I grew up in Zephyrhills, Florida, about 30 miles north of Tampa. I have two older brothers, two older sisters and a younger sister. I also have an older step-sister and younger half brother.

I am married to Paula, who teaches Family And Consumer Sciences at St. Joseph-Ogden High School (SJO). She also runs the work coop program at the high school. Paula has a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and a Master of Science in Technology. Both degrees are from Eastern Illinois University.

We have six grown children – five daughters and one son.  We also have three grandsons and four granddaughters!