Graduated Gallaudet University. Worked 2 years as an independent living skills specialist, then 4 years as a deaf services coordinator, both in Missouri; also member of several social work councils and task forces. Founder of a very popular deaf all-male hip-hop dance troupe, The Wild Zappers. Counselor at various summer camps for the deaf and presenter of workshops; commencement speaker at the 1998 high school graduation of the Missouri School for the Deaf. Returned to Gallaudet University for his master's degree, completing it in 2003 and delivering the student commencement speech.