I am a native of Olean and a graduate of Olean High School. My educational and career pathway has taken me here and there and, in the end, back home. I attended Alfred University for two years before transferring to Texas A&M University for my bachelor's and master's degrees. I taught natural history for several years at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then enrolled in a doctoral program at the University at Buffalo. My research there focused on the effects of acid precipitation (more commonly known as acid rain) on the chemistry and ecology of Cattaraugus County streams.
After teaching for a short time at Marian College in Indianapolis, I came to Jamestown Community College more than twenty years ago. I teach a variety of biology courses here at JCC, and my work also includes creating and maintaining the articulation agreements which facilitate the transfer of JCC students to other colleges and universities. Outside of JCC, I enjoy spending time with my family and also manage to fit in the occasional fishing trip.