Don was born on the San Diego Navy Base and transferred to RI when he was 2.
He grew up in North Kingstown and is a product of the public school system, graduating from North Kingstown High School and West Bay Voc/Tech in 1986. He went on to finish his education at a post secondary vocational school, in Windsor Connecticut.
He started his career in 1987 and has been a well-known fixture in the RI marine industry ever since, owning and operating several marine service businesses throughout his 33 year career. He has taught the Marine Service Technician program to more than 120 men & women over 15 years at a RI post secondary vocational education school, helping people get jobs in the marine industry.
Don has volunteered his time and knowledge to several non profit organizations throughout his lifetime including the N.K. Recreation Department, N.K. Soccer Association, Hopkinton Recreation, Chariho Baseball and the Richmond Pack 1 Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts.
Don has lived in Rhode Island for over 50 years and hopes that his children will be able to do the same; he is a hard working, dedicated and loyal husband, and father of 5 great children.
He is a parishioner at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Hope Valley, and believes in and practices Christian values thanks to his loving mother - who taught him right from wrong - and his father, who served in the military for 20 years.