Elected Experience: Eatonville School Board
Other Professional Experience: Trustee, Clover Park Technical College; Pierce County Planning Commissioner; Former Captain Delta Airlines; Former Captain, United States Marine Corps, Far East Tour 1984, 85-86, Somalia, summer 1983; Owner, Rainier Mountain Cranberries, Ocean Spray Grower-Owner
Education: Graduate Masters Studies in Public Administration, Daniel J Evans School, University of Washington-Present; BA- Society and Justice, University of Washington 1980
Community Service: Vittana Foundation Fellow, Philippines, 2011; NGO Volunteer, Kenya, 2010; Northwest Trek Advisory Council 1987-2000; Department of Ecology Advisory Council for Hazardous Waste Cleanup 1990-1993; Bethany Lutheran Church Council 1993-95; Baseball coach-present
Statement: During the 1980’s, as a young Marine Corps Captain, I realized that the only possible solution to any problem was to move forward. Today, bickering and political paralysis plague needed policy decisions. This has to change.
Since my tenure in the military I have been involved in public decision-making and budgeting. As a County Planning Commissioner I learned to balance the interests of economic development with those seeking community and quality of life. As an elected school board member I advocated for more advanced curriculum by promoting Advanced Placement classes and highly capable studies. Today, as a college trustee, I oversee a multi-million dollar budget, seeking ways to train and educate students for the future. As a business owner I understand the relationship between hard work and success.
But success is never easy. Though some would propose simplistic solutions to complex budget problems most of us know solutions are about finding realistic answers that promote healthy communities and schools. Budget solutions cannot be about cutting schools days; balancing the budget on the back of our kids.
In the Marines there was one rule: Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way. It is time to remove the political paralysis.