In 2005, I married my “high school sweetheart” and–after over a decade–she is still putting up with me.
We’re animal people. I have, at the time of this writing, 6 cats, a hamster, a dog, and a 40 gallon tank full of fish.
I read a lot. Philosophy, Religion, Science, History, Fiction. You name it. I’m interested in it. In 2015, I finished a reading project in which I read 1,000 books in 1,000 days. Since then, I’ve read roughly a book a week. I also try to keep up on the latest research in the social science literature. I read National Geographic and Scientific American Mind, in addition to following a variety of other media outlets.
I write a little. I wrote a book about curiosity at the beginning of 2014, and I’ve been trying to live out its principles ever since. At the end of 2015, I published a novella as part of National Novel Writing Month. Since 2010, I’ve written over 500 articles online and continue to write occasionally on my personal blog, Relentless Curiosity.
Philosophically, I identify strongly with existentialist thought (read my essay, Resignation and Revolt). Religiously, I come from the Christian tradition and continue to work through this tradition in my evolving understanding of the Holy. As of 2016, I’ve been a proud member of and participant in the work of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
I’m obsessed with coffee. While I’m not on any strict diet, I try to eat both healthily (high protein and fiber, low refined carbs and sugars) and sustainably (very little meat). Finally, I’ve been doing intermittent fasting (16/8 method) since September 2015.
I listen to a lot of NPR. I’m obsessed with superhero movies. My favorite music–a persistent lingering force from my days in Evangelical youth groups– tends to be “Christian” Rock (see RadioU). Some of my all-time favorites include Demon Hunter, Project 86, Thousand Foot Krutch, Skillet, and Red.
From 2010-2013, I worked in Internet marketing space: email marketing, social media, seo, content development, etc.
From 2013-2016, I worked as a sales analyst for a company that makes home organization products.
Starting in 2017, I’ve worked as a data analyst for an economic consulting firm in downtown Cleveland. I aggregate, clean, and organize labor market data that is fed into a software platform offered to Chambers of Commerce and large institutions seeking out actionable information on employment trends across all industries.
I am extremely passionate about data science, and I have been using every resource at my disposal (Coursera, Udemy, Datacamp, Edx, Big Data University, etc.) to learn the field since 2015. Thus far, I have become proficient in Microsoft Excel (including VBA), Tableau, SQL, and R Programming–and somewhat of a novice in Python and MongoDB.
Bachelor of Science in Business Economics. The University of Kentucky. 2009.
Master of Business Administration. Youngstown State University. 2013.