I began living in Brookfield in 1976 and have been able to contribute to and witness its transformation over the decades. I've witnessed the class sizes shrink from roughly 600 in the late '70's to nearly 200 in 1990. I remember when Fairview North was made into an office building and Woodside into a restaurant (Pinnacle Peak). I played youth basketball at Linfield Elementary. I remember when there was talk in the late '80s about either closing one of the high schools or making East into a freshman/sophomore school and Central into a junior/senior school. I remember the original Brookfield Elementary and Dixon schools prior to demolition and rebuild. The district has been through a lot of changes through the years, schools have been opened, closed, demolished, and sold. Having a person on the board who has a deep perspective will lend a steady hand for the future of the community.
After attending a parochial elementary school, I transferred to Elmbrook Middle School (which had been and is now again, Pilgrim Park) and then graduated from Brookfield East in 1990. I received my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and I later went back to Marquette to obtain my MBA. My involvement in the community continued as I coached baseball at Brookfield Central in 1991 and 1992 and coached (‘94-’95) and refereed for Elmbrook Youth Basketball from 1994 to 2001. During the 1990’s, I also played for both of the Brookfield Land 'O Lakes baseball teams. Now, as a father, I am helping coach within the Elmbrook United soccer program. I moved to Pewaukee in the early 2000's and then after getting married, my wife and I chose Brookfield as the place to raise our three children.