I was born and raised in Bellmore, NY, and currently live in Virginia with my wife and three children.
I earned my B.S.Ed. in Health & Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Medicine and my M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of Virginia. I completed my Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Maryland, where I learned how to promote systemic equity, access, and justice in schools. I also attained a master of divinity degree from Virginia Union University, where I more deeply explored the intersection of my faith and social responsibility. I am honored to have served as a high school counselor in suburban, urban, and rural communities, taught undergraduate and graduate students at top-tier universities, published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, held elected state and national leadership roles in educational organizations, and founded and pastored a nondenominational worship community.
My passion is to help all people discover, develop, and deploy their God-given talents. I deliver in-person and virtual speaking and training across the nation to K-20 students and educators, high school and collegiate athletic department leadership, church leaders, and non-profit and business leaders on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. I also provide personal coaching services.