My story may be familiar: big city boy comes to small town for college, falls in love with the area (falls inlove with a girl), thinks that the small city is "too small," that he can't have the impact he wants to haveon the world. He leaves to discover the world and realizes, after a decade, that returning to his ownbackyard may be the best move he could make.
Here's the twist: I still want to change the world. I still seek meaningful work, work that will allow me tomake a difference in the lives of my community. However, my hope now is connected to Roanoke.Sixteen years ago, I built strong roots in Roanoke; and even though I needed to spread my wings tolearn about the world, my roots are still firmly planted here.
To me, Roanoke symbolizes a balanced life, a chance to have a positive and lasting impact withoutsacrificing what is most important to me: my family. In exchange, I would like to offer Roanoke a newperspective, one built on broader world experiences which have not only influenced my ownperspectives, but also have influenced my ability to create, sustain, and secure productive communityrelationships.
The diverse experiences I've had during the past decade are highlighted below along with examples ofmy work, my creativity and my ideas.