I am a proud resident of Rhode Island with deep local roots. While living in Pawtucket, my father, Ray, was a District Manager of the Rail Road Retirement Board. My mother, Marion, was an employee of Automatic Data Processing in East Providence, Rhode Island. My sister, Mary, is a multi-Emmy Award-winning Multimedia Education Producer for PBS.
My interest in politics began back in college. While working as a dietary aide (dishwasher) at Slater Health Center in Pawtucket — now called Genesis Healthcare — I pursued my passion for public service as an intern for Congressman Patrick Kennedy. Also, while still in college, at the age 20, I was elected as Union Delegate with the Local 1199 SEIU. I proudly represented employees from diverse backgrounds and in 2003, graduated from the Community College of Rhode Island with Highest Honors, Phi Theta Kappa.
On scholarship, I attended High Point University in North Carolina where I was challenged to live a life of significance through servant leadership. I graduated with All University Honors, Summa Cum Laude in 2005 and then, in 2006, graduated from Officer Candidate School.
During the height of the Iraq war, I deployed with back-to-back tours in Iraq. Because of my long tenure in Iraq, I served in multiple positions including platoon leader. My platoon conducted various operations in support of tens of thousands of uniformed personnel making our battle space one of the largest in Iraq for any leader. When I returned home, I was an advocate for the repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy’ and worked as a National Security Council intern in the Obama White House.
Finally, I have come home to help rebuild our community. Based out of the Newport Naval Base, I serve as a Captain and Civil Affairs team leader.
I hold an Associate degree from the Community College of Rhode Island, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration Concentration in Economics from High Point University, a Master in Business Administration from Texas A&M University - Commerce, and a Master of Arts in International Relations National Security policy from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio.