I was born on August 10, 1980, in Wise County, Virginia, a small town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. Growing up in the beautiful countryside of Spotsylvania County, I developed a deep appreciation for nature and a strong sense of community. I am married to Elizabeth Rusk, and we have two children, a son, and a daughter, who bring immense joy and fulfillment to our lives.

As I pursue my education and career goals, I have decided to become a clinical psychologist to help individuals struggling with mental health issues. Currently, I am a student at a local university, working tirelessly towards achieving my dream. In addition to my academic pursuits, I am also involved in community service. I work for 10-7 Farms with AmeriCorps, where I assist in various projects and outreach programs to provide support, guidance, and resources to individuals facing addiction and mental health challenges. My passion for helping others has led me to become a registered Peer Recovery Specialist and an Integrated Forensic Peer Recovery Specialist.

In 2013, I became involved with HOPE3, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals to discover their faith in Christ. I have attended their HOPE3 Weekend and have been on the Emmaus Walk as well, FE 113. Over the years, I have played an active role in HOPE3 and currently serve as a board member.  Joining HOPE3 in 2013 was a pivotal moment in both my professional and personal development. As a board member, I have had the opportunity to shape the organization’s programs and services.