I am a native of Flint, Michigan. After graduating from Carman-Ainsworth High School, I attended Central Michigan University, where I completed both my B.A.A. (not a typo, it's a Bachelors of Applied Arts) and M.A. in Communication Studies. I earned my Ph.D. in Health Communication from the University of South Florida in 2013.
After finishing graduate school, I spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Faculty Member in the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis. I joined Kent State University at Stark in August 2016.
My wife Maggie and I have been married for over 10 years. We live in Jackson Township (Canton), Ohio with our two sons, Liam (age 9) and Graham (age 3), and a chihuahua named Wylie (age 17).