My undergraduate degree is from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, where I graduated in 2002 with a major in religion and minors in music and computer science. I was active in Gustavus’s music program: for four years I studied clarinet privately and performed in the Gustavus Band (now Gustavus Wind Orchestra). My study abroad experiences include a month in Germany after high school graduation and a music performance tour in Norway and Sweden (recording) during my senior year of college.
My library science degree is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation, I worked at Concordia College, in Moorhead, MN, as Computer and Web Services Librarian/Reference and Instruction Librarian. I was the library liaison to the departments of religion, history, and music.
I am married to Maggie, an Ole and pianist/composer extraordinare who grew up in Oregon. She is a board-certified music therapist working as an activity director at a senior living community in Saint Louis Park. We are proud “parents” of two adopted cats: brown tabby named Nerma and a black cat named Yuki. I like dogs, too, especially Pugs.
I was accepted into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Metro State and take classes part-time. I hope to finish the program sometime in 2014.
My interests include: playing the clarinet; playing and collecting board games, including German-style games; collecting cookbooks and trying out new recipes; hiking, biking, and running; visiting state parks and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW); watching live Met operas broadcast in HD; and listening to public radio.