I was born February 8th, 1983 in Glens Falls, New York; a city whose name is attributed to a nearby waterfall in the Hudson River at the southern end of the city. I stayed there with my mother until she graduated and we moved to Denver, Colorado. Though I also lived in Las Vegas, I spent most of my youth in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. I went to St. Joseph Elementary and Northrop High School; a product of public education. My mother, Deborah, and my sister, Amanda, currently reside in Ft. Wayne. My mother is a Supplier Recovery Warranty Specialist at International Navistar Corporation. My sister, Amanda, is an educator. While I’ve spent much of my life growing up in Colorado, Nevada and Indiana, I returned to New York to finish my tertiary education and begin my life as a young professional and public servant.
Shortly after my high school graduation I went to Basic Combat Training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. I returned to Indiana after my graduation from my Individual Training assignment to start my college education. However, my studies were put on hold when I was called to serve in Iraq. I was deployed for 498 days without leave. Upon my return, I continued my education at Indiana University where I studied International Relations and Russian.
In 2005, I provided emergency relief to the Red Cross in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. There, I helped prepare and distribute meals and supplies to in-need locals. After I graduated from Indiana University, I moved to back New York to begin graduate school.
I graduated with a Masters of Public Administration, specializing in Environmental Science and Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and I now work as a Policy Specialist in the oil and gas industry (infrastructure development and maintenance).
I am also a member of the American Legion Post 9-11, Veterans of Foreign War, and the Chief of Search and Rescue for the New York City Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT).