From where are you + how'd you get started?
I'm from Hebron, Maine. After graduating high school, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy for a 4-year contract as a Cryptologic Technician Technical (CTT) specializing in radar analysis, threat detection, and anti-ship missile defense. I spent 10 months off the coast of Iran and was assigned to DDG-55 USS Stout for my 3-year tour.
How'd you become a Toad?
I met Mark at a U.S. Navy ship tour of LSD 51 USS Oak Hill in Rockland, ME. Fast forward 4 years, we stayed in touch. When I finished my contract with the Navy, he invited me to Massachusetts to work with TOAD. I've been here ever since.
Something that no one would guess about you?
I'm not too fond of math. My glasses tend to make people think that I'm a math wizard.
Who's your hero + why?
My father. He taught me early that life will knock you down, but you need to get right back up and fight back. He taught me how to persevere, and for that, I'm grateful.
Best thing that someone ever said to you?
When I was young, my mother sat me down and explained how we had no money. Then she looked at me and said, "You can do better than me. If there were anything in this world that I'd wish for, it would be for you to live up to your maximum potential."
By what tools do you live + die?
Google, hands down, is my favorite tool, and I use it religiously. You can find out anything in the world just by googling it.