I moved to Naperville for work in May 1994, from Kansas City were I had lived for ten years. Soon after this I became familiar with the Naperville Jaycees and started volunteering in support of their community activates.
I was born in Hays, Kansas in 1960 and lived on a farm the first few years until my father started working as a commercial carpenter and millwright. The next several years were spent moving around Oklahoma and Arkansas as Dad worked on various bridge and dam projects. In the late 60’s Dad’s company move us to Denver to work on a reservoir and when the job was complete Dad decided to remain in Denver, which was undergoing a construction boom.
Living in Denver I attended Goldrick and Newton elementary schools. We moved to the Denver suburb of Arvada where I attended North Arvada Junior High and Pomona Senior High Schools. I graduate from Pomona in 1978 and spent the next year working to save money for college. My first job was as a Taco cashier for a couple of months before starting work in commercial construction as a laborer. I worked the next 5 years at several downtown Denver construction sites during school breaks.
I started attending the University of Colorado at Boulder in the fall of 1979. During my senior year I worked as a teaching assistant for the Physics Department and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the spring of 1984 majoring in Physics with significant course work in math and computer science. I was accepted as a graduate student in physic at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and moved to KC in the summer of 1984.
I worked as a security guard for a month before getting a job with a bank data processing center, while in school. After six months at the data processing center the US Department of Agriculture’s Federal Grain Inspection Service hired me and I worked for them for the next nine years before moving to Naperville.