Rich joined the Leadership Team as a Non-Staff Elder in November 2014. In addition to working on discipleship, developing church policies and documents, and counseling members, he also occasionally preaches and administers the sacraments.
He is a Senior Engineer at the RAND Corporation and serves as Director of RAND’s Washington Office. During his Air Force career, he served in numerous engineering and leadership positions, and was the Director of Research and Associate Professor in the Air Force Academy’s Department of Aeronautics.
Rich graduated from the Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.
Rich is married to Jeannie and they have two sons, one married, and two daughters, both married, and two grandchildren (names in parentheses): Christopher and Meghan (Campbell and Hudson), Aaron, Mish and Jay, and Lee and Nick.
When he’s not working, Rich enjoys getting to know and serve people, working with his hands to build and repair things, and seeing new places around the world. Rich and Jeannie would like to explore Latin America and Asia in the next few years.