My goal is to encourage people to change the world, one person, one heart at a time, while approaching life as an adventure.
I have spent 51 years serving people in crisis. I have been a firefighter driving a rescue and first aid truck; a mentor for kids in a disciplinary high school; and a lawyer for for poor people, survivors of domestic violence, and persecuted Central Americans fleeing the violence of civil war and seeking the protection of political asylum.
I saved the ones I could, and tried to comfort the ones I couldn’t.
Now I tell their stories.
A summary of my what and where:
1969 – 1977 Firefighter in charge of a first aid and rescue truck
1971 – 1977 US Army trained medic, California National Guard
1977 – 1979 Domestic Violence Lawyer, Iowa Legal Services, Sioux City, Des Moines
1980 – 1981 Bartender, concierge, chief excuse maker at a small hotel on Tortola, British Virgin Islands
1981 – 1983 Domestic Violence Lawyer, Iowa Legal Services, Ottumwa, Iowa
1983 – 1985 Lived on a sailboat in southern California and Baja California, Mexico
1985 – 1987 Taught in a high school for bad boys and bad girls, Los Angeles, California
1987 – 1989 Lived in Mexico City, researched civil war situation on the ground in El Salvador for a report to Senator Tom Harkin, (D Iowa)
1989 – 1991 Started ProBAR, representing political asylum seekers from Central America, in Harlingen Texas
1991 – 1993 Lived in Guatemala where we adopted our eldest daughter Elizabeth, Guatemala City
1993 – 1998 Taught English to professional adults, our daughter Iliana was born, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
1998 – 2019 American Bar Association, Immigration and Substance Abuse work, Washington, DC
2010 – 2019 Supervised ABA Commission on Immigration ICE Detainee Hotline, Washington, DC
2019 Moved to San Diego, California