Resides in: Somers Point
High school: Lacey Township, 1990
Athletic background: Played varsity baseball at Lacey Township High School and Pfeiffer University; 20-plus years in summer league baseball, including the Jersey Shore League, U.S. Men’s Over-30 League and Men’s Senior Baseball League (Shore Division); volunteer assistant baseball coach at Vineland High School 2010-2012.
Professional background: I have been in the field of journalism since 1995, working for five different newspapers as a writer, photographer, copy editor and designer, winning three New Jersey Press Association awards for content and design.
Personal background: I come from a family of eight, with 17 nieces and nephews. Six of my seven siblings have earned college degrees and my brother, Paul, has been a high school history teacher for 27 years. Also, my maternal grandfather, John Dwyer, was born and raised in southern Ireland. My father, Mike, was a longtime journalist and once met John F. Kennedy, before JFK became president. My mother, Noreen, before raising eight children, once worked for the Saturday Evening Post.
Interests: Baseball (huge Phillies fan!), weight training, snowboarding, reading, photography.