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 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 became committed to living a balanced life of service and leadership as an Eagle Scout. The principles of scouting still guide and inform me. I greatly appreciated 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 outstanding educational experiences inspired our work in founding the non-profit that did initial work on the Oaks School.
Cindy and I married in 1980. Cindy worked for many years in education, specializing in language acquisition development and curriculum design. She then developed expertise in organizational and personal life coaching. She is an ordained elder and certified Spiritual Director with the Benedictines. She has served as a speaker for retreats and conferences and offered direction for the Spiritual Formation of young people. She was Director of the Children's Ministry at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church and led Family Ministries in Redlands. She currently serves as a success coach at Westmont College. God has blessed us with four wonderful boys: Grant (who is married to Julia and has three children), Blake (who is married to Shelley and has two children), Lane, and Scott. I’ve enjoyed years of coaching baseball and soccer. In addition, I enjoy swimming, biking, hiking, and traveling.