As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, how has RCI demonstrated inclusion or made you feel welcome?
I walked in my first day at RCI and was handed a paper about diversity week. I expected it to include race and religion, but I was surprised to see it also included gender and sexual orientation. A few years later I was asked to serve on the WynPride committee and met many LGBTQ+ employees and allies. My peers have always been opening and welcoming, and even ask questions to educate themselves. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive work place!
If you could go back in time and give your younger self advice, what would it be?
- It’s ok to be different and follow your own path in life.
- It’s ok to focus on your happiness.
- Your sexual orientation is just a piece of who you are, it doesn’t define you.
How do you support or connect with other LGBTQ+ people in your community?
The pride festival and other local events through Damien Center or IYG is a great way to connect with the LGBTQ+ community. I recently was on a diversity and inclusion board at my children’s elementary school and was able to meet other LGBTQ+ families in our own school. My children really appreciate and notice when they see other families like their own represented in the community.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love sports, hiking, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. My wife and I have always enjoyed cooking together and entertaining. We find any excuse we can to host family and friends! I have three boys (8 year old twins and a 3 year old) who are waiting to play as soon as I get done with work. As a family, we love traveling and exploring new areas. We recently took our family to Kauai for our 10 year wedding anniversary trip.