I was born in Cincinnati, Oh in 1950. There was 6 boys (including myself) and 1 girl in the family, the girl was the oldest. I graduated from St. Bernard High School in 1968 and joined the US Navy in Nov 1968. I served 4 year and worked as a Ship Fitter and production welder for 4 years. I went back into the active Navy for another four years and served 2 years in the Reserves, then transferred to the US Coast Guard.
While in the service I served in the Engineering Dept. in both the Navy and Coast Guard on ships and shore stations. At times I was responsible for the safety of 74 personnel, their work duties, and security of the ship or duty station. I worked with multi governmental agency in Law Enforcement (DEA, Customs, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Swat Team) and Hazardous Material Spills (EPA, DOE). Supervised numerous minor and some major oil spills within the Puget Sound area.
While in the US Coast Guard I worked with various Volunteer Rescue Squads and Fire Departments as an EMT (Emergence Medical Technician) for 10 years. Received my certifications as a CPR Instructor and IV Technician. I conducted free CPR classes, through the American Heart Association to civilian personal, military personal, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other organization for 4 years.
After my military service I worked as a Consultant for Environmental Company that involved writing Contingency plans, conducted Hazardous Material Response training classes for certification to civilian personnel. Designed and manufactured open water recovery systems for oil spills. I had my own Environmental Consulting Company until I moved to Arizona in 2000. While in Arizona I worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for ten (10) years then retired completely.
During this time after retirement and during my last years in the military I joined non-profit organizations such as ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Towards Education) of Maryland, Washington and Arizona. I served in various Officer positions in ABATE of Washington and Arizona. In Arizona I was Chairman of the Board for two terms (total 4 years) for ABATE of Az.
I joined the American Legion in Phoenix Az. And have served as Vice President (VP) and Charter member American Legion Riders Post 105, Housing Officer, Sargent at Arms and on the Board of Directors at Legion 105. While serving as Legion Rider VP, we started and implemented the State wide Legion Riders for an event to have a DVD players for all 200 residents of the Veterans Assisted Living facility near the Phoenix VA Hospital, along with over 4000 DVD’s library. I have participated in numerous Patriot Guard Riders escort missions for over 10 years
In 2007 I joined the Free Mason Lodge of Peoria Lodge 31, raised to Master Mason 2009 and have served as Junior and Senior Warden. I currently work with the Grand Lodges “Chip (Child ID) program”.
Joined El Zaribah Shrine in 2010 and was elected as President of Motorcycle Unit 2012 and 2013. Received the Motorcycle Unit Mentor of the Year for 2012, Onion Co-Chairman for 2012, Motorcycle Unit Swap Meet Chairman 2011, Participate in Shrine Children Clinics regularly and active member of the Motorcycle Unit Drill Team riding in most the parades. I am also a member of the Legion of Honor and the Sandbaggers. I joined Scottish Rite in 2012
I work with Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), Veterans Helping Veterans and other Veteran Organizations to help children and our Veterans have a better life.
I was married and have two wonder children, Jason, who works as a Civil Engineer in Washington State. Jason is married and has three children. My daughter, Angelica lives in Alaska, is married and has two children.
I was raised to Master Mason in Oct 2009 and joined the Shrine in April 2010 during Western Shrine Association in Tempe. Since I have joined the Shrine I have served as Onion Chairmen, assisted with many events and attended the hospital clinic numerous time and worked the Motorcycle’s Bowling Palooza event every year. I was President of the motorcycle unit in 2012 and 2013. During one of my summer road trips on the bike, I stopped at the Shreveport, LA Shrine Hospital and wore my Fez. Just as I was finishing my tour with the hospital PR person, a happy scream came from the hall behind me. I turned and saw a young man about 9 years old, running towards me with two prosthetic leg and he ran as fast as he could all the while shouting “Mister Shrine I love you, thank you for everything you do” he repeated that several time. He ran into me and gave me a huge hug. I started to cry and knew then I had to do more to help our Shrine Children, I have since visited 12 Shrine Hospitals. At the moment I knew I needed to run for the Divan, our Board of Directors and try to do more to help our children. I became the “Oriental Guide”, 4th Vice President in 2014 and have had the honor to serve El Zaribah Shriners and ladies and helping our Shrine Children. I consider it a great honor to serve as an Officer and as a Noble at El Zaribah and Shine International.