Brian grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and began his grownup life as a student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. After school he made his way as a photojournalist, starting in San Francisco and ultimately working from New Haven, Connecticut. For a number of years he taught photography and writing at Yale, and when it was time to settle down, earned a Masters in School Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Twenty-five years in public school education followed, sometimes as a school psychologist and sometimes as a teacher of special education students. He earned a diploma in infant and early childhood developmental assessment at Yale Child Study Center during these years and spent 10 years at the Early Intervention Center in Branford, Connecticut, as the psychologist on that team. He later worked in the inner cities of Tampa and Sarasota.
Along the way he traveled with other educators on study trips through the East-West Center in Hawaii, visiting Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand, and South Korea. As a traveler and as a touring lecturer he also taught in Scotland, Belgium, Holland, the United Kingdom, and many places in North America. He has also traveled widely in Central and South America and is the parent of three adopted daughters from Colombia.
He looks forward very much to working with the dependents on the voyage, to all those ports of call, and just as much to all that beautiful time at sea! No place he’d rather be!