L.C.P.C. University of Great Fall, Montana L.A.C.University of Great Falls, Montana
“It’s good… It’s all good” - Eddie Murphy in some ridiculous movie I can’t remember the name of
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Connecticut on Long Island Sound. It was very New England. As time went on, our family dwelled more and more in Southern Vermont. I spent my youth between these two states. I moved to Montana when I was 22 and have remained since.
Tell us about your family. My Dad is a Merchant Marine and worked his entire life as a ship captain and engineer. My mom took care of us kids, working part-time in our local school district. I have an older sister who still resides in Connecticut with her family. My younger sister works all over the world and is based out of Manhattan, New York. Today, I am a father and by far, becoming a parent is the best thing that ever happened to me.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. I have two god-daughters, Guadalupe and Blanca, who reside in Urubumba, Peru. While working in Peru, the girl’s mom approached me to be their “padrino”. The ceremony was held in a very old and run down missionary church. The family practices a mix between Catholicism and their local Quechua spiritual tradition.
Briefly describe your work experience. In my early twenties, I was looking for work, any work, and landed a job in an adolescent psychiatric hospital. De-escalating techniques and physical restraints were a daily experience to keep these kids safe. I found therapy fascinating and have remained in the field every since. I have been a wilderness staff, public school counselor, college counselor for minority students, study abroad administrator, addiction counselor, and clinical therapist.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?I have traveled extensively over the years for work and pleasure. There are always new places to explore. Right now, my son and I are discussing a trip to Egypt to see the pyramids and scuba dive the Red Sea.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I love all four seasons. In Montana, winter presents some of the greatest outdoor activities known to man. Skiing, snow camping, snowmobiling, and splitting fire wood are my cold weather passions. Technically, fire wood is not a recreational activity but there is something spiritual between a man and his chainsaw.
What draws you most to this type of work? Service people serve. That’s what we do. It is who we are and we can’t change this about ourselves, even if we tried. It is not for everyone but I am glad I am one of them.