Hailing from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Jake first learned how to ski at age two on the frozen hills of Minnesota, a place where temperature rather than snow cover determined if it was a day to hit the slopes or not. Growing up, Jake was fortunate to spend many winter vacations in the Colorado Rockies and fell in love with the beautiful terrain, plentiful snowfall, and endless freedom the many resorts that dot the range offer. Most importantly, he loved the fact that an actual chair lift offered a ride to the top of the run instead of a tow rope.
A graduate of Minnetonka High School, Jake first attended Central Michigan University on an athletic scholarship to play baseball. Jake spent three years on the diamond earning multiple all-conference academic achievement awards before hanging up the cleats. After that, Jake returned home to Minnesota where he attended The University of St. Thomas and earned his degree in Biology, having taken several math classes along with other science classes, including chemistry and physics, during his college years. He is passionate about life sciences and environmental conservation, with a particular affinity for marine biology and studying the life that inhabits our oceans. Jakes has enjoyed his volunteer time tutoring youngsters as part of a special education program at Connections that Count. He is also fluent in Spanish.
Outside of academia, Jake enjoys spending time fishing, trying his hand at being a chef, and playing guitar. More so, he is always impatiently waiting for the temperature to drop below freezing and the mountains to become a winter playground.