Originally from Cincinnati, Ben served several years overseas as a Marine infantryman in Operation Iraqi Freedom beginning in 2004. He honed his leadership skills through various positions, including squad leader, on his third deployment in Iraq. After returning home, Ben operated with the Marine Corps' Chemical Biological Instant Response Force in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. After completing service, Ben began working as a government contractor helping National Guard soldiers transition into civilian life. In order to start a family, Ben and his wife escaped the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC by moving to his wife's hometown in Maine. Most recently, Ben worked for the Acadia Hospital as a psychiatric technician on the adult inpatient floor. When the opportunity to work with Northwoods Ranch and Retreat presented itself, Ben jumped at the chance to work with young adults in a therapeutic outdoor setting.
When he is not planning outdoor activities and working with Northwoods students, you can find Ben on the floor of his living room playing with his two small children, backpacking, canoeing, and binge-watching favorite shows with his wife.
During Ben's service in the Marine Corps, he found his calling in helping people that were in need of medical attention. Ben aspires to continue his education to culminate in becoming an emergency room nurse. Furthermore, he hopes to participate in more rigorous outdoor activities to include the Spartan and Tough Mudder races in Maine in 2018. Ben looks forward to warm weather and time in the woods with his Northwoods students.
"Misery is the host for adaptation." - Secretary of Defense James Mattis