I grew up in the small town of Ricketts (pop. 120) in western Iowa. I came to Iowa City in 1992 to attend the University, where I earned my BA in English, and later my MA in Special Education. I taught special education at West High School for 10 years, and was the Assistant Theater Director from 2004-2006. I now work at the UIHC on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry inpatient unit as an educator in Circle School.  My educational area of expertise is in the field of behavior and social/emotional development. 

I served as the Iowa City Education Association president from 2006-2008.  I served  on the district’s health insurance committee and the Labor Management Team during my time in the district and also served on the negotiations committee, often as co-chief negotiator from 2004-2014.  My family recently moved to Coralville after living on the southeast side of Iowa City for the past 10 years.

My wife practices acupuncture in Coralville and has been a small business owner in the area for the past 12 years. We have a daughter who will attend Kirkwood Elementary in the fall. I also have a grown son, and a daughter who will be a senior at Tate Alternative High School this fall.