Hello, and welcome.
The world is full of unfamiliar things, so let me introduce myself:
I'm a Pittsburgh native whose passions include Tolkien, Mixed Martial Arts, and largely anything Star Wars related.
Over the course of my life, I've been privileged to have some of the world's great ideas shared with me by some of the world's greatest minds. I've worked in marketing, a deep-freeze, Christian ministry, teaching writing, ethics tutoring, and university admissions. Whew.
Additionally, I've been honored to be included in The Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, an interdisciplinary group of Constitutional law students at Waynesburg University, where I also received the James E. Garvin and Caroline Parkinson Garvin Prize in Humanities.
Greetings and salutations,
I'm a Southwestern PA native with a deep love for Batman, video games, and anything that smells of old books.
I stand on the shoulders of giants, blessed to be mentored by several knowledgeable, and more importantly virtuous men. I've been involved in several Christian ministries, and have worked in day camps, retail, college administration, and career counseling.
I completed my undergraduate degree in three years, earning a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Counseling. I was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award by the Psychology Department.
I'm now enrolled in graduate studies, pursuing an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a certification in Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Counseling. Recently, I was inducted into Chi Sigma Iota, an academic honor society for counseling students.
Everything we do relies on computers, mathematics, and electronics. Whether it be directly or indirectly, these devices command a heavy influence over our lives. They deserve our attention.
My work consists of digging into these weird beeping machines that give us so much entertainment, so much stability, and (sometimes) so much pain. I'm an avid reader, favoring American Classics and modern Japanese Literature. I've found myself working everywhere from startup businesses out in California, to bar-backing for a local restaurant, to parks and recreation, to my current occupation: Good old software engineering.
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Duquesne University, where I also completed minors in Theology and Mathematics. Along the way, I picked up a Certificate in Business Management. I've undertaken additional education at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Texas at Austin.
I've found varying degrees of success competing in Hackathons as well as in International Collegiate Programming Competitions and the Mathematical and Computational Modeling Competition.
Let me introduce myself,
Born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, now a resident of Old Dominion Virginia, I do my best to live life to the fullest. When I’m not in the lab working on immunochemistry or blasting a jig on my bagpipes, you can usually find me reading about the latest rocket launch.
Getting here has been quite the journey. In the past, I worked retail, canvassed for a major political party, tutored writing at the collegiate level, and performed independent academic research, all before graduating from Waynesburg University with a B.S. in Biology.
Now I work as an Assistant Scientist at PPD Laboratories in Richmond Virginia, a contract research organization, where I regularly run ELISA assays to advance drugs in clinical trials to the market.
Over the years, I've come to realize that science can teach us about a lot more than just the structure of a protein. It can also teach us how to better face the wide world around us.
I've been somewhat of a cosmopolitan throughout my life: born in Texas, raised in New Jersey, school in Pennsylvania and Michigan, study abroad in Scotland and Ireland, teaching in Arizona, and finally back to Pennsylvania to study the law.
My life has consisted largely of an obsession with Star Wars (before Disney and the Trilogy-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named), theater, and a continuously growing interest in philosophy, mainly the question of what it means to be a good human.
I have worked in landscaping, pizza making, in a patent office, a resident and day camp counselor, doing grunt work for Student Services at my school, building an archive, and teaching government and Economics. I received a Bachelors in History from Waynesburg University in 2017 and a Masters in Politics from Hillsdale College’s Van Andel School of Statesmanship in 2019.
My life has been shaped by those around me, both mentors and friends, who have encouraged me and continued to discuss the big ideas outside of the classroom--where I remain firmly convinced most of my education has been received. What good does it do to read about history and philosophy if we do not discuss it with others?
Let's get acquainted,
My cultivated heart and
Though don't be too fooled by the haiku, my life's work is in prose.
I'm a Philadelphia-native who has adapted to transient life. I prioritize orthopraxy and loving all in truth and deed. Poetry is my release and drinking coffee is more habitual than remembering to breathe.
I became a journalist to come as close to the heart of the world as possible, getting my first article published in a local paper as a freshman in high school. I am in the process of receiving my BA in Communication at Waynesburg University where I am privileged to be both the Region and Op/Ed Editor at our award-winning publication The Yellow Jacket ( http://theyellowjacket.org/ ).
I get to spend the rest of my time fixing axiomatic fissures in the communities I live in. As a Bonner Scholar and Congress Representative for my service scholarship, I have already been honored to invest 1,500 hours reaching across divides and affirming the indelible worth in every life.