As a long-time resident of the Region and graduate of both Crown Point High School and Indiana University Northwest, I have a vested interest in seeing our communities succeed. I believe community service and caring for our neighbors is critical. That's why I served in the Army from 2005-2008, volunteered for several public service organizations, including as a board member for the State Police Alliance, a 501(c)(3), and served NW Indiana as a State Trooper for almost seven years. Now that I have transitioned into the private sector, I think it is even more important to continue my service by putting my money where my mouth is. I'm going over the edge because we are all in this together and I want to continue to do my part to help the people of NW Indiana by helping United Way's mission.