I’m a native Tucsonan, and a retired Air Force veteran. I used my GI Bill to go to college in my later years, so in 2017 I graduated from the University of Arizona. While I was in school, I was a student employee with the Compost Cats. I came to Tucson Meet Yourself to do all the composting and garbage recycling and separation and I’ve been doing it ever since. This is my sixth year working at the festival. I love the concept of Tucson Meet Yourself. It really does a lot of good bringing communities together, introducing people to different cultures. We need more of that in this country. We’re the United States of America, the great melting pot. It’s important to be able to recognize everybody in our community.
One of my greatest memories was when I met my wife. I was going to a youth group at church and I mistook her for one of the teachers; she was all dressed up professional. I found out we went to the same high school together, so I ended up at her locker the very next day. I have five children, two grandkids.I am most proud of my children, who are all folklorico performers with Viva Performing Arts. My three boys are all folklorico instructors, and my 13-year-old daughter is one of the up and coming dancers in the professional group.