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 at UVA where I lead the MP3 research lab or as pastor of Victory Church of Charlottesville 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.