When I was 9 years old, my mom was in a horrible auto accident which left her severely disabled. I did her cooking, cleaning, and laundry – as well as my own. I didn’t want anyone to experience the deep pain I felt; I developed a deep passion to serve and help others.
I double majored in mathematics and engineering in high school; I was registered for engineering college -- I never made it. Two months after graduating high school, I was in a horrible auto accident which was supposed to take my life; I was left paralyzed from the neck down. Miraculously, I lived… more miraculously, I learned to walk again. I was given a second chance at life. My passion to help others grew exponentially.
After learning to walk again, I began to go through extensive career counseling (I had an identity crisis). I studied at least 6 different majors (electrical engineering, mathematics, architectural engineering, Masters of Divinity, computer engineering, Masters of Leadership). I attended 5 different universities. I made all the mistakes that most young adults make: bad financial decisions, bad relationship decisions, unable to decide on a major, struggles with my faith, etc, etc, etc. Once I understood who I was, who God was, and what I was made to Do and Be, everything came into harmonious alignment.
I live to help people avoid the pitfalls I made; and for those who find themselves stuck (paralyzed) I am invigorated to help them crawl out of sophisticated struggles.
I am currently the President of YOU. Only Better.™ -- a coaching and training firm specializing in organizational development, leadership coaching, executive coaching, teenager coaching, and young adult coaching. I’ve been blessed to serve clients such as Sodexo, M&T Bank, HSBC, Kaleida Health, University at Buffalo, Canisius College, and over 100 others. I’ve been fortunate to travel the world and speak / coach many thousands of people.
I hold a B.A. from Houghton College; an M.A. in Leadership from Asbury; and various other degrees and credits from institutions such as the University at Buffalo, the University of Kentucky, and the Center for Applied Cognitive Studies.
Though I’ve dabbled in many technical fields such as mathematics, book keeping, engineering, and computers, my real love is for people. Amazingly (after all, I was emotionally lost and a quadriplegic) I have been able to work with beautiful people and institutions doing global relief work to bring safe water, education, and job opportunities to developing countries throughout the world.
I stand on the shoulders of giants serving alongside them in many non-profit organizations working with boards of directors and administration in leadership, customer service, training, global relief work, and in other various capacities. To name a few whose influence I am eternally grateful for: World Hope International, Billy Graham Evangelical Association, New Life International, and others.
I live my life fulfilling every opportunity to provide avenues for others to realize their greatest potential.
BA - Humanities / Religion
MACL - Masters in Leadership
MDiv - Masters of Divinity
xSAIL Change Coach
Truth@Work Chapter President
WorkPlace Big 5 Personality Profile
Myers Briggs Personality Assessment
DiSC Communication Tool
Microsoft Office Specialist
Firo Business Assessment
Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument
Strong Interest Inventory
ACT World of Work Map
Holland Hexagon Career Interests
Schein Career Anchors
ACT Work Attributes
Gardners Eight Talents