BA Graphic Arts Millersville University of PA
“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” - L.P. Jacks
Where did you grow up? Manheim, PA in rural Lancaster County. I lived around chocolate towns and Amish farms.
Tell us about your family. I’m #3 of 4 boys who span 5.25 years. We learned how to work hard through gardening and yard work, and we learned how to use our imaginations by playing outside. Between my brothers, I have 2 nieces and 2 nephews who all live within 10 miles of each other.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. At the age of 20, I started mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. I have mentored the same guy since 2016, and we are now both working towards Masters in Counseling degrees.
Briefly describe your work experience. During my undergraduate, I was a laboratory technician for a quality testing laboratory. After graduating, I became a graphic designer and web developer for 5 years. Then, I worked for WinGate Wilderness Therapy for 6 months as field staff followed by working for a college prep boarding school for a school year, and now Summit.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?I’d spend a week in Yarina Cocha, Peru because it’s where one of my great mentors grew up as a missionary kid.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I like to go on adventures with my dog, Mocha. She can keep up with my even when I’m on a bike.
What draws you most to this type of work? Life experiences. Experiencing a hostile divorce as an adolescent, seeing friends die from addictions, mental health disorders in my family, and taking risks that have caused me to struggle in my early adult years. I do it because I have nothing to lose, and want to help adolescents to make meaning out of their experiences.