Much of who I am has its foundation in my childhood. I learned during my youth to readily adapt to new environments as my family traveled extensively with my father’s career in the United States military. My mother was a professional musician and gave to my four sisters and me a love for music. I developed leadership experience in my school days through student government and many youth counseling experiences. I developed a commitment to living a balanced life of service and leadership as an Eagle Scout. The principles of scouting still guide and inform me. I gained a great appreciation for the integration of faith and learning through attending a fine Christian school, Hawaii Baptist Academy. That is where I met Cindy. The picture above is with Cindy on her back porch in Hawaii, after we started dating. We both went to Seattle Pacific University. Our wonderful educational experiences were an inspiration behind our work in founding the non-profit that did initial work on the Oaks School.
My wife Cindy worked many years in education, with a specialty in language acquisition development and curriculum design. She then developed expertise in organizational and personal life coaching. She is an ordained elder and is a certified Spiritual Director with the Benedictines. She has served as a speaker for retreats and conferences and offered direction for Spiritual Formation of young people. Most recently she served as Director of Children's Ministry at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church. God has blessed us with four wonderful boys: Grant (who is married to Julia), Blake, Lane and Scott. I’ve enjoyed years of coaching baseball and soccer. I enjoy swimming, biking, hiking and travel.