Steve currently holds the distinction of being the Board’s most senior member, with two adult daughters ages 29 and 25, one of whom was recently married, bringing a brand new son-in-law and “grandpuppy” into the family. Following the loss of his wife to complications from MS in 2014, and with daughters having left the nest, Steve continues to look for opportunities to contribute time, talent and treasure to both “give back,” and make some sort of difference/impact in the world. Volunteering with, and joining the Sweet Cheeks Board have been one way to further that goal.
In addition to Sweet Cheeks, Steve is actively involved with Girls on the Run, serving as a Race Committee member and in other capacities since 2005. Also, despite an admitted complete lack of skill or talent, Steve coached youth soccer on a recreational and competitive level for over 15 years, calling the opportunity to positively influence the lives of youth, “the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I’ve ever been blessed to have been involved in.” His longtime involvement with various animal rescue organizations has earned him the unofficial title of 3 time Foster Failure, which Steve explains: my “job” was to foster certain dogs for adoption, but I “failed” when I ended up adopting them myself. We think this experience, and sensitivity to his age, are why Steve only reveals his age in “dog years.”
Steve currently works in the pre-construction services department of Turnbull-Wahlert, a local regional General Contractor and aspires to utilize his Civil Engineering background and construction experience as SCDB continues its’ growth and the potential need for new or expanded facilities. He hopes his willingness to do (almost) anything, coupled with a good energy level (and short attention span), can be harnessed for the good of the Sweet Cheeks Mission.