My parents were both teachers—one a full-time middle/high school science teacher, and the other a full-time attorney who also taught as an adjunct professor at the local state university campus. From an early age, I became acutely aware of the importance of education, and this helped to instill in me a strong appreciation for how one’s experiences in school can shape personal and professional interests to foster future success. Originally from upstate New York, I moved to Zionsville, part of the East Penn School District, with my wife in 2001, and I currently have two children attending school at Emmaus High School. Naturally, I wish to see them have a high-quality public education that will ultimately help them to succeed.
I am myself a proud product of the public education system, and it is upon this foundation that I have been able to pursue my educational and professional opportunities in engineering. After high school, I attended both MIT and Stanford University in pursuit of BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering. Professionally, I’ve worked in both the semiconductor and pharmaceutical fields and am presently employed at a semiconductor equipment manufacturer. My experience also includes six years teaching at Lafayette College in Easton, which offered me a unique perspective on how the quality of schooling can impact academic and professional preparedness.
Each of my work experiences has given me a strong and diverse set of skills that are relevant to being an active member of the EPSD Board of School Directors, including experience with budgets and finance, the ability to work effectively with others, practicing well-developed organizational, problem solving, and listening skills, and so on. I have been able to fully appreciate this skill set in my current role as a School Board Director, which I have had the pleasure of serving as since my appointment in September 2018.
I am also a current board member of the EPSD Education Foundation, where I have assisted with our various fundraising activities, and also with developing the STEAM team, which seeks to offer and to provide science-technology-engineering-arts-mathematics (STEAM) related resources (i.e., people and activities) to classrooms and schools within the district.
When my children were younger, I was involved in youth sports as a coach and active parent in the Upper Milford Youth Association, where lessons in teamwork and physical well-being are readily learned. Furthermore, my lifelong experience with Scouting—as a youth (achieving the Eagle Scout rank) and as an adult leader (Den Leader, Cubmaster, Troop Committee Chair)—has instilled a strong sense of duty to serve my community wherever and whenever possible.
When not working, my hobbies include woodworking, tinkering, and undertaking do-it-yourself home maintenance and repairs—including furniture, custom cabinetry, and superhero wall art. On a personal level, I have a dry sense of humor and love a good pun!
Collectively, I find this particular opportunity to continue serving on the Board to be in-line with my desire to help our youth—including my own two children in this district—and the related members of the community through the application of my knowledge, experience, and passion for public education. In doing so, I hope to continue to make this one of the premier districts in our region, state, and country.