I was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1955. I relocated to San Jose, California on completion of my military service with the United States Navy.
I lost my father when I was 13 and the years following were fraught with problems such as insecurity then aggression, alcohol, and drugs. These were the coping mechanisms I chose to deaden the anxiety and pain.
Inevitably the drugs and alcohol led to a predictable conclusion, incarceration. I am adamant in my desire to fully understand the causative factors which drove my behavior in order to resolve the internal conflict that informed my decision making in the past.
I graduated from high school in 1974 and then immediately began attending Ohio Institute of Technology (O.I.T.) in Columbus, Ohio. I left O.I.T. for the military in 1975. More recently:
- I am working to complete an Associate of Arts degree from Patten University
- I am also a facilitator of Hope for Strikers and Criminals and Gang Members Anonymous
- I am a tutor and member of the Executive Body of Project Reach
- I graduated from Men of Standards Mentoring Program under the auspices of West Care Substance Abuse Program (SAP)
- I am a Certified HVAC technician
- I am currently employed as a Peer Health Educator for Centerforce
I am a 2013 graduate of The Last Mile. I am currently learning several programming languages including Python and WordPress. I reside in San Jose, California. I am currently employed at Mindjet in San Francisco.