Randy will be the first out LGBTQ council member in Arvada, CO!
After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in ecology, Randy left his home state of Indiana. He went to Nicaragua to serve as a United Methodist Missionary working alongside Nicaraguans to build an eco-tourism operation that provided jobs for local families and a sustainable alternative to deforestation. It was there in the Central American rainforest that he first experienced the power of community to find long-term social and economic solutions.
Throughout his life he has used those skills to bring people together. He also always had a strong desire to invest in youth. He worked with area churches in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to find the resources for an after-school program for at-risk youth. He continues to take every opportunity to share his passion for science, the environment, and sustainability with youth.
While advocating for the environment in Washington, DC, Randy met his husband Scott. Since moving to Colorado in 2006, they have been foster parents for Jefferson County Foster Care, welcoming LGBTQ foster teens into their home. Their son, Joey moved in with them in 2016 at the age of 17 and now is a successfully independent adult.
Today, Randy works for Eco-Cycle, a nonprofit organization based in Boulder, CO. He is excited about his work with community partners to improve recycling services and education at the local and state level. He hopes to use his skills to bring Arvada residents together to address our community’s needs.