Image: Family
Image: Family

My People
Melissa and I met at MIT while working in the same graduate research lab.  Melissa is also a mechanical engineer, receiving both a B.S. and M.S. degree from MIT.  She is now staying busy working at Sensata in Attleboro, MA.  In addition to Mel's natural brilliance in math and science, she is also a gifted photographer (I should give her credit for a number of the photos on this website).  Granted, I might be a bit biased, but it is hard not to love her.

As I mentioned earlier, I grew up in the small town of Grass Lake, Michigan.  My mom and dad are both active community members and are really great in their respective work areas.  My mom, Barb, is a clinical social worker at the University of Michigan Hospital.  She works in the pediatric cardiology area of Mott Children's Hospital.  She is also an active member of several area bands.  She is an amazing clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone player...well, she basically plays all of the woodwinds.  If you catch her in the right mood, she can also play a mean polka on the accordion! 

My dad, Larry, recently retired from working as elementary and high school teacher in Grass Lake.  He spent most of his career teaching physics, chemistry, and physical science.   In fact, he was my teacher for five of my classes in high school!  I take pride in admitting that he was my favorite teacher both in and out of school.  Recently, he has also begun teaching computers to kidlets at the elementary school.  He now works as a network consultant and theater manager for the school system.  As if that didn't keep him busy enough, both he and my mom are active participants in local theater productions and in their church.  My dad is an exceptional singer (seriously) and can be seen performing at various events throughout the Jackson area. I owe my parents more than I can ever say.  They are both truly amazing people!  

I also have a younger brother, Bill. Yes, that is right...we are named Bill and Phil!  As my parents put it, "when we named the both of you we thought, Phillip and William, no problem there."  I can only shake my head...  Anyway, Bill received a degree in music education from Michigan State University and recently finished his Masters degree at the Boston Conservatory.  As the song says, "I don't want to work...I want to bang on the drum all day."  Bill is now an instructor at Evansville University as well as the principal percussionist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

My new Mami and Papi are originally from Peru, having moved to the States in the late '80s.  I can't say enough good things about my new family.  Bertha is in the realty business in Glen Cove, NY.  She is warm and kind and makes an excellent flan.  Cesar is an incredibly imaginative craftsman who owns his own home remodeling company in Long Island (  
I strongly recommend talking with him if you ever are looking to have some work done on your home.

My new brother and sister -in-law, Fabi and Fressia, are now undergraduates attending schools just outside of Philadelphia.  As a sophomore, Fabi was elected to be the student council president at Haverford College.  When not studying, Fabi also stays busy performing in the school's theater.  Fressia is enjoying life as a freshman at Villanova University.  Fressi speaks four languages and enjoys having fun.

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