"I'm the guy you want in the cockpit when an engine catches on fire."
"As an airline pilot, a question people often ask me is “what do you do if an engine catches on fire?” The answer is that you stay calm and deal with it. A pilot has to land the plane. Pilots don’t freak out. We manage the problem, work with our team and land the plane. In 17 years of flying I experienced a handful of emergency situations and landed all of them safely. I know how to handle difficult situations when important decisions have to be made. I know how to work with a team. This has prepared me for the school board role and the work that needs to be done."
I've lived in the D112 School District with my family for 13 years. My wife and I have four children, all of whom have attended our public schools. I've been married for 17 years and attend Grace Church in Eden Prairie.
I earned a BS in Aviation Technology from Purdue University in 1992 and achieved Airline Transport Pilot in 1998.
I flew 17 years for a unique airline. I was a Captain for 13 years and flew the following aircraft: B-727, A-320, B-737, MD-80, B-757/767. I flew contract service for the USPS, the US Marshals and the Department Of Defense. I’ve also flown hundreds of vacation charters all over the Caribbean, as well as to Spain and the UK. I’ve landed nearly 40,000 passengers in Cancun while flying for Funjet Vacations from MSP.
I was fortunate to fly multiple professional hockey, basketball and football teams as well as a few well known rock bands during their tour seasons.
In 2012, I was fortunate enough to be able to make the the decision to stay at home with my kids. My family is the most important thing in my life and I have never looked back.
I have coached basketball, softball and baseball for 10 teams. I have also coached five AAU basketball teams. I have also contributed many meals to our district teachers and staff during conference days.
Why I Am Running
Just like every family in our district, the past few years have been difficult for my family. Specifically in regards to school , we have witnessed our district implement policies that are harmful to our children and their classmates’ education and mental health. I believe that things could have been handled better and it is my opinion that I have the skills necessary to help bring about changes that will make district 112 stronger and more attractive to our district families.
It has been difficult to watch students leave the district in droves. When our oldest son started kindergarten in district 112 at the old kindergarten center, we believed we had made the perfect choice to buy a home in this district. I believe that with the right people on the school board, district 112 can become even better than it was back then.
It takes the right people on a school board to implement positive change. I would view my role as a school board member to be that of a calm, thoughtful, critical thinker and a voice of reason when challenging topics and issues arise. I will listen and contribute to help find solutions. Most importantly, every decision I make will be based on what is best for our students and their families.
Becoming a member of our district 112 school board is something I feel called to do. I have the time it will require, the commitment to do what is right for our students and the skills to do what it takes.
I’m not running for School Board Member to add to my resume. I am putting my hat in the ring to help right a ship that seems to be on the brink of capsizing.
It is that simple for me.