Thud has twenty years of experience working with children. He has his M.S.W. from Stony Brook, M.B.A. from Dowling College, and B.A. from Harding University, where he was also a part of the football team. He is a former football coach and player for Riverhead H.S. and a lifelong Riverhead resident, an active member of the community, devoted husband and a proud father of three children.