My Story

I grew up in Central Oregon, where my parents moved from the Willamette Valley in 1980. After graduating from Bend High in 1997, I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California with a major in American Studies. Later, I moved with my wife to Connecticut, where I trained as a paramedic at Yale-New Haven hospital while she was in graduate school.

I moved home to rural Deschutes County southeast of Bend four years ago, and since then I’ve commuted to work as a medic at Jefferson County EMS. I began the COCC nursing program in the fall of 2017, and I will graduate with an Associate’s Degree of Nursing in June. As president of the 2019 Nursing Class, I have consistently advocated for lowering barriers to college for rural residents and working parents.

In addition to being a paramedic and a nursing student, I am also an American Heart Association instructor, teaching CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. I volunteer as a medical responder with Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and as a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon. I am a member of the Deschutes County Dog Board of Supervisors, and I sit on the board of directors of Central Oregon Disability Support Network, a non-profit organization serving families of children with diverse abilities.

My wife Amy works as a Family Nurse Practitioner for St. Charles. We have two kids: our daughter is a first grader at Jewell Elementary, and our son attends preschool at Inspire Early Learning. They are the reason I do what I do.