Conduct Coordinator, University of New Hampshire
Family: Wife: Michelle; children: Viktor (9), Josephine (6)
High school: Winnacunnet High School, Hampton
College/post grad degrees: University of New Hampshire, B.A. in History (2003); University of N.H., MPA (2009); University of N.H., PhD in Higher Education Leadership and Policy (anticipated 2021)
What is the best career advice you ever received?
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength. No one has made it to where they are by going it alone, they have had help at some point.
Why did you choose your profession?
When I started as an undergraduate student I had difficulty transitioning from high school to college. I chose this profession after 10 years as a police officer, where I saw some of the worst consequences of drug and alcohol use. I knew I had something to offer to students to help them succeed in college. I wanted to use my personal experience from my college career and my professional experience in law enforcement to assist young adults in making better choices when making decisions that surround drugs and alcohol. My desire when I started this profession was to keep young people safe and to help them become better students. This desire is only stronger today.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
My parents instilled a love for service at a very young age. It probably started with Cub Scouts in kindergarten. What I really love about service is it’s scalable and every bit has an impact no matter how much you can give. It can be volunteering with a large international foundation or simply making a meal for an elderly shut-in in your neighborhood. My family also motivates me to give back. We try to impart a love for service in our young children, too. It is really nice to see them passionate about helping others.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
Avail yourself of all the education and training you can; education has an expediential return on the investment. Do not be afraid to travel. Mark Twain said, “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness,” and it is true. And never rely on only a single source of information, surround yourself with a diversity of viewpoints, but still be critical of those viewpoints. Also, start a retirement fund (advice I would also give my 15-year-old self when I started my first job).
Volunteer activities: Cub Scouts Pack 177 Hampton, Treasurer and Assistant Cub Master; Seacoast Science Center, Marine Mammal Rescue Volunteer Responder.
Last major achievement: Being accepted into the UNH Education Department’s PhD program in Higher Education Leadership and Policy.