My Background

Education and Career
  • Texas Tech University (B.A.), University of Kansas (Ph.D.)
  • College professor in New York City, Detroit, Boston, and El Paso
  • Biomedical research, with close to 100 published papers on
      - Environmental adaptation of reptiles and amphibians,
      - Neurochemistry of learning and memory
      - Sexual differentiation in the brain
  • Co-author of two books on astrobiology (Life in the Universe and Cosmic Biology), one on The Evolutionary Imperative, and sole author of one in neuroscience (Scotophobin)
  • NASA Solar System Ambassador (volunteer science educator) for robotic exploration of space by the Jet Propulsion Lab at Caltech

Public Service
  • Elected four times to Newton, MA Board of Aldermen
  • ​Co-founder of Border Biomedical Research Center, focused on health disparities on the U.S.-Mexican border, at the University of Texas at El Paso
  • Former member of International Boundary and Water Commission for Mexico and the United States
  • Current member of Governor’s State Innovation Model policy committee for integrating mental and physical healthcare
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children, volunteer and peer coordinator
  • Policy Director for Senator Irene Aguilar since 2012
  • Policy Director for Representative Susan Lontine since 2015

Political Activities in Denver
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Democratic Party of Denver in 2015.
  • Member of county party Executive Committee for seven years
  • Frequent member of Democratic State and County Central Committees
  • Captain-at-large and member of Executive Committee of Democratic Party of Denver, 2010 -2017
  • C​hair, Public Policy Committee of Democratic Party of Denver for seven years
  • Contributor and consistent participant with HD5 Democrats since 2010
Representative Susan Lontine and Senator Irene Aguilar
​with Louis Irwin
It has been my honor to serve as a policy advisor for these two influential women  in the Colorado Legislature for the past seven years.

I first set foot in Colorado on a crisp, autumn day decades ago, and was overwhelmed by its beauty, openness, and inspiration.

Remembering that gorgeous day, years later I bought sight unseen from a magazine ad a small parcel of land in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just to posses a tiny share of this magical place.

Moving to Denver several years ago was thus the culmination of a long-held dream; and my time here has only strengthened the bonds between me and my adoptive home.

I am proud to live in House District 5, which encompasses the full range of people, incomes, opportunities, and challenges that state government should serve – helping those in need, and promoting the success of those in a position to help themselves.


Please provide the following information so I can send you updates and information about my campaign