As the child of an immigrant who first arrived in the United States in the 1970’s to further his education, I can relate to the struggles immigrants face in today’s environment. I am the co-founder of Missouri’s first accredited, 100% online University. I am a strong supporter of quality, innovative education, and have spent my career promoting affordable higher education and career training. In 2015 I was appointed to the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s Proprietary School Advisory Committee. My service to the KCIA is personally fulfilling, and affords me the opportunity to pay it forward by helping other immigrants and their families gain valuable skills and education in their pursuit of a better life.