After I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1970, I enlisted in the US Army, and was accepted into Military Intelligence. In addition to two rotations in the US, I served a tour in South Korea attached to the 8th US Army.
I worked nearly 30 years in education as a high school teacher, a Vocational Education Dean at a small Illinois Community College and then at the largest single campus community college in the nation, College of DuPage, with an enrollment of 37,000 students. I finished my career as founder and the department chairman of the college’s Computer Aided Design and Parametric Modeling program. While working full time, using my GI educational benefits, I completed my Master of Science Degree, Certificate of Advanced Study and a Doctorate in Education.
I retired to Sedona in June 2002. I have been an active volunteer with Sedona’s ‘Friends of the Forest’ for 16 years serving two years as Vice President and two years as President. I also worked as the organization's Webmaster for five years. I am a 13-year volunteer with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department Verde Search and Rescue Posse where I spent 5 years as Captain and two years as First Training Officer. I served on the Sedona City Council for 4 ½ years (May 2010 to November 2014). I currently am a Sedona Police Department volunteer, a Board Member of Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB), and I work one day a week in the tourist industry with the Verde Canyon Railroad.
As a forest service volunteer, I adopted the Cathedral Rock Trail where I do trail maintenance on trail drainage after heavy rains. Hiking the trail nearly every week for the past 16 years, I have personally experienced the parking problems and trail overcrowding caused by increased tourism. After leaving City Council in 2014, I approached my contacts in the Red Rock Ranger District, city staff and the members of the new City Council to find a way to mitigate the overcrowding problems at Cathedral Rock. Within one year, the city acquired property to add off street parking, place signage and enforce no parking on Back O'Beyond. The forest service added a pit toilet and a connector trail between the parking lots. All that was required was the will of the stakeholders to identify and solve the problem.
In short, I know Sedona, its challenges and how to get things done.