I graduated from Valparaiso University and eventually became an executive officer of a bank. During that time, I suffered from mental illness (PTSD), alcoholism and drug addiction. My new career is helping, supporting and encouraging others who suffer from these same things. I do regular guest speaking to area hospital PHP & IOP groups, mental health facilities,  police departments as part of their Crisis Intervention Program training, family peer groups, and others. This has taken me to new places, meeting amazing people in recovery who have more courage, strength, resilience and resolve than anyone I have encountered in my life, and who are my true inspiration.