Now

I’m in Ohio serving the public, creating media & music. 

Public and Work Commitments

I serve as Assistant Chief at the Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal, Fire Prevention Bureau. I supervise a team of field educators. I also develop lesson plans to add to the current fire and life safety education curriculum.

I am participating as a member of the IFSTA validation committee for the upcoming fourth edition of their publication Fire and Life Safety Educator.

I serve the State of Ohio as the chosen education network representative of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).

I was recently elected to the President-Elect position for the Ohio Certified Public Manager® Society. I had been serving as Public Relations Chair for the past several years. We are working closely with a university in Ohio to reestablish the CPM training program for public employees.

Side Work

I serve as audio engineer and editor of the CRR Radio podcast. This is part of the IFE USA Branch Vision 20/20 project. I also assist with social media posting and maintenance/updates to the project web site.

I also work freelance as a voiceover artist, offering services when the odd-job is requested.

Music

I am the bassist with the band Counting Skeletons. We play about twice a month at various clubs around southwest Ohio, including Dayton and Cincinnati. This is primarily 80s covers, with the occasional newer tune, esp. if it helps motivate people to dance or sing along. We also produce a monthly web series called Tales from the Closet.

Counting Skeletons has an album of original songs called Super Moon. It features a great lineup of musicians who helped us with the project, including drummer Greg Goforth and singer Nyci Lorts. Drum tracks were engineered by Matt Hueneman of Cattle Dog Productions.

I’ve begun practicing cello again. I recently purchased an NS Design NXT4a electric cello. I enjoy working on my technique and have been rebuilding my proficiency (slowly, but surely). This is a truly well engineered musical instrument. I highly recommend it to those that want to branch out to electric cello.

Podcasting

I am producing the Audio Gumshoe independent music podcast. I started this in 2005 as the Miami Valley Musicast, but had to change the name following a cease & desist by an attorney that stated “musicast” is trademarked. The show has been in production off and on since that time, with a brief hiatus in 2018. I’m glad to have new episodes available!

While commuting

I’m listening to many audio books. I recently finished an excellent book by Martin Short called I Must Say: My Life as a Comedy Legend.

I listen to the very occasional podcast. Though I was an avid podcast listener for roughly ten or more years, I’m finding them to be too boring for my driving time. I tend to have a lot on my mind during my long commutes (90+ minutes) and these either distract or cause me to get drowsy.

Reading

I’m reading the book John Lennon: The Life by Philip Norman. I’m about 45% through the book. So far, I’ve found it to be an interesting view of John Lennon’s life before and during the Beatles. If accurate, I’ve learned much about John that I had never known. Sometimes, disappointing; sometimes inspiring.

Current as of 28 April, 2019