The search for authentic vocation has led me down a number of fruitful paths: At various turns I’ve been a student, crisis counselor, personnel manager, public school teacher, coach, parent, and now a communications freelancer.
“I’m an insatiably curious free thinker who hates wasting time. My idea of Hell is filled with traffic jams and waiting rooms.”
It’s also led me all over the country; I’ve lived in the Northeast, The Pacific Northwest, the West Coast, and the Deep South. Each job I’ve had and each place I’ve lived have given me dynamic perspectives of America, Americans, and the culture of work that makes us unique in the world.
Life and work are the best whetstones: on them I’ve honed a number of qualities that can’t be fully learned in a classroom:
- An observant eye
- Respect for detail
- An instinct for the principles of good design
- The capacity to assess a problem, set goals, and craft and execute a plan to achieve them
- The skill to collect a broad range of information, organize it, and communicate it clearly to a diverse audience
- Empathy for the experience and needs of others and, when necessary, to place those needs above my own
- The courage and creative resourcefulness to take on difficult projects with confidence
My professional goals are extensions of my desires: to learn and to serve. I see each project as an opportunity to grow and a chance to make someone else’s life easier. At my core I’m an insatiably curious free thinker who gets antsy when forced to sit still. My idea of Hell is filled with traffic jams and waiting rooms. Rote tasks give me gray hair. I revel in the art of the troubleshoot, and few things make me happier than applying my talents to diverse, challenging tasks and seeing clients smile at finished projects.
When I’m not up to my elbows in words and pictures, I keep the demons of idleness at bay by reading, running, fencing, or playing banjo and fiddle. Oh, and raising two rambunctious toddler daughters with my wife, Anna. It’s like living with affectionate poltergeists.
B.A. — Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia
M.A. — University of California, Berkeley