I am the first person in my extended family to earn a college degree. I grew up in a blue collar environment where my father, his brothers, and my grandfather were all plumbers. Needless to say, I have some mad plumbing skills that really come in handy now that I own a home. College for me, initially, was just more school and just another reason to put off entering the real world. It wasn’t until my father (ie. my hero) was killed in a tragic accident that I began doing some real soul searching as to what I wanted to do with my life. Bottom line, without my father to fall back on, my heavenly father, my teachers and mentors in college became my rudder and my sails to set me on a course for success. Three degrees later, I am happy to say that being in a position to influence people’s lives and education on a daily basis is an incredibly rewarding experience. In the words of Garth, “I will sail my vessel ’till the river runs dry”.