Running for public office is basically a big job interview. An interview that lasts for months. As the voters of Indiana District 46, you are the boss. The responsibility is on you to vet who will represent you, your family, neighbors, and our community at our Statehouse.
Discovering home-brewing just a year after moving to Bloomington in 2006, I quickly fell in love with the hobby, which quickly became an entrepreneurial obsession. I converted our two-car garage to a small brewery, learning the craft and developing new recipes during the day while working on the ambulance at night.
I like to tell people that there is no “rich uncle” of Switchyard. We strapped this thing from the ground up. We went to three banks and got denied from each one until we convinced the fourth that we had what it took to make this dream come true. I don’t take no as an answer and I do not see road blocks, I see opportunities for pivoting and making the dream come true. Am I passionate? Absolutely. Am I stubborn? Sure. Am I not afraid of risk? You bet.
I believe that I have an unconventional and innovative view on business and leadership. I knew from these humble beginnings that I wanted to not only continue to give back to our community, but create a business where people would be truly happy to be from. When we opened Switchyard in May of 2017, I had 23 coworkers, now, four years and a pandemic later, I have 47.
Learn more about the brewery at www.switchyardbrewing.com
I graduated from Yorktown High School in Delaware County. I was really interested in video production and telecommunications and spent a lot of time in High School focused on this technical trade. I really didn’t fit into the normal college lifestyle. In fact, I never graduated college.
The summer after graduating, I applied for and became a recruit at Center Township Emergency Services. I grew up a lot that summer. I remember fainting on the roof of an abandoned house in full turnout gear and an air pack while learning how to ventilate the structure. Coincidently, my peers had a chance to train on how to lower a patient down a ladder to the ground at my expense.
This experience changed my life. It also made me realize that there is a lot more that we can learn outside of the classroom than in, which is why technical schooling is so critical to the success of our state. Not everyone needs to go to college, regardless of what they try to tell you. I moved to Bloomington and after attending Paramedic School, began work at Wishard EMS in Indianapolis, then back home here in Bloomington.
Public safety will always hold a special place in my heart. I left my 12 year career in EMS to pursue my dream of owning my own business and brewing craft beer. I miss it, a lot – I miss taking care of others, I miss my brothers and sisters that I worked beside, I miss the camaraderie that only can be felt around the kitchen table after the really bad, and the really great calls.
Court Appointed Special Advocate – Monroe County CASA
Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they cannot or will not take care of you. Now, into these children’s lives comes dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers and more. Hopefully, one of these strangers is a CASA Volunteer. CASA Volunteers watch over and advocate for these abused and neglected children to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. They stay with each case until it is closed, and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many children, their CASA volunteer is a constant adult presence and is the one who advocates for them.
Every year, abused and neglected children are placed in foster care because they are unable to live safely at home. CASAs are community volunteers who are professionally trained to gather information about the child and his/her family, identify needs and possible services, speak on behalf of the child in court, monitor court orders and case plans to make sure that the case is moving forward. Responsibilities include meeting with the child monthly, talking with case managers, parents and foster parents, as well as, writing reports for and attending court hearings.
Bugler – Sons of the American Legion | Post 18 Honor Guard
I began playing trumpet at 13. I have not picked up my horn since graduating high school, until recently, when I joined the American Legion and made a commitment to begin volunteering my time to play taps with the Post 18 Honor Guard. It has been so rewarding to give back to the men and women who gave so much to our country. Every qualified veteran has a right to Military Funeral Honors and deserves live taps
Hiking, camping, fishing, boating and homesteading — Kristin and I have ducks and chickens and act like we know what we are doing, but Cora, our 4 year old daughter loves them. Our dog and rabbit are a lot easier!
I love studying leadership and really enjoy mentoring others. I am an advocate for mental health and enjoy keeping up with national politics. I love acoustic and jazz music and really enjoy a cigar with friends because it’s 45 minutes of conversation and dedicated time to talk, listen, and learn.