I am a father, husband, and supporter of many causes. I have 4 brothers and many nieces and nephews. Both of my daughters are unique and have a lot to contribute to our world. Tabitha is the oldest and will be graduating from Temple University this year with a Doctor’s degree in Psychology. Alicia is the youngest and has autism but yet brings light to our lives each and every day. My wife, Maria, is the one who sort of keeps our family together (in one way or another). She has been Alicia’s primary caregiver for many years.
I attended Drexel University in the 1960’s and have two degrees, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science. I started out as a technical writer and gradually progressed up to documentation manager. Then I found my passion in computer programming at which I have been working for over 25 years.
Causes I’ve helped with and continue helping include:
- Patch Adams Free Clinic in Philadelphia – I’ve worked with Paul Glover for about 4 years on this.
- Transition Town Media – I’ve been involved since before this became official. I’ve help in strategy sessions and activities.
- Timebank Media – I’m one of the original coordinators when this started over 3 years ago.
- Timebanks USA – I’m helping the national organization with their website and communications strategies.
Last year a friend and I started a non-profit called New Avenue Foundation. It’s mission is to create more meaningful lives for people with developmental disabilities and autism, and to reduce dependence on the government programs that now support these individuals. I am co-founder and Director of Community Inclusion. This was something that I was already working on for our daughter and joined forces with another parent who was doing the same thing for his daughter. Together we hope to:
- Develop creative living arrangements with greater family involvement in financing and support services.
- Support community activities and expand participation in those activities by creating a “community enterprise”, like:
- Plants and flowers at the media farmers market
- On-going community service projects and events
- Create and grow a non-profit organization that oversees the housing and community inclusion programs, with a governing board comprised of parents, community residents and civic leaders.
In the summer of 2014, I became a member of the Rotary Club of Media. I did this to better help the community and because my morals and values are their’s – “Service above self.” We value truth, fairness, goodwill towards all, building friendships, and help make things that are beneficial to all. In the fall of 2015, I transferred to the Rotary Club of Central Delaware County where I felt I could help better.