About Me

Growing up on a dairy farm in Northern Minnesota, I learned how to be a generalist. With so many chores needing to be completed each day (combined with school and my role as the big brother), I thrived on learning something new each day.

Being a generalist has directed my life. My career path and artistic interests reflect this quality.

Today I am proud to serve as the Executive Director of Textile Center, a national center for fiber art located at 3000 University Ave. SE in Minneapolis, just steps away from the Metro Green Line’s Prospect Park station.

Before joining Textile Center, I spent nearly 8 years in North Minneapolis serving as the Director of the Capri Theater for the Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC). In this role I led a $800,000 in renovations for the theater in 2009. Not only was it rewarding to see the transformation of this theater unfold, I also embraced the opportunity to work with an outstanding architect and an amazing general contractor. Construction was a new and very creative experience for me.

I am also a photographer, graphic designer, webmaster, videographer, writer and marketing/public relations consultant.

I share an arts studio in the California Building in Northeast Minneapolis with visual artist Reynaldo Diaz. Photography has been my primary focus, but I also enjoy cartooning, videography and writing. I am a member of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEEMA).

I started my artistic career with the Minnesota Orchestra, where I served two years as a publicist and then eight years as Director of Public Affairs during the 1990s.

As a volunteer I currently serve on the Boards of the Illusion Theater (where I served five years as president) and the male vocal ensemble Cantus. I am also chairing the Minneapolis Kuopio Partnership (the sister city organization dedicated to our city’s relationship with Kuopio, Finland), and am serving on the Peavey Plaza Community Engagement Committee as a resident representative. I am also a Big Brother to Eli in the Big Brother Big Sister program.

My previous volunteer service includes the Loft Literary Center’s board, Friends of Loring Park and the Nicollet Mall Advisory Board.  In 2003 I had the pleasure of serving with Robyne Robinson of KMSP TV as co-chair of the first “Minneapolis Mosaic” celebration of arts and culture in 2003.

In 2007 I was a fellow in the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.

Prior to joining the Minnesota Orchestra, he served three years as news editor of a community weekly newspaper–the Monticello (Minn.) Times. I graduated from Bemidji State University in 1987 (with a B.S. in Mass Communication and a B.A. in Music History) and Clearbrook High School in 1982.