Born and raised in Saginaw, MI. Grew up in a large family of 12 siblings of which my parents adopted 10. After graduating high school, I enlisted into the Army. I started as a Field Artillery Mechanic, but I had the opportunity to train as an Air Traffic Controller. I did that for about ten years. While serving as an Air Traffic Controller I earned my Bachelors, applied for, and was selected to attend Officer Candidate School. Upon graduation I was appointed as a Logistics officer. I served a total of 23 years and held many different positions such as Recruiter, Recruiting Commander, and Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal School Commander. I lived in several locations throughout the US, Germany, and Korea. I served in both the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Upon separation from the Army, I was hired in by Georgia Pacific in Owosso, MI. During my time with them was the Reliability Manager and plant Superintendent. I have four children; Claire is a Cosmetologist and lives with her husband in Japan, Aidan is a Flight Attendant living in Denver, Erin is at Kettering University, and Elise is entering 7th grade this year. My hobbies include DIY projects, hiking (I did 75 miles this summer), and going on cruises with the family. We have been on ten so far.