John graduated from Western Michigan University in 1983 with a major in Communication and minors in English and Journalism.
John worked with Kalamazoo College as their Sports Information Director from 1989-1995 - responsible for news releases, weekly team roundups, feature articles and hometown sports releases. He also wrote award-winning feature and season wrap-up stories for K-College's alumni publications.
John was promoted to Director of Public and Media Relations for Kalamazoo College in 1995. He coordinated all public relations and publications efforts, and was responsible for developing communications for external constituents regarding College fundraising efforts. Many of John's assignments related directly to publicizing major and planned gifts, including all media placements for the announcement of the $17 million Margaret Varney Trust.
In 1998 John became the Director of Development and Assistant Executive Director for the American Red Cross Chapter in Kalamazoo and started working on his MA degree. John's experiences with Kalamazoo College clarified his passion and commitment to philanthropy and higher education - a passion that lead to John deciding to return to school and study philanthropy. John received his MA in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota in 2000.
During his first year with Kalamazoo's Red Cross Chapter, John helped the chapter move to its new facility and played a significant role in planning the chapter's Community Open House. He directed the Kalamazoo chapter to its most successful holiday fundraising campaign and enabled the chapter to capture the "Silver Award" from the national organization responsible for fundraising during the 1999 Hurricane Campaign. While serving as Director of Development and Assistant Executive Director for the chapter, John lead all fundraising efforts with a $1.4 million budget; served 125,000 households in Kalamazoo, Cass, and St. Joseph counties; and oversaw fundraising results that surpassed chapter goals.
Currently, John is an Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University where his primary responsibility is to work with all of the departments in the College -- the largest academic unit at the university.
Described as an avid sports enthusiast and "great Dad," John enjoys spending quiet time with wife Getchen (Johnson) and daughter, Anya.