I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and graduated from Catholic High School in 1981. After high school I attended Louisiana State University Health Science Center and graduated in 1987 in Cardiopulmonary Science. From there I pursued a career in Perfusion Technology at the University of Texas, graduating with my second degree in 1990. I currently live in Lafayette, Louisiana where I have been practicing as a certified Clinical Perfusionist since graduation. Working as a Perfusionist, I helped start up a pediatric heart program, robotic heart program, and helped implement minimally invasive heart valve procedures in Lafayette. I have been involved in thousands of heart procedures since graduation. I am currently co-owner of Louisiana Perfusion Services in Lafayette.
I have been married to my wife Renee for 27 years, and we have 3 children, Amanda, Adam and Austin. Our older two children are in college, and we lost Austin when he was 15 years old. I have enjoyed a lifelong passion for hunting and fishing, which I share with my father and boys. Now Dad, Adam and I go when our schedule permits since Adam lives in another town while in college.
My wife and I became involved with USSA when our youngest son, Austin, died in February of 2013. Austin loved hunting and fishing, which he did every chance he could. In lieu of flowers, Renee and I asked our friends and family to make memorial donations to USAA in Austin’s name, so that special needs children could enjoy what Austin enjoyed. In June 2014, we witnessed first-hand the amazing things this organization has to offer when the Catching Bigger Fish fishing tournament was held in Austin’s memory. The success of the event would not have been possible without the efforts of USSA. I am proud to be affiliated with this USSA and look forward to seeing what the future holds.