John’s first career was as an educator. He taught 1st grade at Orange, worked as a school psychologist for the East Shore Regional Resource Center and for 20 years, was a school psychologist for Mayfield Schools. For 6 years he taught a course for CSU entitled, Working With Parents of Exceptional Children. His second career was as a volunteer. For 15 years John was active as a trustee for the CFHS Alumni Association serving on the Scholarship and Athletic HOF committees. John and his wife Mary, have participated in 25 summer work camps with the Federated Church youth group—most recently in Puerto Rico. For many years John helped Mary run the youth lacrosse program expanding it from a 7th and 8th grade program down to the 3rd and 4th grades. John was selected as the Chagrin Valley Jaycees citizen of the year in 2017, has been President of the Chagrin Falls Historical Society Board of Trustees for 10 years, the emcee for the Alumni Choir Memorial Day concert, the Village of Chagrin Falls 4th of July celebration and is the Judge Advocate General for Chagrin Falls American Legion Post 383, where he has the privilege of being the Master of Ceremony for Memorial Day services at the cemetery. John was a member of the Bentleyville Village Council for 10 years, serving four years as president.