Justin was born in the United States and has been working abroad full-time since 2012 as a social worker and coach.
Justin received a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from Hunter College in New York City in 2012, focusing on clinical practice with adults and families with specializations in mental health, substance abuse, and global practice, and is currently a licensed social worker in Virginia and Iowa. Justin is currently completing a certification program to become a board certified coach, with anticipated completion in May 2018.
In Justin's life he has visited or worked in 35 countries including extended periods in Norway, Nicaragua, Guatemala, the Republic of Moldova, and currently Armenia, where he works with the country's primary social work association. Justin began his career abroad by moving to the Republic of Moldova in 2012, bringing American social work skills and values to a region where they are sorely needed. Justin provided coaching and counseling support as the in-country mental health provider for Peace Corps - Moldova, regularly working volunteers on difficulties with cultural adjustment. Justin also co-founded an NGO to legitimize and professionalize social workers called Project Casa Mare, which launched the first professional social work association in Moldova and updated the master-level social work program at the largest private university in Moldova.
Prior to becoming a social worker Justin worked around the United States as a Web entrepreneur, arts administrator, and radio, print, and photo journalist. He has a Bachelor's degree in both journalism and agriculture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MS in technology management from Marlboro College in Brattleboro, VT.