Ron is a lover of simplicity, creativity, and the mystery of what it means to be human. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art from Eastern Illinois University as well as a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University-Belleville. Additionally, Ron has had the good fortune to spend periods of time practicing mindfulness alongside Buddhist monastics in monastery settings, primarily with a Vietnamese community in the Plum Village Tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Regarding his efforts here, Ron aspires to create something heartfelt, dedicated to all those who continued to love, accept, and believe in him when he was struggling to do so himself.