He was born in New York City and raised in the Bronx. During the summers from age 11 through 15, his parents sent him to Puerto Rico to become better acquainted with his family, their language and their culture. These experiences in Puerto Rico have had a lasting effect on his life and his chosen vocation. He graduated from Marist College majoring in English and Spanish language education. He continued his studies at Seton Hall University earning a Master's Degree in Bilingual Education and TESOL (Teaching English-as-a-Second Language). While at Seton Hall, he was a graduate assistant at the College of Education and worked for Professor Frank J. Morales, Director of the Bilingual Education Fellowship Grants. One of his graduate assistant duties was to assist in coordinating the bilingual education graduate program on Saturdays at the FOCUS headquarters for Newark's public school teachers and administrators. In 1981 he was appointed assistant director/counselor of the Puerto Rican Institute at Seton Hall. In 1983, he was hired as a member of the faculty in the Bilingual Program at Essex County College. During his tenure at ECC, he taught and served in various administrative capacities including department director and later divisional chair, and in 2006 he was promoted to Associate Professor. He is currently beginning his 30th year at ECC. His first introduction to FOCUS began with the Saturday graduate studies program. During the summer of 1980, Dr. Jose Rosario hired him to conduct a study of housing needs in Newark, and he became well acquainted with the FOCUS organization and its multiple services offered to the Latino community of Greater Newark. In 1985, he became a member of the FOCUS Board of Trustees, elected Treasurer in 1993, and elected Chairman in 2003.