First and foremost, I am a proud dad of two girls, a husband, and an involved Novi community member. I am running for city council because I love Novi and I want it to thrive now and far into the future. I believe that requires electing leaders who are thoughtful and responsible when considering development, who value our natural resources, and who use data to inform decisions.
Understanding and caring for the world around me has been a lifelong passion that grew into a career. I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Zoology and earned my PhD from the University of Chicago. I have studied the benefits of play behavior in chimpanzees at Gombe National Park, worked to improve animal welfare at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and the Detroit Zoo, and now am a medical writer focused on human health. Using data to support decisions and to make a positive impact is at the center of all my work.
Inspired by my own children's curiosity and driven to protect their future, I lead an environment club at our elementary school. I value this work as an opportunity to be a role model for my own children as well as a chance to empower and educate local youth to help create a sustainable Novi.
I'm known for being a confident and compassionate leader, a strong voice for protecting our wetlands and woodlands, and a clear communicator. I am committed to listening and learning from our community. Through community voice and data-driving problem-solving, we can have a tremendous impact on our community, our future.