John grew up hiking and paddling in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley and has been section hiking the AT since earning his Boy Scout 50-Miler patch many years ago. A graduate of Wake Forest and UVa, he retired from a career at Verizon in 2012 and then worked as State Director for U.S. Senator Tim Kaine during his first term. He also served 24 years in the Army National Guard, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. John and his family live in Richmond but spend as much time as they can at a family cottage on Virginia’s Rappahannock River.