I was born and raised in the City of Cottage Grove, I went to Hillside School and Park JR. and SR. High schools.
I have supported youth sports here in Cottage Grove, I coached both baseball and soccer I also was a volunteer umpire for baseball. As a youth I played baseball and football. As a teenager I spent time in activism working at protecting our state and federal forests. I have been an activist my whole adult life, I spent many of hours at the state capital lobbying for the environment and social justice, farming rights, clean water and clean air. I spent four years on the Public Safety Health and Welfare Commission here in the City of Cottage Grove. I lived in St Paul for a few years in the 90's and I helped them implement the recycling project, I was recognised by the city for my efforts. I moved back to Cottage Grove and I have lived here ever since.
I have been a union steward and spent time on my political parties Coordinating Committee as well as my locals chair.