AGE 35Executive Director, Focus
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How did you make your first dollar?Shoveling driveways
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a Minor in Classics from St. Bonaventure University
Community work: Eagle River Area Rotary Club, Big Lake Community Council, Palmer Chamber of Commerce, Barrier Free Recreation, Alaska Association of Developmental Disability Programs, Key Campaign
Family: Wife Kelly, children Quinn and Sean
Hometown: Framingham, Mass.
Favorite lunch spot? Moose's Tooth.
Best stress reliever? Spending time with old friends, which inevitably leads to belly-aching laughter.
Favorite place in Alaska? My dock. It was a child hood dream to live on a lake and when I have a chance to just sit on my dock in the summer I enjoy every minute of it.
Your most memorable experience that could only have happened in Alaska. I find it incredible that we took our 1-week-old baby home to our place in Akiak. It was the middle of March, freezing cold and we had to fly a small plane from Bethel to our village. To people outside Alaska this seems unbelievable.
What is the strangest thing you've ever seen in Alaska? The sheer amount of coffee shops and drive thru coffee stands in Eagle River. Seriously, there is less coffee in Colombia.
Name the person you most respect and why. Ron Burton. By far he exemplified what a man should be. He hosted a camp my brothers and I attended when we were in middle and high school. He lived by four traits, which he shared with us: Humility, Kindness, Love and Peace. He took young men from all over the country taught them these lessons and forever changed our lives.
Famous quote to live by: "The worst they can say is no." — Any good mentor
What did your pet or child teach you about business? From my children I have realized we should always ask questions, and do the things you enjoy as much as you can. Both of which make for a creative professional career.
Favorite superhero? The Hulk. Normally he is just an everyday calm guy. But when he gets upset he goes on autopilot and anything can happen. He really is not a hero just a wild card.
What is the best moral lesson learned from a character in a book? Sylvester McMonkey McBean from "The Sneetches" by Dr. Seuss. Money cannot make you a better person, the change it could bring is not the change you were looking for.
What was your biggest challenge in life and how have you overcome it? When we adopted my sister. I love her, but she came with a tremendous amount of tragic history. It was a big test to every member of our family, but made us a stronger family. My brothers and I all work in the social service field with at-risk youth.
What was the least intelligent thing you've ever done or seen and what did you learn from it? There is not enough room for me to write them all out. But as long as you are having fun and enjoying life it doesn't matter. Laugh at yourself.
Describe something you learned as a child that made a difference in your later years. When I was in Middle School, Ron Burton taught me that you stop being good when you stop getting better. There is always room for improvement and if you aren't getting better you are giving up.