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Spurred by the events of 9/11, I enlisted into the United States Army, serving in senior communications and intelligence roles for more than six years, including a year in South Korea and two combat tours in Iraq. 

In 2009, I completed my second enlistment and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6), and went on to earn my undergraduate and graduate degrees in the following 3 years.

Since then, I have been busy raising a family, and serving the Erie community in a number of roles.

Over the past decade, I have served our area veterans and senior citizens, provided research and management consultancy for regional organizations, taught college-level coursework at several universities, and in 2013 I was elected to Erie County Council where I served as Chair of the Erie County Board of Elections and Chair of County Council.

I am currently pursuing my doctorate, exploring the intersection of structural racism, inequality, affordable housing, and healthy neighborhoods in Erie.

  • Basic Economic Development Course, International Economic Development Council, 2019
  • Erie’s 4 Under 40, Erie Times-News, 2016
  • Civic Leadership Academy, Jefferson Educational Society, 2016
  • Erie’s 40 Under 40, Erie Reader, 2014
  • Fellow, The Mission Continues, 2011
  • Catherine McAuley Award, Mercyhurst University, 2011
  • University of Southern California, Doctor of Social Work, Expected Graduation May 2022
  • Case Western Reserve University, Master of Science in Social Administration (Focus: Community & Social Development), 2012
  • Mercyhurst University, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work with Sociology minor, 2011
  • Emplacing Bhutanese Refugees in the Rust Belt (Stadler) Lexington, January 2019
  • Peer Commentary: Chapter in The Crux of Refugee Resettlement: Rebuilding Social Networks
  • Critical Realism and LGBTIQ Rights in Africa (McCarty, Breneman) Routledge, April 2016
  • Chapter in Religion in Modern Africa