Joseph is a Navy veteran, University of Washington student and Tacoma resident with deep emotional ties to his community. He is currently cultivating a state-wide program aimed at training teachers, parents and youth in emotional regulation, trauma-informed practices and comprehensive dialectical behavioral therapy skills. His aim is to give children the skills they need to prevent the unnecessary suffering leading to addiction, mental illness, incarceration and homelessness. He has also developed a program to help veterans experiencing homelessness transition to become fulfilled and productive members of society. Joseph is an adventurer and life-long learner; he has been exploring all of America’s National Parks and is currently building a wooden sailing canoe to further his reach into the Pacific Northwest’s remote locations.