|Preferred Mailing Address||6435 Stella Circle
Lino Lakes, MN 55038
|Contact Phone||Work: 763-514-0985|
|Home: (cell) 651-260-8452|
|Education||BS Industrial Engineering – Iowa State University
MS Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering – Iowa State University
|Interest in developmental disabilities||A close relative of mine was born in the mid 1950s with a developmental disability. He experienced life in a largely separate environment, including time at state institutions in Faribault and Brainerd. In the 1980s he transitioned to a group home setting and sheltered work environments. He returned to live with family in 2015; and passed away in 2016.
Fast forward the clock to 2004 - my daughter Anne was born with Down Syndrome. She is welcomed home by her family, immersed in early childhood educational activities, attends public school, accesses needed services, develops friendships with many, learns to read, positively interacts with peers and regularly shows her dad her unique perspective and view of the world.
My interest comes not from seeing how far we have come, but yet how far we have to go in creating an inclusive world without barriers for those with developmental disabilities.
|Experience in developmental disabilities||Graduate of Partners in Policymaking – Class 32
Legislative Liaison – National Down Syndrome Association
Special Olympics MN – level 2 certified coach
MN Down Syndrome Society - Member
And the most challenging experience - with my wife, raising three teenage girls with Down Syndrome and four boys – ages 10 – 20.
|Anything else about yourself||In 2008, our family adopted two girls with Down Syndrome from an orphanage in Ukraine. They both were abandon and at birth and despite early life challenges and adjustments to a new life – the girls have thrived and become completely integrated into our family.
In my spare time; I enjoy fixing things and spending time at our family cabin in the Superior National Forest – unplugging and enjoying nature.