Don grew up in Oregon and Northern California, where he and his five sisters learned to camp, boat, and ride horses and dirt bikes. He earned his pilot’s license at Thunderbird Academy in Arizona just two weeks after getting his driver’s license. Don met his wife, Linda, at Weimar College. They both received Bachelor’s degrees from Pacific Union College in 1988.
Don’s experience with computers began with his building his own computer. He designed, built, and programmed wind turbines in central California and built and programmed computers in the Napa Valley. After more than four years as a computer programmer at Adventist Health Systems/West, Don became a full-time dad while Linda pursued her doctoral studies in Texas. After she entered candidacy, they moved to Washington State. Don returned to full-time computer programming for the State of Washington. While in Washington, Don built and programmed a psychophysiology lab so that Linda could complete her dissertation research. Upon coming to Southern, Don’s job in Records & Advisement includes using his experience to make Datatel more functional for the university.
Don has three children, whom he loves to inspire with outdoor pursuits such as boating (of all sorts), hiking, and biking. He enjoys large-format photography and recently built his own kayak.
His current responsibilities in Records and Advisement include the following:
Analyze Records Data
Degree Audit Programmer
General Computer Help