Country of origin: USA
Date started with Soliya: 2017
Education and field of work:
I'm a 1975 graduate from the University of Notre Dame, after which I taught high school American Literature and Journalism. I entered the US Navy in 1977 and became a Naval Aviator amassing over 200 Aircraft Carrier Landings. After leaving the Navy in 1984, I was hired by US Airways (now American Airlines) and became highly active in the Airline Pilots Association, the union representing most US commercial airline pilots. I was elected to the highest office at my airline, Master Chairman, and actively participated in numerous contract negotiations and airline mergers. After retiring as an International Boeing 767 Captain, I became a mediator and for the last 11 years have mediated a multitude of cases ranging from contract disputes, landlord tenant issues, divorce, and child custody mediation. I also participate in day of trial court ordered mediation, prison re-entry mediation, and community conferencing, as well as facilitate individualized education plans for children with special needs.
What about Soliya inspires/motivates you to be involved? Facilitating with Solia has been such a rewarding experience for me, both professionally and personally. The curriculums are energizing and relevant for all generations. I fully embrace Soliya’s mission of challenging others to become better listeners and providing our participants the skills to become more critically aware of themselves and the perspectives of others in addressing global complex issues. Solia’s collaborative learning experience truly makes it possible to make a difference in advancing the cause of cross-cultural communication once we leave our virtual classroom.