B.A. Anthropology & Botany -Eastern Michigan University
'For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I want to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it. - Don Juan Matus
Where did you grow up? I am a Midwest boy and grew up in a little town called Chelsea, a small farming community just outside of the city of Ann Arbor in South Eastern Michigan
Tell us about your family. I come from a fairly big family, and am the youngest of five siblings. My folks and most of my extended family live in Michigan where our family has a bit of history. My wife and I had a son in 2010, and we were married here in Montana in May of 2012.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. Both my son and I were born at home.
Briefly describe your work experience. I have had a wide variety of positions in many fields but most recently I was a Supplemental Instructor at the University where I was finishing my degree in Anthropology. I worked closely with my advising professor planning a supplemental curriculum to parallel her offered entry level course. I lead classes and retaught the information
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?Tough question but I would probably spend my week rafting on the Salmon River in Idaho, camping and going to some beautiful and remote hot springs with my wife, son and our dog.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? My days off are filled with family. We spend a lot of time at the lake and river in the summer, we also do a lot of hiking and camping up in the Jewel Basin. Most nice weather weekends we are taking walks around town in the morning, to the bakery or to grab a cup of coffee. My wife and I also spend a lot of time preparing food together. On longer weekends we like to pack up and head out to some local hot springs for some soaking.
What draws you most to this type of work? I love to build relationships; the process inherent to this is always an adventure. Combined with going to some real remote places to access deeper levels of ourselves make for a truly awesome potential for beautiful growth.