I am a proud father of 5, husband to my lovely wife and servant to my community. After moving to Spokane Valley, I attended Horizon Middle School and layed down my first Washington roots. I enjoyed much of my early years exploring the Dishman Hills and racing bikes down areas where houses didn’t yet exist. I have always enjoyed the nature and beauty of the Spokane Valley. My family later moved to north Spokane County where I graduated from high school and followed in my grandfather’s proud footsteps of military service.
I began my time of service in 1998 in the United State Marine Corps. I was stationed at 29 Palms, served some time overseas in Okinawa, Japan and was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. After my honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, I returned to Spokane Valley working with disabled adults for several years before stepping into a career as a first responder. Working as an EMT with American Medical Response allowed me the opportunity to serve all of Spokane County including Spokane Valley and develop excellent working relationships with fire, police and EMS. Helping people on a personal level was a rewarding experience and an invaluable preparation to get to know our community even more, as well as build the skills for critical decision making, and how to handle high pressure situations.
After completing 7 years as an EMT, I began working for the United State Postal Service. As a mail carrier, I have the opportunity to interact with multiple people from all walks of life, many of whom are citizens and business owners in Spokane Valley! These daily interactions have honed my listening skills by hearing the good or bad things people have to say and having respectfully dialogue about what we can do to better our city. After all, that is what community is all about!
In the midst of career growth and family rearing, I completed my AA degree from Spokane Falls Community College and my B.A. in History from Grand Canyon University.
I met my wife during my time as an EMT. She is an emergency room nurse and I took notice of her pretty early on while transporting patients into the hospital where she was working. After a few shy interactions I finally mustered up the courage to ask her out and as they say, the rest is history. My wife and I thoughtfully chose to raise our children here in Spokane Valley because of its family centered foundations. Community is at the heart of this city and we are proud to be a part of it. With 5 children, I understand what it is to be a hard-working parent. I’ve proudly volunteered in our schools, frequented our parks and libraries and participated in all the greatness Spokane Valley has to offer. This is why I desire to give back.