Born in 1965, I grew up the third of four children in an army family. We lived in many interesting places, including South Korea and Germany. In the U.S., I've lived in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
My father retired in 1983 to Carlisle and I attended Shippensburg University, graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
I took a job at the local Pearle Vision Center, thinking it would keep me going until I found a job in the field I had studied for. Eventually, I felt that this type of work was more to my liking than journalism, and I ended up working as an optician and manager for five years, while taking extra college courses on the side to prepare for optometry school.
By 1992, I had completed the courses needed for admission to optometry school, and that fall I started at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia.
While in school I received special training in pediatric eye care at The Eye Institute, ocular disease training at Hahnemann University Hospital, and performed laser procedures at the Hafter Light and Laser Institute.
After graduation in May of 1996, I worked for four years for an optometrist in private practice in Carlisle. I eventually realized that the headache of owning my own business was not for me.
Sears Optical in Hanover was my primary office for 18 years, but as Sears' financial condition deteriorated I decided to branch out and work at other offices. In 2015 I started at Boscov's Optical in Camp Hill, and in March 2018 at Darrell Sipe Opticians Spring Grove office. In April I also joined Babineau Opticians in Mechanicsburg.
My wife and I live in Boiling Springs. We have a daughter and two sons, a cat, and a pug.
In my spare time I enjoy my family's company. I also like working on my car, astronomy, listening to music, skiing, history, collecting ancient roman coins, and powered paragliding. Recently, I finished off the basement in our house.