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I'm a wellness and corporate educator working with individuals and organizations to navigate change with grace, power, and flow. As a consultant, I work in partnership with clients to create alignment and generate results they care about.
I was born in Houston and grew up in central Texas save a 3-year family relocation to Grass Valley in northern California. Eighteen months of my early infancy was spent on a US air force base in Okinawa, Japan, where my father practiced as a family doctor and my mother cared for me and my older sister Renee.
As the second-born of seven, I learned teamwork and collaboration (and a bit of competition) at an early age. I also learned to cook, a skill which would allow me to fund my college education and buy a Honda Ascot 500, my first and only motorcycle.
I was a physically active and accident-prone youngster. At age 5, I ran through a sliding glass door, thinking it was open. My career dream, as a 9 year old climbing large oak trees in the heavily wooded backyard of our northeast San Antonio home, was to be a Hollywood stuntman.
As fate, or perhaps family history, would have it, I went a more conventional route, majoring in Mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio and entering the computer industry. My career as a corporate employee started as a software engineer at NASA and ended 12 years later as a program manager at Amazon.com.
Following a 2004 death march as a project manager for Austin, TX startup UltimateMatch.com, I phoned Ken Schwaber, told him Austin needed him, and hosted one of his first Certified ScrumMaster workshops at Austin Community College. Following a 4-month mentorship with Ken, I was designated a Scrum Trainer and began a 7 year journey as an agile coach and scrum trainer.
In 2011, I moved to rural China to train in tai chi at a monastery run by two Taoist priests. Six months later, I returned to the United States and extended my sabbatical by moving to Western North Carolina to farm organic vegetables.
In 2015, I returned to corporate work to generate income to support my wife, daughter, and stepsons. I'm currently living in Brevard, NC and commuting to Charlotte for work.
LeSS Practitioner Training with Craig Larman
Principles of Product Development Flow with Don Reinertsen
Dragon & Tiger Qigong Intensive (Washington DC) with Bruce Frantzis and Energy Arts