I was raised in a military family and grew up on a 40-acre farm in mid-Missouri. Though, I was born in Port Jervis, New York, where our family roots thrived for several generations. My father supported our family by working in the auto industry, and lucky enough for him, it was still going strong when he retired after 36 years at Ford Motor Company. I moved to Columbia, Missouri, after college in the fall of 1999 where I now reside with my son, Maxwell. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing slow-pitch softball, gardening and educating myself about the world around me.