I was born in a small town in Eastern Washington. My father enlisted in the Army and answered our nation's call. I had the opportunity to travel all around the United States before our family ended up back in Washington at Ft. Lewis. My parents separated when I was ten. I lived with my mom and brother in Lakewood. I recall my mother working 3 jobs to support and raise my brother and me. In 1982, we moved to Lacey where I attended Nisqually Middle School and Timberline High School for a few years. I then moved back to Eastern Washington with my father and amazing step-mother, where I graduated High School. My mother remarried my step-Dad and they lived in Olympia. After High School, I left Eastern Washington and moved to Olympia to live with my Mom and step-Dad. I found a great job working in a pizza parlor, where I had a great deal of fun, met some amazing people and started lasting friendships that continue to this day. These formative years are where my love for Olympia blossomed.
At 18 years old, I joined the Armed Services and pursued a 22 year career as a firefighter, of which 19 were served while living overseas. I worked with, followed, lead and managed diverse teams of people with a wide array of backgrounds. I managed a department of 75 firefighters comprised of foreign nationals, military and union firefighters that provided fire protection and emergency services for a city the size of Olympia with an Airport, and other industrial operations on it. I developed leadership, management, public speaking, and analytical skills. I learned how to apply those skills as incident commander on many emergencies, leading and directing complex teams through high stress situations. Living and working in such a diverse community, taught me how to bring complex groups of individuals to a consensus on departmental operations.
Olympia has always been my home. Every time I would leave Olympia for my next duty assignment I would long for the day that I could return for good. After my Air Force career, I returned to Olympia in 2010. Moving back to Olympia was an easy choice; it is one of the most amazing cities and communities in the world. Olympia has an unmatched natural beauty, it is welcoming and accepting of all people. I earned by bachelors degree in business at PLU. With the help of a scholarship, I completed my Master’s in Business Administration as well. I had the invaluable opportunity to work with and learn from professionals from Boeing, Amazon, Google and other amazing companies. I also met my amazing wife Megan and her son Vast here in Olympia. We enjoy camping, fishing, hiking and DIY projects around the house.
During my graduate studies at PLU, I worked as an Environmental Consultant on Joint Base Lewis McChord. I used my knowledge of business and quantitative analysis to identify and aid military units in the management of their hazardous materials and environmental programs. This work allowed me to align the responsible stewardship of taxpayer money with the stewardship of our environment and natural resources.
I currently work as a Management Analyst for the Washington State Department of Licensing and a member of AFSME Council 29 WFSE, Local 443. My work is focused on enhancing the value proposition for our Washington residents through the use of technology. I have worked on the Gender X project, our agencies Accessibility project to ensure equitable access to all of our Washington residents.
Volunteerism is an important part of who I am. I volunteer as a Land Steward for the Capital Land Trust, I am the VP of Finance for Project Management Institute Olympia Chapter (a professional organization of Project Managers). I have volunteered to be on the boards of firefighters associations, Capital High School Parent Teachers Organization, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer councils and The Crisis Clinic. I have also coached and played on a multitude of intramural sports teams.
My military experience and formal training have honed me into a collaborative leader and team builder that takes a people first approach to analyze and refine processes. I have developed the knowledge, skills and abilities to collaborate with stakeholders from a wide array of perspectives, my diverse professional background, and passion for public service make me an ideal candidate for this position.
I answered our nations call during the first Gulf War; I know what it means to volunteer for public service in a time of great need. I now hear the call of our local community. I would be honored to continue my duty as a public servant in running for Olympia City Council Seat #6.