I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, primarily on a ferry locked island surrounded by Puget Sound, farm animals, and tree hugging educated hippies. And I love it!
I spent many years of my life overcommitted to volunteer organizations (my tag line is “I work to support my volunteer habit”), a condition which has only improved in recent times due to my growing addiction to hiking and mountaineering.
I previously worked as a public safety officer and then a probation officer, but I needed more money for all my outdoor gear so I turned in my badge and am now a curriculum developer who dabbles in teaching. I remain active in volunteer work as a member of the National Ski Patrol and as an on-call police and fire department chaplain.
I love the outdoors! Clearly hiking and mountains are a prominent feature in my life, but I also enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, exploring parks and historical sites, and stargazing. When I wear myself out enough, I enjoy reading, watching movies, spending time with friends, bargain hunting at thrift stores, making pickles and jams and cookies (oh my!) and generally just trying to brighten somebody’s day or make the world even a little bit better. I have way too many books, adore my black lab/heeler mix, Harley, and absolutely love sushi.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the love and support of my family. Ken, Brigitte, Mike, Emily, Craig, Larissa, Seth, Grandmother, Grandfather, my godfather Michael, all the aunts/uncles/cousins, and my ski patrol and law enforcement brother and sisters… I love you all! Thank you for always being there and helping me realize and pursue my dreams. God has blessed me in abundance, and I am grateful for all of you!