Profile

A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

I am a statelicenseed optician with 4 years experience working for an independent optometrist and for a major chain. I expertly fit and fashion eyewear (frames, lenses and treatments) based on patient need and lifestyle.

The diversity of my volunteer and job experience has prepared me for public-oriented work supporting a mission-based organization or business that is dedicated to serving the public good. I seek a steady position with long-term prospects.

I'm a San Fernando Valley native, and the son of a native too. I went to private schools up through 11th grade when I went to and graduated from U.S. Grant High School in North Hollywood. My father was a machinist for about 40 years and my mother was a homemaker raising five children.

I've worked in restaurants and as a school bus driver, and have designed an award winning Rose Parade float. I have worked for a variety of non-profits: providing housing; and connecting the unemployed with training and jobs; serving on a Neighborhood Council board; and recently, teaching art to middle school students. Also, I have operated small businesses, had a decades-long career in journalism as an editor and writer, managed teams of employees as small as 7 to as large as 130.

I have worked in retail, selling art supplies and eyewear, also selling my own wares at art and craft shows, outdoors and at home shows. As a landscaping consultant I urged people to adopt low-water/low maintenance yards with the pitch to "Kill Your Lawn; Fire Your Gardener."

As an art teacher at a middle school and a private store-front art school, my motto was that I could teach anyone, anyone,  to make art they liked. With decades of illustration in publications, extensive photography background and a fervid pursuit of experimental painted mixed media tecniques, I bring my unique point of view, a grown-up work ethic, a team-friendly operational knowledge to every situation, as a leader or laborer.