I am currently the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation funded Model Institutions for Excellence (MIE) Program. The MIE Program is an initiative to create more opportunities for minorities to complete degree programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degree programs. Throughout my employment in the MIE Program at Oglala Lakota College I have had the priviledge of great learning opportunities in the areas of technology and distance education. For the past 11 years I have also served as the Site Coordinator for a high school residential summer program that focuses on preparing Native American students for success in college.

I have been married to my wife Korrinna for the past nine years. We have three children Trey Orion (born 1994), Madison Leigh (born 1998), and Ethan Rhyder (born 2002). I live in Rapid City, South Dakota but I grew up in Kyle, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation. I graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) in 1996. This year (2003) I was recently awarded the SDSM&T Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. I enjoy spending time with my children and working with young people.