I was born in Springfield where I attended Springfield public schools. I am a graduate of Classical High School. I hold an Associate in Applied Science Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Rochester Institue of Technology, a Master's in Education form the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master of Business Education from the Isenberg School of Business at UMass Amherst. I also have professional degrees from the Professional Photographers of America including Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, Instructor, and Business Instructor..
I am retired from the US Navy and I am a disabled veteran after serving 23 years in the Marine Corps and Naval Reserves in Public Affairs and Photography. I am retired now, but worked with the Public Affairs Office at UMass Amherst, Davor Photography in Philadelphia, and for 28 years for Fujifilm in a variety of positions as a photographer, and in technical support, sales, and marketing.
I am the past president of the American Photographic Artists Guild, APAG, the International Photography Hall of Fame, and the International Panoramic Photographers Association, IAPP. I am currently on the board of the IAPP. I am the volunteer Executive Director of the Valley Photo Center, a 501c3 not for profit gallery in Springfield, Mass. I also have a part time pet photography business in Wilbraham.
I have taught photography classes at UMass Amherst, Mamaroneck NY High School, Westfield State College, and Top Food Learning in Palmer MA. I also taught numerous classes and workshops at PPA Affiliate associations and schools and for other professional and amateur photo associations across the USA, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico. I also gave programs internationally in Canada, Belgum, Ireland, and France. I was a speaker at the World Photo Congress in Ireland, Austria, and Italy.
I have served on the board of directors and as a past president of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers, the International Photography Hall of Fame, and the American Photographic Artists Guild.
I currently have a part time photography business here in Wilbraham specializing in pet, panorama, and aerial drone photography. I hold a FAA Remote Pilot certificate. I am the volunteer associate director of the 501c3 Valley Photo Center in Springfield.