I am an assistant professor and reference and instruction librarian in the Library and Learning Center at Metropolitan State University, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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.

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