I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised by a single mother who worked six days a week as a barmaid. After becoming the first person in my family to graduate from high-school, I enlisted in the army and spent three years as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.
After the military I began college at Cleveland State University and was hired as a police officer in Euclid, Ohio where I served on the department’s SWAT team. While serving on the Department I graduated from Cleveland State with a dual major in history and political science. Most importantly, during this period, I married my wife, Melinda.
The next journey involved leaving the police department and Melinda and I moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan where I attended the University of Michigan Law School. During my final year in law school Melinda became pregnant with our daughter, Carson.
We returned to Cleveland just in time for Carson’s birth, and I spent the next six years working as a labor and employment attorney in a large national law firm. This period saw the birth of our second daughter, Dylan, and our son, Jackson.
Restless for a new adventure in 1998, Melinda and I packed up our three young children and moved to Alaska, sight unseen. Anchorage has been our home ever since. In addition to providing a great community in which to raise our children, Anchorage provided myriad professional and civic opportunities. Professionally, I have been able to build a successful law practice as a management-side labor and employment lawyer. Through this work I have had the good fortune to work closely with many of the best large and small businesses in Alaska.
Alaska also provided abundant opportunities for community and civic involvement. I spent thirteen years on the Board of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce (twice serving as Chair), I was appointed by Mayor Begich to the Municipal Employment Relations Board, by Mayor Sullivan to the Anchorage Transportation Commission and by Governor Murkowski to the State Mental Health Board (where I also served as Chair).
In 2014, I ran successfully for a seat representing District 6 (South Anchorage and Girdwood) on the Anchorage Assembly. My three years on the Assembly were both challenging and educational.