Board Member, Special Projects
In his advice to his children, Professor Stephen Hawking said, “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet; and that work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it.” My own father gave me the same advice. Although I am now retired, I still look at the stars and find meaning and purpose in volunteer activities that help others reach for the stars in their life.
My work life has included many fulfilling adventures: high school math teacher, US Air Force weather officer, city planner in Denver, commercial real estate sales and research, and economic development manager for counties and cities. My personal life includes a loving wife, son and daughter-in-law, and two grandsons.
My volunteer activities now include Montview Presbyterian Church, Seeds of South Sudan, Model A Club of Colorado, Habitat for Humanity, many family and grandchildren activities, as well as camping and travel to distant places.
I got to know Arok Garang when I sought a speaker for a church forum on “The Lost Boys of Sudan”. Arok had a compelling story to tell, and I soon joined him in seeking to fulfill the hopes and dreams that he has for the Seeds of South Sudan nonprofit organization. The refugee orphans that he rescues from the Kakuma Refugee Camp are given the opportunity, through education, to reach for their stars, and become future enlightened leaders in their home country of South Sudan.