Joel grew up in Columbus OH where he benefited from a strong public education. He continued his education at The Ohio State University. Joel currently lives with his wife of 20 years, Mary, and their two children in Bowling Green OH. As a father, Joel has always stressed the importance of public service and standing up for others. Joel is an educator, entrepreneur, dedicated father, and labor advocate.
First as a business owner and now as a teaching professor Joel has approached all of his professions with passion and professionalism. When he first arrived at BGSU he saw the need for a united voice for educators and in 2010, Joel participated in the card campaign to form the BGSU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Since then, he has served on the executive committee and most notably served on the negotiating team for every contract, advocating for higher wages and competitive benefits for the hardworking faculty at BGSU.
Whether it was through his work as a small business owner or through his work with his labor union, Joel has spent his entire life crafting a better future for his community. He believes that the government should advocate for the public good, not corporate special interests. Joel will advocate for reinvesting in public schools that will afford his children the same opportunities that he received growing up in Ohio. He will fight for a vibrant working class and the idea that there is dignity in work.