I love the differences
that exist in Goshen.
Our downtown still has the anchor businesses that have been part of our community for decades (John Halls, WWEC, Snyder’s Men’s Shop, Snider’s Jewelry, Sorg’s Jewelry, Olympia, etc.) mixed with the new (too many to list). There is a generation of community members that have been here for 50, 60 and 70 years mixing with the new incoming generation that is the future of Goshen.
I love the different nationalities and families of our town, and the fact that no matter what the differences are, we are able to discuss them and find ways to make those differences work. And, at the end of the day know we are all still neighbors and ultimately want what is best for Goshen.
I have lived in Goshen my entire life, 39 years this May. I married my high school sweetheart, Robin, and we will be celebrating our 17th anniversary this August. We have two energetic sons, Lleyton and Merrill, along with two border collies, Lex and Frannie.
I attended Waterford Elementary School, Towncrest Junior High School and Goshen High School. The same schools my father attended and the same schools my children currently attend.
Post high school, I received a Bachelor's in Optometry from Indiana University, Bloomington, followed by my Doctor of Optometry in 2001. Robin graduated from Goshen High School and is a Goshen College alum.
I am co-owner of Wellington & Weddell Eye Care located in downtown Goshen. WWEC was founded in 1926 and has been a part of downtown Goshen since its beginning.
As a small business owner, I bring to the table my experience with creating and meeting budgets and the ability to make difficult decisions required of leaders. As a healthcare provider, I exhibit compassion and empathy towards everyone. I am able to listen, and make decisions that directly affect my patients. I am always looking out for my patient’s best interests, just as I am serving my community.
New Paris Missionary Church, member since 2012
LaCasa Help-a-House volunteer for 7 years
Goshen Rotary Club
New Paris Lion’s Club
Board member, Peacemakers Goshen (preventing violence and transforming conflict)
Traveled to Mexico and Dominican Republic on numerous eye glasses dispensing missions through Lion’s Club International