Joel was raised in rural Illinois and attended the University of Southern Illinois where he received his Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. He then fostered his love for education at the University of New England in Portland, Maine where he attained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Throughout school, Joel has volunteered in a variety of settings including providing health services to residents of the county jail and to a local wet shelter to help support his community.
When Joel is not working, he enjoys quality time with his family and friends including his spouse, Lillian, and their dog, Lewis. His interests include being active, recreational sports, reading, writing, as well as regularly contra dancing. He is looking forward to experiencing the unique culture and opportunities that the PNW has to offer. Joel uses he/him pronouns.