I am a second generation, American born veteran who is native to northeast PA. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Janet a Nurse Practitioner, for over 44 years. I have three living children, all of whom have served in the military, and 11 grandchildren.
I am the oldest of six children, four of whom are teachers. I graduated from Wallenpaupack Area High School in 1972 and attended King’s College. I joined the US Army in 1973 and served as an Operations and Intelligence Specialist in Key West, Florida and Darmstadt, Germany.
I completed an Associate of Arts degree from St. Leo’s College in Florida. Following my first tour of active duty, I attended Lackawanna College and the University of Scranton and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics Education, and Secondary School Administration, and a certificate in Elementary School Administration. I also earned a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Lehigh University, attended the pre-doctoral program at Temple University, and earned a Ph.D. in Human Development with a major in Educational Administration from Marywood University. I completed my MBA at Wilkes in 2018.
While attending the University of Scranton, I participated in the ROTC program, earned my commission, and served with the PA National Guard and on active duty as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Scranton.
In the National Guard, I served as a platoon leader, a battlefield intelligence control center coordinator, an executive officer, a battalion intelligence officer, an instructor for the 28th Infantry Division’s Mortar Safety School, the Weapons and Tactics committee chief for two years in the state’s Officer Candidate School, and represented the PA National Guard at the 1984 General George C. Marshall seminar in Lexington, VA. I was an Honor Graduate of every military school I attended and am a 1989 graduate of the military’s ultimate course, the Command and General Staff College.
Following graduation from the University of Scranton, I taught at Johnson College and Honesdale High School where I was also a coach, a PIAA Official, a class advisor, and a volunteer for school activities. I was an assistant principal at the Wallenpaupack Middle and High Schools and Honesdale High School, and spent nine years as the principal of the Wayne Highlands Middle School. I have been an adjunct professor for the University of Scranton, the University of Maryland’s University College, Lackawanna College, and Keystone College, and am now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Wilkes University and have taught over 50 different courses ranging from undergraduate to doctoral and written nine master’s and doctoral level courses..
I am very involved in the community; president of the advisory board for the Wayne County Children and Youth Services, a past president of the Honesdale Lions Club, served on the boards of the Wayne/Pike Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Wayne Chapters of the American Cancer Society, and the Heart Association, the Hawley Rotary, the Wayne Area Sports Hall of Fame, the Wayne/Pike Workforce Alliance, and as a coach for teeners’ baseball and softball.
I am also a certificated private pilot and enjoy flying, riding motorcycles, and doing carpentry and mechanical work.
My father, an only child and first generation American, was a Korean War veteran; my brother Eric served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Grenada, and brother Mark served with me and Eric in the PA National Guard. My son Jason served as a communications specialist and was deployed twice with the PA Air National Guard and my son Matthew served with the Rangers and the Special Forces and served three combat tours in Bosnia and Afghanistan. My daughter Nicole is Airborne qualified and was once an ROTC Cadet. My nephew Jacob is an Airborne qualified graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY and was branched as an Engineer. My father-in-law served in the Navy.
I am most proud of my family and their service to community and nation and that my children, brothers and sisters, and nieces and nephews are also my friends.