Matron of Honor
I met Beth in grad school and we have been besties ever since! I am certain I wouldn't have made it through the program without her and am so grateful for the bond created that I am positive will last a lifetime. Beth is brilliant, fun, energetic and one of the most thoughtful friends I have ever had.
Matron of Honor
Mandi is technically my cousin but is more like my sister. I have known her my whole life and we have a million memories. Good and bad, she has been by my side through it all. Mandi is funny and passionate, loving and loyal and a new mother who is dedicated and fierce when it comes to her Little One.
Kim and I spent a lot of time together growing up. We made up countless excuses in school for why she should stay at my house during the school week. Kim moved to New York during high school but our bond was never broken. Yearly trips kept the adventures flowing and the friendship growing! Kim is adventurous, independent, trustworthy ,and always supportive.
Ashley and I met one summer at a factory back home. We became fast friends on 2nd shift and discovered we both went to Ball State. Our friendship continued to grow over the years between college, girl's days, random events and HOURS spent on the phone when we moved away from one another. Ashley has the biggest vocabulary of anyone I know, is always up to try something new (even if she needs a little nudge first) and is someone I know I can always count on.
Shelbi and I met in grade school and have continued a strong relationship into adulthood. Whether it was cheering together in middle school, going to college parties, meeting up for dinner, hanging out on a beach or spending time together at sleepovers, we never run out of things to talk about! Shelbi is kind and creative, strong and fearless and always knows her right path.
Always my brother. Raised as one of my kids. The bass player in our band.
My disc golf buddy. I have been there for every step of Chris' life, up to and including the amazing person that he is today. Photographer, business owner, animal lover, brother, friend, and husband. Chris has his hand in a lot of different things, and does them all well.
Hunter is my youngest son and the creative force in the family. His kind soul and artful mind make him one of the most unique personalities you will ever meet. Hunter graduates Ball State this year, with his focus on returning for a Master's Program next year. I could not be more proud of the man that he has become.
Dog is my best friend of over 40 years. We grew up in Mount Summit and did practically everything together. I don't have many memories that don't involve this man sharing in the experience. From touring Europe together, all the way back to late night basketball sessions at the old school, Dog and I have seen each other at our best, and our worst. Dog's friendship and kindness have carried me through some of the worst and best times of my life. At the end of the day, everyone should have someone in their life as great as Dog.
Valerie is my oldest child and a proud, independent firebrand. Valerie lives in Chicago, where she is missed by her father on a daily basis! Valerie loves anything with an engine or a motor, virtual reality, having hard opinions, and challenging the status quo. Valerie is the intellectual of the family and is constantly challenging herself to learn new things, as well as educating others.
They always tell you not to meet your idols, but they couldn't be more wrong. Jason Kindred was my first musical icon. Dog and I used to go to Muncie when we were kids to watch his bands perform. As the years progressed, he has become a dear friend and mentor. Jason is both bold and tender hearted. He is an insightful man that provides a level headed yin to my unbalanced yang in terribly important times. I am lucky to have him in our band and as a friend.