Life Lessons

Athletics

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Training since March 2011
  • Medals in 3 out of 4 competitions to date.
  • Awarded a blue belt on 17-Mar-2014 by Grandmaster Pedro Sauer.
  • Currently training under Tom Tegner with Cascadia Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
  • Coaching Beginner-level classes every Sunday @ World Class Athletics.
Football
  • 10 year veteran, starting in 8th grade.
  • All NY State Team, 1999.
  • Five seasons Division III NCAA. Primary position: Defensive Tackle
  • Learned leadership skills, practiced teamwork on a daily basis, and became excellent at executing orders, winning, and dealing with adversity.
Baseball
  • 11 years (Age 5 – 16)
  • 3-Time Babe Ruth All-Star

Volunteer

Life Tactics
  • Anti-Bullying Campaign (2013 – Present)
  • IT & Marketing assistance (2013 – Present)
Montavilla Food Co-op
  • Kitchen Staff (Portland Fruit Tree Project – October 2012)
Red Cross Blood Donor
  • 15 pints donated since 2000.
Volunteer PC Tech
  • Pro-bono consultation for Hillsboro Food Co-Op steering committee.
  • Pro-bono PC support and consultation for Life Tactics/PSGBJJ
  • Free web-design/business consultations for MonicaLovesGifts.com

Travel

Costa Rica & Nicaragua – 2005
  • Spent 7 months living, working, and studying in the Nicaraguan countryside.
  • Became conversational in Spanish.
  • Worked on a cattle ranch and assisted with running a small food distributor.
  • Managed the technology at the Internet Cafe in Matiguas.
  • Visited Mt. Masaya, an active volcano that was worshiped as an angry god.
  • Swam in Lake Managua, one of the world’s largest salt-water lakes, and which is purported to be shark infested.
  • Traveled by bus to Costa Rica for a week in San Juan.
Several States, Many Homes
  • 13 years – Beacon, NY (1981 – 1994)
  • 3 years – Hopewell Junction, NY
  • 2 years – Poughquag, NY
  • 1 year – North Bridgton, ME
  • 2 years – Oneonta, NY
  • 2 years – Greensboro, NC
  • 7 mos – Matiguas, Matalgalpa, Nicaragua
  • 1 year – Spring Hope, NC
  • 1 year – Raleigh, NC
  • 8+ years – Portland, OR

Hobbies

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Disc Golf
  • Tabletop & PC Games
  • Writing lyrics and practicing keyboards/guitar
  • Meditation
  • Cooking & Baking
  • Science Fiction
  • Discovering music
  • Rafting/Floating/Camping