By day, I am a Linux system administrator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. By evening and the occasional weekend, I try to be active in my community. I'm a director of the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation, a group whose goal is to foster communication between associations and local officials. I'm the president of my neighborhood association, which has the Naperville Historic District in its boundaries. Previously, I spent seven years as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the City of Naperville, and six of those years as the PZC representative on the Historic Preservation Commission.
I have been told I have an unusual set of hobbies. I am a trained storm spotter and have chased tornadoes with the College of DuPage. As a ham radio operator, I lend my time and skills to the communications unit of the Naperville Emergency Management Agency, and I used to edit the newsletter for the DuPage Amateur Radio Club. I go Geocaching. I have been to all 30 Major League Baseball parks. And I love road trips: I've been to 50 states, including all 102 counties of my home state.