As the son of a Vietnam Veteran and a Catholic School secretary, I was taught to have a sense of duty that put the community before myself. Now, as a husband, father, and proud member of the Carmel and Westfield communities, I’m excited to have the opportunity to give back close to home.
I served 16 years in Naval Aviation, then 2 years in the Navy Reserves, here in Indiana. Finally, I transitioned to the Air National Guard, before my retirement. Throughout my military career, whether it was flying airplanes, working with foreign leaders, or advising generals and admirals, I learned the importance of listening to the people around me, understanding their experiences, and sticking up for what was right-no matter what.
When it was time to leave active duty, I was excited to return to our family’s roots here in Westfield. We have been here full time since 2015. I now have one child who has graduated from Westfield High School and one who will be a sophomore this year.
I am proud to serve our community as the Senior Vice Commander of VFW Post 10003, where I work to get more veterans involved in the work our Post does throughout southern Hamilton County. Recently I was elected to serve on the board of the Westfield Kiwanis Club, where I will help increase community engagement. Additionally, I am an English as a second language instructor with Exodus Refugee, a local organization that helps welcome refugees newly settling in our state and supports them through their transition to becoming Hoosiers.