Bob grew up in Florida and North Carolina and spent much of his youth on a family ranch. Bob has worked in the zoological field for eleven years as an animal keeper, animal husbandry manager, and curator for a number of large zoological facilities including the Zoological Society of San Diego and the Nashville Zoo. In 2003, Bob returned to school to finish his undergraduate studies in Environmental Science & Conservation Biology and then entered the graduate program at Florida International University in Miami, FL. He has also worked as a wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and later Bob worked for a number of governmental agencies as a Lead Biologist and Land Manager for eleven years. Bob is also a trained Wildland Firefighter and has assisted on the state level for many years as a Prescribed Fire Manager and Wildfire Strike Team member for the state of Florida. Looking to make a better life for his family, Bob relocated full time to Mill Spring, NC in 2017 where he and his family are working on building a small-scale farm.
As the Operations Manager for Foothills at Red Oak Recovery, Bob oversees operational staff and assists in the management of the facilities and grounds. Bob coordinates staff working with contractors on new projects, performing preventative maintenance of facilities, repairing structures as needed, and managing the grounds in order to provide a safe and pleasant environment for the Foothills’ clients and staff.
Bob lives in Mill Springs, NC with his wife Carin and daughter Callie. Bob and his wife are kept busy by renovating their 1940’s farm house and maintaining the property. In his free time Bob enjoys hiking, hunting, shooting sports, riding motorcycles, working on equipment, and camping with his family. He is also actively involved with his local community as a member of the Sunny View Volunteer Fire Department.