I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, where I graduated
from Buckeye Valley High School in Delaware, Ohio in 1991. As a member
of the National Honor Society, I was an All-State Football player there.
I attended Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana on a football
scholarship where I was a three year letter winner on three conference
championship football teams. I graduated with honors in 1995 with a B.S. in Health and
Physical Education / Exercise Science where I received my State License
in Teaching along with Certifications in First Aid and Coaching.
Then, I attended graduate school at Indiana University
in Indianapolis, Indiana and earned a Masters degree in Kinesiology and
Applied Sports Science in 1997. While doing
so, I also taught undergraduate fitness and physical education classes
at I.U.P.U.I. and became Certified as a Strength & Conditioning
Specialist and as a Health & Fitness Specialist. While in Indy, I
was a researcher at N.I.F.S. and a personal trainer at Bally's Total
Fitness as well. I
also played minor league professional football in Kokomo, Indiana. I
then went on to complete a Doctoral degree in Health Promotion and Human
Performance through the coursework I have taken at Western Michigan
University and Andrews University.
I had been a health education teacher and weight training instructor at Ring Lardner Middle School for ten years prior to teaching life wellness, as well as physical education and fitness conditioning classes, at Niles High School. I have also been a strength training coach, powerlifting coach, and athletic trainer for Niles High School. In addition, I am Certified in Personal Fitness Training and have worked at a number of different fitness centers through out Michiana, including the Bangor Wellness Center, Gold's Gym Harbor Country, the Long Beach Fitness Center and the Lakeland Athletic Club.
I have two children, Emily and Elizabeth, have attended Northside Elementary and Howard/Ellis Elementary schools in Niles, Michigan. They then attended Eastside Connections school in Niles, Michigan, as well as Lincoln Primary school and Jefferson Intermediate school, in South Bend, Indiana. They then attended Kennedy Primary Academy and the secondary Career Academy in South Bend, Indiana. They now go to LaSalle Academy Jr. High School in South Bend.