I grew up in a blue-collar home in a small town in Iowa, and have lived as an adult in Dallas, TX, Rochester, NY, Sioux City, IA, and Washington, DC. I have worked as an Associate Professor at two colleges and an academic administrator at one, as Vice President of Online Learning a for a financial corporation, as a Senior Change Management Consultant for an international IT company, and as a Photoshop seminar lecturer for North America. During other periods, I have been an online media producer, chiropractic educator and textbook author, arts writer, curriculum writer, bank teller, retail jewelry manager, hospice liaison, house painter, academic technology consultant, web developer, and a hospital orderly. I have worked in higher education, for Fortune 100 corporations, and for a K-12 educational non-profit. My PhD is in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas, and I hold previous degrees in computer animation, general science, art and cultural traditions, and chiropractic medicine. I currently teach art appreciation, composition, and world literature at Dallas area colleges. I am passionate about life-long learning, teaching first-generation college students, and expanding public access to the magical worlds of arts and letters.