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Families

Families

Family has always been an essential part of Naperville’s character. Families are the building blocks of any community. The virtues, principles and beliefs that are learned in a family shape a community. Any decision made by our city leadership that places a hardship on families places a hardship on our community.
Family is an important part of my life as I am sure it is for you, being raised in a Roman Catholic family taught me not just religion but provided a faith and strength that has seen me through many challenges in my life. Family also taught me to value my German heritage and culture as well as to respect the hard work of my ancestors, who immigrated to southern Illinois in 1856, in making the life I have today possible. In doing this family has provided me with a sense of self and self esteem that makes me the person I am today.
Naperville has a long history of providing a safe & friendly community rich in youth & family programs, as well as events, for children to grow up in so they can reach their full potential as adults. It is important to me that our city leadership work to preserve these in our city.

Volunteerism

Volunteerism

As has been repeatedly stated in the past that the willing support Naperville residents provide through volunteerism to various community organizations, be they a non-for-profit, a business or a local government commissions or boards is fundamental in providing our city with a wealth of community events and amenities essential to Naperville’s continued growth and prosperity.
The collective results of all of the individual acts of volunteerism by residents are what make it possible for our community to host so many cultural, historic and family events each year. These events not only enhance our community’s quality of life, but provide opportunities to learn, share and build friendships and in doing so enrich the lives of our many residents.
Volunteerism, placing service before self, is an essential characteristic of a thriving community. The quality of a community can truly be judged by the willingness of its residents to give back to the community and in this measure Naperville truly excels. Naperville volunteerism not only improves the quality of life in our city but in neighboring communities as well.

Community

Community

Naperville is a community of communities, a rich, distinctive and prosperous collection of communities. The various business organizations that make up our business community; the diverse collection of houses of worship that make up our religious community; the dozens of non-for-profit organizations that make up our charitable and volunteer communities; the over a hundred homeowners organizations that make up our neighborhoods; youth groups, senior groups, cultural groups, ethnic groups and yes even the political groups.
All of these communities are what make Naperville extraordinary and make possible a quality of life few communities in the US can provide. The continued well being of these communities are essential to our city’s present and future prosperity.
The city government plays a key role in this by listening to what these groups/communities have to say and supporting them through outreach programs like the Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) commission, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Social Services Grant (SSG) programs, as well as other private/public partnerships.

I moved to Naperville in May 1994, from Kansas City were I had lived for ten years. A short time later 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 in Ellis county my first few years. My father was a farmer that started working as a commercial carpenter and millwright. We spent the next several years moving around Oklahoma and Arkansas while my father worked on various bridge and dam projects. In the late 60’s my father’s company moved us to Denver, which was undergoing a construction boom, and we stayed.

Igraduate from Arvada Colorado’s Pomona Senior High School in 1978 and spent the next year working commercial construction to save money for college. I worked construction at several downtown Denver construction sites, during school breaks, for the next 5 years to pay for college

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 completed all the coursework for a Masters Degree and spent two years doing research on the non-linear optical properties of clays.

I worked briefly as a security guard for Danguard Security and as a check processor in the data processing center of the Kansas City Mercantile Bank and Trust. In the fall of 1984 I started working for the US Department of Agriculture’s Federal Grain Inspection Service, which regulates the US Grain Market. I worked here for almost 10 years and was a Supervisory Physical Scientist (GS-9) managing three world-class laboratories used in the certification of grain for national and international trade when I left for Naperville. 

For the last 26 years, since moving to Naperville, I have managed a downtown dental practice.

I am a veteran of both Persian Gulf Wars (Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom) and served for over 20 years in the Navy as a Logistical Specialist retiring as a Senior Chief in 2013.

I was mobilized to Bahrain shortly after 9/11 and assigned to the Air Mobility Command (AMC) Air Terminal Operations Center (ATOC) as the Capabilities Forecaster. I managed cross-functional operations between terminal, passenger, cargo, postal and tarmac operations to facilitate the rapid movement of passengers and cargo in and out of the operational areas (CentCom AOR).

In 2005 I enrolled in the University of Illinois Executive MBA program using my Illinois Veteran Grant Funds. I graduated with an MBA in the spring of 2008 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As part of this program my team and I were assigned to study Economic Development Opportunities in the US for Chinese companies sponsored by French Company in Shanghai. We spent two weeks in China to present our report on this work.

I started attending City Council meeting shortly after moving to Naperville and when I could not attend I would watch them on cable or online. I have spoken to City Council on many issues that have concerned me over the years and I have also contact council members by email on some issues. When the late Mayor Pradel decided not to run for re-election I decide to run for Mayor.