I grew up between Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois, as the oldest of five children. Always interested in art, I pursued fine art at Ricks College and was so impressed with the campus and the Art Department that I made plans to return after serving a two-year LDS mission.
During my mission to Guayaquil Ecuador, I served as a Zone (area) Leader and trained two new missionaries. Without question, I loved the culture, history and the landscape. However, it was serving and teaching others about the gospel of Jesus Christ that I loved most of all.
I returned to Ricks College to pursue an Associates Degree after my mission. Luckily for me, Ricks College was transitioning to a four-year university which would provide a BFA degree in Graphic Design. Meeting and falling in love with my wife, Amy, encouraged me to continue pursuing this newly offered degree. Upon graduation and pregnant with our first child, we moved to Boise, Idaho.
I worked freelance with ad agencies in the area until a full-time position came my way. I accepted a junior designer position with an up-and-coming scrapbook company. While moving up in the company ranks, I designed fonts, stickers, products, packaging, advertising, and exhibits.
All good things must end, it seems, and the scrapbook company was quickly moving towards bankruptcy. Just in the nick of time, I heard of a job opportunity back in Rexburg with my alma mater, BYU-Idaho. And so, I've been here ever since, serving campus and mentoring student employees. I'm grateful to work where I can use my talents to bless both the school that I love and wonderful young people who are pursuing a creative career.
Amy and I are proud parents of four kids: Ethan (12), Michael (9), Jane (6), and Calvin (3). I love music, art, archeology, geology, taco trucks, hiking in the mountains, spending time with my family, and watching movies.
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