I am a Generation X Stroke Survivor.
I woke up on the morning of June 3, 2017, with a blood clot in my basal ganglia, which robbed me of the use of my left arm and leg. With a lot of work and physical therapy, I relearned how to walk, albeit with a nifty cane. My arm is getting better, and I’m optimistic I’ll get my fingers back.
Professionally, I’m a corporate trainer and product evangelist, primarily focused on the technology industry. I’ve worked for some of the world’s largest corporations, including Toshiba and Microsoft. I’ve done media interviews at major tradeshows for broadcast around the world, and I’ve appeared on QVC multiple times. I’m always looking for new opportunities to speak, write, teach, and travel.
I’m a podcaster who drove the creation of podcast based training in US electronics retail. I’m also a regular guest on the Caffeinated Comic podcast, a Chicago-based show covering comic book, geek, and pop culture content and issues. I also host the 2-Minute Talk Tips podcast where I help folks become more effective public speakers in as little as 2 minutes a week.
In February of 2018, I launched the Strokecast podcast where I explore rehab, recovery, the frontiers of neuroscience, and one-handed banana peeling. I plan to use this platform to share my story and the stories of other stroke survivors, care givers, medical professionals, and others impacted by stroke.
Personally, I live in Seattle, WA, with my long-term girlfriend. I grew up in Queens, NY, and went to college in Helena, MT. I had a great time and education as part of the Carroll College Talking Saints, the school’s award-winning Speech and Debate team. My move to Seattle supported my coffee, sushi, and nerdy activities habits.