I grew up in South Carolina and earned a degree from Clemson University. After graduation, I had a deep urge to venture to the west. I moved to UT to ski and that is where I met my wife. From there, we were looking for a place that had skiing and water. After a long search, we ended up in northern Idaho. I have been working with at-risk youth and their families for over 17 years in a variety of settings. I started my career in a therapeutic boarding school in Idaho but quickly found my passion was in adventure therapy programs. I worked as a wilderness staff and, after a few years, became interested in working more with families. I became an admissions counselor and loved connecting with parents and helping to guide them to find treatment for their children.
Family took me back east, where I helped open the admissions office for a new wilderness therapy program in North Carolina. The program was a great success, but the call from the west would not go away. My wife and I, along with my two boys, moved back to Idaho where I became the regional director of admissions for five programs in Northern Idaho.
Later, I became an admissions specialist, concentrating on internet marketing, for a group of all-female residential treatment centers across the United States and, most recently, as the admissions director for a small co-ed therapeutic boarding school in North Idaho.
My wife and I are raising three growing boys. I am an avid skier, gardener, hunter, and fisherman. I love to backpack and camp in the local public lands. I spend most of my winter at Schweitzer Mountain, the local ski area. In the summer, I can be found boating, camping, and fishing on beautiful Lake Pend Oreille, Priest Lake, and many local streams and rivers throughout the Pacific Northwest.