My wife, Tricia, and I have been married 30 years; we’ve lived in De Pere for 20 years. Our three daughters, Casey, Carly and Randy, grew up here, attending Our Lady of Lourdes School and West De Pere High School. We love our home town, our schools, our parks, our businesses, and the small town feel that we share with our neighbors.
I enjoy being involved in our community in a number of ways. At Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, I spent 10 years (2005-15) as a catechist, where I worked with high school juniors preparing for Confirmation. I sang in the choir for many years, and today I serve as a lector and communion distributor. I served on the OLOL Education Council for 6 years, 4 as chairperson. I also participate in a bible study with a small group of men.
I help organize the annual Amigos for Christ Rosary Run, a motorcycle ride that raises money to provide running water to communities in Nicaragua. We say a decade of the rosary at each of 5 locations, with peaceful and reflective rides along the bay and the lakeshore and throughout the beautiful back roads of northeast Wisconsin.
I’m a 3rd degree knight in the Abbot Pennings Council of the Knights of Columbus. I’ve volunteered for several years at St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter. When I was 17, my mother took me to my first American Red Cross blood drive, and as of February 2013, I’m now an 18-gallon donor (my daughters have all donated now too). I’ve made two trips to New Orleans (2007 & 2008) working with Catholic Charities to help homeowners cleanup and rebuild after hurricane Katrina.
I’ve also participated in other community events over the years:
- MS Walk (2003, 2011, 2012)
- Polar Plunge for Special Olympics (Feb 2009)
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training (Jun 2010)
- National Weather Service, Severe Weather Spotter training (Mar 2010)
I am a member of:
- Be The Match Bone Marrow Registry
- De Pere Historical Society
- Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway
- Reform Sex Offender Laws
In April 2014, I was very honored and humbled to receive the inaugural “Faith That Works” award from the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. This award “recognizes individuals who have influenced the workplace through business practices that reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ and his church and who share of themselves in their parishes and/or communities.” I find it difficult to describe my feelings about this, because I don’t do what I do for recognition. But I must admit that it is heart-warming to know that my time, efforts, and beliefs are noticed, and that they matter.
Ultimately, I’m a simple believer in the bible message from Matthew 25:40, which says “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” I hope you’d agree that you don’t have to be a religious or spiritual person to believe that we simply need to help each other. We all need to pitch in and work to make our community better, in whatever ways we are able. And doing so can be very enjoyable and satisfying.
I have an associate degree in Police Science from NWTC. When I was 29, I decided to go back to school, and I earned another associate degree in Computer Science from Santa Ana College in California.
I enjoy playing racquetball, downhill skiing, genealogy research and making rosaries. I also tinker with electronics, home automation, and home projects; my daughter and I once made a duct tape camper. I’m a big fan of the Green Bay Packers, being fortunate enough to hold the same season tickets once owned by my grandfather. My daughter Randy and I have held season tickets for St. Norbert College Mens Hockey since 2006. I enjoy many kinds of music, especially a cappella (I sang in a barbershop quartet for 8 years) and classic rock. I like Pentatonix and my favorite band is Styx.
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