I was born in Springfield, Ohio . At Urbana University I excelled in theatre and music. I continued writing songs and playing in variety shows. I published cartoons in two local papers during my college years and taught Karate classes to make extra money to pay for college. I graduated with my Bachelors of Arts degree in 1988. I started my own Self-Defense business in 2011 teaching at various colleges. In 2012 I pursed my MBA at DeVry’s Keller School of Management. I received my MBA in December of 2014.