Background and Qualifications

Who I serve: My personal goal is to help people make sense of their lives, especially those who have disadvantaged backgrounds. I had similar help when I was a young adult and it completely turned my life around.

What I mean by a "disadvantaged background": In general, I mean a life impacted by adverse experiences. Examples of adverse experiences are shown below, in the Adverse Childhood Experience Study.

Why I care: I had several generous people, mentors, help me through tough times. It made all the difference to me. I want to help others in the same way.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, University of California, San Diego, Master of Science, Utah State University, Certified Youth Mentor Coach, Youth Coaching Institute, Certified Youth Leadership Coach, Youth Coaching Institute, Associate Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation.

Biography: I grew up in a dysfunctional household and at age 19 had no goals and no sense of direction. A friend of my mother's, a psychotherapist, became my mentor and from him I learned to set goals and work to attain them. As a result, I earned a master's degree from Utah State University when I was 26, had a successful career, and retired early.

From a physical fitness perspective, I transitioned from little interest in athletics in my youth to being a cycling enthusiast and racer, recently winning the Oregon State Championship individual time trial event for my age group.

During my career I enjoyed much success, but more work was needed to become a whole human being. Accomplishments were great for building self esteem, but not for nurturing close personal relationships. With the help of life coaching I have opened up new dimensions in my life and my path forward is clear: I am committed to being loving and present in my family life and helping others, just as I was helped by my mentor in my youth. The "helping" method I have chosen is life coaching; it is practical, effective, and has an immediacy I have not found in other therapies.

For Life Coaching I started my training at Youth Coaching Institute. That is where I received not only my training, but much encouragement in my quest to effectively help others. More about this institute is on the Resources page.

If you would like help exploring where you are, where you would like to go, and how to get there, please use the contact link on this page to send an email. I have the experience, training, and a deep understanding of how you can leverage your past experiences into a bright future.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on future mental health, physical health, and opportunity.

The three types of ACEs include:

  • Abuse
    • Physical
    • Emotional
    • Sexual
  • Neglect
    • Physical
    • Emotional
  • Household dysfunction
    • Mental illness
    • Incarcerated relative
    • Mother treated violently
    • Substance abuse
    • Divorce

How many of these adverse experiences did you have?

Adverse Childhood Experiences determine the likelihood of the ten most common causes of death in the United States.

The top 10 Risk Factors are smoking, severe obesity, physical inactivity, depression, suicide attempt, alcoholism, illicit drug use, injected drug use, 50+ sexual partners, history of STDs.

With an ACE Score of 0, the majority of adults have few, if any, risk factors for these diseases.

However, with an ACE Score of 4 or more, the majority of adults have multiple risk factors for these diseases or the diseases themselves.

Source: Administration for Children and Families -
Image Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention