Originally from Long Island, my family moved to Massachusetts when I was nine years old. Both of my parents were professional musicians; my mom was a pianist and taught out of our home, and my dad was professional flautist. He was a composer, a pit musician on Broadway and for the Metropolitan Opera, and he played in the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He got a job offer to teach music composition and theory at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, so we made our way up there.
The move to Massachusetts was a bit of a culture shock. It took me some time to get used to restaurants serving New England clam chowder (or “chowdah”) instead of Manhattan clam chowder, and that the colorful candies on ice cream were “jimmies” instead of sprinkles.
Growing up, I wrote music and played piano, saxophone, flute, and oboe. After high school, I decided to pursue a musical career and attended the New England Conservatory of Music (where my dad worked). I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music composition.
Some of my friends from home wanted to be cops and were working security jobs while in college, so I followed suit. I found myself enthralled with police work. After Graduation, I attended the Boston Police Academy to be a police officer at Boston College. I spent the next three decades in law enforcement, serving 23 years with the Massachusetts State Police. I retired as a lieutenant and served nine years as a Detective Division Commander for a major University police force.
While serving on the State Police, I decided to get my law degree and attended Western New England University School of Law part-time. My legal education propelled me into interesting and challenging assignments in my last decade with the State Police: I became a Director of Legal Training and a recognized expert for the state in biased policing and racial profiling. As the Director of Aviation Security Policy for Boston Logan International Airport, I also became a nationally recognized expert in homeland security.
I eventually decided to put my law degree to work and retire from law enforcement and work as an attorney. My very first interview at a law firm was with George Holler. I accepted a position at Holler Law Firm as a closing attorney; after a year of closing field work, I transitioned to my current role as Risk Manager. My combination of legal training and law enforcement experience allow me to manage risk, emergencies, and crises effectively.
In my spare time, I play the piano and write music. To this day, I still prefer Manhattan red chowder and “sprinkles” on my ice cream.