John is a communications consultant for TIES, and the communications director for the NeoSTEM Ecosystem in Northeast Ohio. John is passionate about expanding STEM education opportunities for students and families as a part of NeoSTEM’s community-based initiatives. Through those programs, John has worked to connect high school students and small business owners to provide students with meaningful, real-world STEM experiences and improve the businesses’ online operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has helped expand the visibility of STEM career pathways for Black and Brown students.
Prior to joining NeoSTEM, John spent 15 years as a civil litigation attorney, the past five of which as a founding partner of his own law firm, where he focused his practice on consumer, insurance, and business law. John tried cases in courts throughout Ohio, and has argued before Northeast Ohio’s courts of appeals.
John was raised in Warren, Ohio, and graduated from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and the University of Akron School of Law.
I Bet You Didn’t Know:
“I love spending time with my family, reading, and exploring new parks and trails.”
What I Love About My Job:
“Connecting with other people. Our work gives us opportunities every day to meet new people, hear their stories, and learn about their perspectives.”
A Transforming Moment:
“Through the WIR’ED program, I’ve seen high school students take charge as leaders, and teach business owners how to improve their communications through digital media. Watching students embrace those roles, and feel empowered by them, has been inspirational.”