Jim is originally from southwestern Pennsylvania where he spent twenty years in commercial aviation maintenance training and documentation. Prior to that position, he managed a commercial print shop. Jim, his wife Susan, and two daughters, Anna and Abbey, relocated to Grand Prairie in 2006; soon afterwards, they became involved with UME Preparatory Academy. Jim is employed by the defense industry in technical documentation and Human Factors. He has a degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is a certified Army instructor.