I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, during the 1940s and 50s, got married, and moved to upstate New York. I became a teacher, guidance counselor, and assistant principal in the White Plains Public Schools System. During this period, I was elected to the post of deputy mayor of the Village of Ossining, New York, and became a principal of an open-education program for learning-disabled students (Board of Cooperative Educational Services). We then moved to Albany, New York, where I served as a public administrator in the New York State Division for Youth and the Department of Correctional Services. After serving in those positions for eight years, I returned to the White Plains School System as an assistant superintendent and then retired. During my retirement, I ran seminars for Fortune 500 Companies and became the National Director of the Council on Disability in Washington D.C.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree from New York University. In addition, I attended New Paltz University and earned a professional diploma for certification as a superintendent of schools and a doctorate degree of education in organizational development from the University of Massachusetts.
I have three children, six grandchildren, and live in Arizona with my wife Gail of 57 years, to whom I dedicate this book.