I joined NARFE as an active federal employee in 2006. After retirement from federal service, I became President of NARFE Billie Love chapter 2286 in 2011 and served in that position until 2022. In 2012, I was appointed Colorado Federation Vice President for Membership. I was elected President of the Colorado Federation in 2013 and 2015. I served a third term as Colorado Federation President from 2021 to 2022. I currently serve as Congressional District Leader for Colorado's seventh congressional district and am a NARFE life member.
In 2015 and 2017 I was a member of NARFE’s Strategic Planning Committee. I served on the NARFE Bylaws Committee in 2016, 2018, 2019-2020 and was appointed Chair of the 2021-2022 Bylaws Committee by the NARFE National President.
In 2008, I retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after almost thirty-eight years of federal service. My career started as a VA claims examiner in the Des Moines, Iowa VA Regional Office. I later transferred to VA headquarters in Washington, DC joining the Veterans Benefits Administration where I served in a variety of managerial and executive positions.
I attended Iowa State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1970. Later, I pursued graduate studies in Public Administration at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. I attended numerous management development programs provided by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management including the Senior Executive Service Development program at the Federal Executive Institute.
From 1963 to 1966 I served in the Navy and am a Vietnam War veteran.