Director of Operations | Pacific Region
Hobbies: playing guitar, motorcycling, snorkeling (I will make the plunge for scuba diving this year.)
Q What made you decide to become a part of the USO team?
A The USO offers me the opportunity to provide untethered service and support to the folks who need us the most: the soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, Marines, Coasties and their families. It's sinful, but I am having way too much fun doing my job … I wouldn't trade this for the world.
Q What motivates you to come to work every day?
A Knowing that my actions directly support our "frontline" employees and volunteers in their daily interaction with our patrons.
Q Can you tell us a little about your colleagues?
A The best way to describe my colleagues is as follows: If I was to draw a circle on a poster board, one colleague would see circle, another would see a boundary, another would focus on the area outside of the circle, yet another would populate it with additional things, and another would draw a smiley face. However, when it comes to supporting the USO Mission and caring for our patrons, my colleagues are in lockstep in providing the best support possible. I work with some of the greatest folk I have come to know. Our personalities and ages are as diverse as you could imagine, but we all mesh like a well-oiled machine. I mean everyone is welcomed and all "fit in." And while my colleagues all have different hobbies, tastes in music, clothing, and food, different senses of humor and different levels of education, the one thing we have on common is our dedication to supporting the USO Mission and Core Values. In all my professional life, I have not witnessed till now the amount of joy my fellow employees have when doing their jobs to support our Marines, sailors, airmen, soldiers, Coasties and their families … My colleagues are always smiling, and I am so thankful to be a part of this team.
Q What do you enjoy most about working for the USO?
A I thoroughly enjoy working with our employees and volunteers. I am grateful that I have had the wealth of experience as a retired veteran and MWR experience because I am able to share my lessons from those 37 years of experience with our employees. It's rewarding. Equally, I love volunteering – seeing the joy on our patrons' faces when the USO shows up at a barracks with a home-cooked meal, or a "Hello, how are you doing?" is totally awesome. It's truly a joy working with great people and serving our patrons.