Pronouns – He/Him/His
I find great meaning in facilitating spaces for interfaith learning and service. I recently served as Coordinator at the IU Pediatric Residency Program based at Riley Hospital for Children, and prior to that as the Director of Community Outreach at the College of Dental Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. My formal training is in community practice social work, and I take every interaction as a continuous learning opportunity.
I have lived in many different places throughout the United States, but my formative years were spent in Bremen, Indiana. I graduated from Manchester University and went on to serve as a full-time volunteer for two years at the Brethren Mennonite Council (BMC) for LGBT Interests. After my volunteer experience I attended Graduate School at the University of Minnesota and received my MSW in 2006.
I moved back to Indiana with my partner in 2018 and soon after settled into a 100-year-old farmhouse in the Camby neighborhood. I enjoy hiking, reading, and gardening (with varying degrees of success). I love animals and live with a very cared for Boxer/Chihuahua named Betty Wrinkles.
I attend the Fairfield Friends Meeting, and my faith background is in the Anabaptist/Church of the Brethren denominations. The importance of interfaith learning and service has been instilled by many community members, and I have found worship, learning, and serving with those of all faith backgrounds to be some of the most holy experiences.
One of my favorite quotes is from the poet and songwriter, Leonard Cohen, who had interpreted from various other authors saying this:
“There is a crack in everything. That is how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen