I was born and raised in Bellmore, NY, and currently live in Virginia with my amazing wife and three incredible children. When I’m not with them, I spend my time serving as a faculty member in the Curry School of Education at UVA or as an Associate Pastor at Grace Covenant Church or on the basketball court trying to recreate the good old days.
I earned my B.S.Ed. in Health/Physical Education and my M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of Virginia before working for several years as a high school counselor. I later earned my Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Maryland where I learned how to think systemically about promoting equity, access, and justice in schools. I continued my studies at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, where I earned a Master of Divinity degree and was challenged to analyze the intersection of faith and social responsibility.
My passion is to serve people, especially underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.