Joe was born in Michigan and has lived in many places in the state from Battle Creek to Deerfield to his latest stop in Manistee. He has also lived in Colorado Springs, CO and Phoenix, AZ where he graduated high school and earned his first degree in graphic design. After earning his degree he moved back to Michigan to be closer to his friends and family. During this time he decided to learn as many different skills as possible so he took up an apprenticeship with a local butcher shop where he spent the next 13 years being a meat cutter. He continued his quasi gypsy lifestyle and moved up to Northern Michigan where he began earning his second degree in computer networking and security. It was during this endeavor that he got the opportunity to join AmeriCorps and became a VISTA where he is able to share his years of experience with others, and is in turn learning from those very same people. Joe has a great interest in computers and enjoys a wide range of sports and is a die-hard Spartan fan. He also loves going to the beach and swimming, as well as taking walks in the woods during autumn.