What motivated you to start volunteering at NAMI MC?
My wife and daughter got involved and it was interesting.
How long have you volunteered with NAMI MC?
About three-four years?
What’s your favorite part about volunteering with NAMI MC?
I enjoy doing stuff whether it’s organizing the library, stuffing envelopes, delivering things to schools, or stopping the toilet from
How has volunteering at NAMI MC impacted your life?
I enjoy contributing to the community. I also volunteer STEM teaching at Montgomery County Schools, plus working with professional societies: American Society for Microbiology, American Association for Advancement of Science, International Association for Food Protection, and the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention.
Do you have any advice or insight for those interested in volunteering
with NAMI MC?
Do it. Giving is better than receiving. “Giving is a blessing” and “A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the
great.” Proverbs 18:16. “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
Kahlil Gibran, “The Prophet”
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I rode a motorcycle to Alaska and back through Texas (in Augh-ust) to attend a family reunion and a scientific meeting. I have
a reputation as a penny pincher; so when Stephanie and I arrived in her Mercedes at a Maine gathering, folks exclaimed “Now we know why you’re cheap”. In ‘68, ‘70, & ‘72, Mary, Kathy and I vacationed in Mexico and spent $5.00 and day for all three. That when “$5.00 A Day” was only to cover meals and hotel for one.
When you’re not volunteering, what do you like to do for fun?
Before I broke my hand in 2012, I enjoyed hopping on a motorcycle and enjoying the roads around South Mountain. Now I do literature searches and write articles about food safety issues.