job opportunity. I have since moved back to my adopted state of Florida in 2010, and my plans (we’ll see how well this works) are to stay here for a very long time to come.
My passion in life is travel, and I am so lucky that my best friend goes with me everywhere. I love diversity and trying new things, even if they make me uncomfortable. I feel understanding is the opposite of fear, and I hope to convey that in my messages and in the way I live. We also love to read just about anything (that happens when you are married to a librarian). I also have a heart for the less fortunate, and want to play my part to bring justice into little corners of the world.