- Director of Communication Program
- Associate Professor of Communication
- Fellow in Catholic Studies
I am a professor of communication with a passion for interdisciplinary work. As an award-winning filmmaker, I explore the world, history, and the human experience. I believe film is one of the most influential art forms of our times and can deeply connect with our humanity. As a professor, I not only teach students the craft of filmmaking but also nurture their appreciation for this profound art.
My personal journey and family history have also cultivated a commitment to Holocaust and Genocide studies. The stories of my survivor family members have given me a unique perspective on this history and the challenges of Human Dignity in today's world. As a PhD candidate, I delve into the transmission of testimony across generations and its impact on the storytellers' identities.
Since 2014, I've proudly been a part of the University of Mary faculty, teaching courses in communication, art, and Catholic studies. Beyond my professional life, I'm a lifelong supporter of Chelsea Football Club, a musician, and together with my wife Madeline, we celebrate over 20 years of marriage and the joy of parenting nine children.
Why I’m At Mary
In 2005, I read St. John Paul the Great’s Apostolic Letter "The Rapid Development." At the time I was a "media savvy" youth minister in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. JPII's words inspired me to do more with my charism for producing media. In 2006 I began my graduate studies. This is the primary reason I am at Mary.
Film Production, Documentary History and Production, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Nonlinear Editing, Film Studies, Visual Communication, Catholic Film and Filmmakers, Visual Arts, Pisanki (Slavic Easter Egg Design), Communication Leadership
2018 — Review of Field of Ashes. 360 Review. University of Mary Press, 2(1). https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/645066_156066c99a894806a0912ffc77bc14d0.pdf
2017 — Review of Antione Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water, and HBO’s Westworld. 360 Review. University of Mary Press, 2. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/645066_dc427658d8b44a17922ed315853b6b00.pdf
2016 — Review of Fargo Movie, TV Series, and The Revenant. 360 Review. University of Mary Press, 1(2). https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/645066_9082649ec33a4d00b854abfbaf1a5bf4.pdf
2015 — Review of The Overnighters and White Earth. 360 Review. University of Mary Press, 1(1). https://news.umary.edu/fire-ice/
PhD Candidate (Holocaust and Genocide Studies): Gratz College, Expected 2027
MFA (Documentary Film Production): University of North Texas, 2009
BA (History Communication): University of St. Thomas — Houston, 1998
My film work always has a personal connection to it. As a documentarian, the subject matters that I tend to focus on all touch the theme of identity within cultural frameworks.