I was born in Ossining, New York in 1951. I moved to Miami at the age of 10 and graduated from Florida State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Science Education and Human Affairs. I met Cathy my first week in college and we were married in 1974. (Yes, we just celebrated our 40th anniversary!)
I taught middle and High school in Florida and Georgia half of the 30 years I taught, I helped develop and teach a special programs for gifted science students. I taught and studied addiction counseling in a long term residential rehab, outside of Atlanta, for adolescent addicts. While there, with help from Cathy and others, I was able to develop their small educational component into a fully accredited high school.
After 9/11, I served in the Georgia State Defense Force, a direct descendent of the Georgia Militia, famous for eatin’ goober peas, now part of the Georgia Department of Defense. I prepared as a first responder, especially in case of a biochemical hazard, and served as a Warrant Officer in their emergency communications division.
I was a candidate for the ill fated Challenger Teacher in the Space program with NASA in 1985-86″
I retired to Teton Valley in 2005, where I immediately began working again as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist, Drug Class Instructor, and Job Coach for mentally challenged adults and children~ first with the Aspen Center, then Teton Valley Counseling, Vista Family Services, and finally with Journey’s Developmental Disability Agency. Besides Cathy; my two children, my mother, and my mother-in-law have all lived in Teton Valley with me.
Since moving to Teton Valley, I have served for two years as Cub Master of Pack 185, and I am currently in my seventh year as Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 185 sponsored by St Francis Episcopal Church in Alta. My wife and I are District Eagle Board of Review Representatives with Grand Teton Council and BSA. I was recently asked to serve on the District Committee as Vice Chairman of Boy Scout Leaders Roundtable. I have served in the Teton Valley Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol as Deputy Commander, Chaplain, and Communications Officer. I am also registered with Teton County as a volunteer RACES/ARES Emergency Communications member.
As a former member of the Celtic Connection Pipes and Drums, I still occasionally play the bagpipes, but remember my mother’s definition of a gentleman, a man who can play the pipes, but doesn’t. In my spare time I like to garden.
After moving to Teton Valley almost ten years ago, I became aware of the Senior Center, and became quite close to the family of its original director, the late Ruby Parsons. I admired what she and others had created. The director and Ruby invited both my mother and mother-in-law to become involved with the Senior Center, in addition to several clients I was working with.
When offered the opportunity to serve on the board, I wanted to use that opportunity to give the stereotypical image that many have of a Senior Center, a makeover into one of a vibrant, active, outgoing group of adventurers. I want to be instrumental in bringing great activities like the Senior Cycle, our fun bus trips, the Valentine’s Dance “A Night To Remember” and great exercise classes to senior citizens in our community. Our tactical black SWOT tee shirts make the point too, that we are more than just a “sittin’ around together” kind of Senior Center. We are truly THE COMMUNITY CENTER for EVERYONE in Teton Valley.