I spent the first 12 years of my life in Korea, Japan and Vietnam. After the fall of Vietnam, I returned to my fatherâ€™s hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska where I lived until I headed to the Eastern US in 1989. I am half Japanese and half German-Irish so I have family in both the US and Japan.
After a successful career in law enforcement that spanned almost 20 years (as a correctional officer then police officer) and 13 years in the Army Reserves, I changed careers in 2000 and entered the then emerging world of the Internet. I began my journey as a graphic artist and web developer before transitioning to the world of Medical Education as an Instructional Designer.
For over the past 12 years I have been involved with medical education and for the past 4 years as the Assistant Director/Manager of the Academic Systems and Educational Technology at the University of Medicine and New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM) and the Graduate School of Biomedical Science on the South New Jersey Stratford campus of UMDNJ.
During the past year, UMDNJ was legislatively broken apart and the two schools that I worked for within UMDNJ, the School of Osteopathic Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Stratford; became a part of Rowan University on July 1, 2013.
In addition to my role at the UMDNJ-SOM and GSBS, I am also adjunct faculty at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in their College of Graduate Studies Instructional Technology program.
I am currently in a doctoral program at Creighton University and will have my Ed.D in Interdisciplinary Leadership (Business, Education and Healthcare) in Spring of 2015.