Growing up in a family of avid hunters and anglers, Jim learned to respect and protect the natural environment while roaming the mountains and valleys of northern California.
After two years at UC Irvine, he joined Teacher Corps which sent him to Norfolk, VA. There he worked as a Student Teacher at inner-city schools while attending classes at Norfolk State University. During those years, he volunteered as a youth counselor, which led to a job as a Juvenile Probation Officer after graduation.
After returning to California, Jim joined the Bell System/AT&T where he progressed through various assignments to become a National Account Manager. Later in his career, as a Director of Global Project Management, his AT&T team managed large/complex network deployments including capital projects for Royal Dutch Shell.
After moving to Lincoln and retiring. Jim and his wife had time to explore the local area and quickly learned to appreciate the open spaces and hiking trails along Auburn Ravine. It was Marlene who spotted their first salmon there in 2010. Later that year, she also caught a glimpse of a rare Pacific Lamprey.
After doing volunteer work for other organizations concerned with the preservation of wildlife, and coordinating a Citizen Science Program along Auburn Ravine, Jim is now a Board Member and President of Friends of Auburn Ravine which was formed in 2016.