Rick received a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1991 from the University of Florida. 

While teaching at a YMCA preschool, Rick learned the importance and power of social-emotional learning. 

Rick develops videos that teach social emotional skills for Camp Yakety Yak, a day camp for kids with special needs.

Rick earned his professional engineering license, but decided that teaching social skills was more important to him than designing HVAC systems for commercial office buildings.

Schools in the Portland, Oregon area can bring Rick to teach social skills through drama and storytelling as part of the Right Brain Initiative or through Young Audiences.

Rick has performed at the National Storytelling Festival- Exchange Place

Rick is involved with many local and national arts organizations. He has performed in schools all over the United States, Thailand, Mexico, and Colombia.