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I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, where I graduated with honors as an all-star offensive and defensive lineman football player from Delaware, Ohio, Buckeye Valley High School in 1991. I then attended Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana on an athletic scholarship where I was a three-year letter winner as the long snapper and a defensive lineman in football, and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor's degree and honors in physical education and health education.

I attended graduate school at Indiana University in Indianapolis and earned a Master's degree in Kinesiology in 1997. While in graduate school, I taught undergraduate physical education classes and played minor league professional football as an offensive lineman for the Indiana Mustangs. I have also earned a Doctoral degree in 2002 through my post graduate coursework at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan and Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

I then served as the Strength Coach for Niles High School in Niles, Michigan until 2001 and then worked as the Wellness Coordinator for the Bangor High School Wellness Center in Bangor, Michigan until 2003. I was also a Personal Trainer for Gold's Gym Harbor Country in New Buffalo, Michigan until 2005 and then at Long Beach Fitness Center in Michigan City, Indiana until 2009. I then trained at the Lakeland Athletic Club in Niles, Michigan until 2013.

I have taught health education, wellness education, and physical fitness education classes at Ring Lardner Middle School in Niles, Michigan until 2007. I then taught health education, wellness education, physical education, and weight training classes at Niles Senior High School in Niles, Michigan. I have since retired from teaching in the public schools in 2013.