I was born and raised in Muscatine, Iowa, a small town on the Iowa/Illinois border about 45 minutes east of Iowa City. My dad, Shane, step-mom, Shawna, mom, Trina, and step-dad, Matt live in Muscatine and have been huge supporters of my PhD journey. Between my mom and my dad I have four siblings: Mati and Dane live and work in Muscatine, Cael attends Muscatine High School, and Rylie plays softball at the University of Iowa.
My fiance, Sarah, also grew up in Muscatine and we have dated since high school. She is a pharmacist and works as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
In our spare time, Sarah and I enjoy watching Hawkeye sports, taking our Goldendoodle, Nile, to the dog park, hiking, traveling, and visiting new breweries.