I was raised on a small farm in Mount Vernon, KY where I was one of 18 siblings. We raised cows, horses, pigs, chickens, and had a big vegetable garden. I grew up pretty poor but very proud and was taught the value of hard work, dedication, commitment, honesty, and loyalty, and still hold those characteristics today. From the time I was old enough to walk I was taught to do things for myself; construction and masonry work, raising or hunting my own food, vehicle maintenance and repair, financial management, etc. I love hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, kayaking, hiking, etc. and try and do these every chance I get.
I went to school in Rockcastle County, KY and college at Eastern Kentucky University where I studied environmental science, wildlife resources, turf grass management, land judging, tree species ID, small engines repair, improv speaking, etc. But my true calling was to serve and fight for my country so I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps with my primary job as an Infantryman where I served all across the globe in many environments. I had various other classified specialties as well. I was retired this year due to injuries sustained but am looking forward to continued service of my community and preserving the heritage of our national forest and for that reason among others I am excited to be on board with the Mt. Adams Institute.