I grew up in Orlando, Florida. I graduated from Auburn University in Alabama and then spent two years living in Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa.
When I lived in Africa, I was curious to learn about the people and culture. Everything was foreign to me. My new friends welcomed me, and introduced me to their country and customs. When I returned to Florida, I wanted to see if I could find a way to help people to welcome to my home country.
I became friends with Bob and Ann Sullivan, who were local International Students Inc. staff members. They had a thriving outreach to students that were attending the University of Central Florida (UCF). I became friends with an East African student. Our family had two different Chinese families that we got to know well.
Our family moved to Thailand for 2 ½ years in the early 2000s. Upon returning to the US, I joined ISI as a campus staff worker at University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.
I am passionate about befriending international students, and helping them to adjust to life in Florida. I also hope to encourage and train more people to become involved in this vital task.
I am married to Kathy, who originally grew up in Bradenton, Florida. We have five children, five grandchildren, and five grand dogs.