I currently serve as the head of the Authentic San Francisco community, a subsidiary of the Integral Center - an International Training Company that has spawned 20+ communities and trained 10,000+ people worldwide.
I completed my Circling facilitator training through the Integral Center in 2012 and serve on the Course Leader faculty bringing trainings in human connection, relational intelligence, and men’s work to the Bay Area and Boulder, CO.
I was a late addition to my family, coming in a decade after my brother and sister. My tardiness was matched only by my exuberance and gregariousness.
My father is a Jersey Italian who worked hard as a mechanical engineer for Hewlett Packard for 28 years. This was after serving in Vietnam with the Air Force. He is a sweet man who never really learned how to express himself emotionally.
My mother was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and was adopted by her Great Aunt after the death of both of her birth parents before she was 5. The only one of her siblings to grow up in the States, she is a survivor who models dedication, perseverance, faith, and commitment to growth.
One of the most transformational moments of my life was when I realized how much love I have for my family, and how afraid I was of fully feeling and expressing it. This realization has shaped how I live and coach.
I grew up deeply involved in the Evangelical Christian Church. I regularly attended church, went to private Christian school K - college, and was convinced early on that I would be a pastor one day.
Leaving the church was a tough thing for me to do. I don’t like disappointing people, and for a while I only ever imagined disapproving and disappointed faces when I thought about telling people about these transitions in my life. It is still a difficult topic, but I've found that exploring the difficult topics and having the difficult conversations is often the most rewarding option.
After 5 years of bouncing around from job to job and country to country (I did two 6-month backpacking trips), I decided to move to the Bay Area and commit more fully to my mission of working directly with people to improve their lives and well-being.
I want to leave you with a quote from the end of American Beauty (if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and get on that!) because it represents a fundamental philosophy of my life and coaching - Life is beautiful and worth living.