I wasn't born in Omaha but I got
here as fast as I could.
My dear bride and I married in Omaha NE, at the Pioneer Courage and Spirit of Nebraska Wilderness Park in Downtown Omaha.
My bride is born Belgian and I met her years ago in Austin TX, when I was working as a professor of public policy and director of a graduate program for the University of Texas System in South Texas.
When we had choices such as Brussels Belgium, Paris France, Luxembourg, Austin TX or Bucharest Romania, choosing Omaha for our wedding means our commitment to an exceptionally pretty and welcoming town and state, with exceptionally friendly people and a rich history and contribution to the US's history, particularly of diversity and inclusion, and the potential for an even richer brighter future
The pioneer spirit of Nebraska is what resonates with my family and I.
Everywhere I have been and in everything I have done, it has been this pioneer can do spirit that has always motivated me, and has helped me motivate others.
Today, the frontier is no longer geographic, but it is a knowledge frontier yet and forever to be conquered.
My quest in life has been for decades motivating people to find the best in themselves and grow in self-confidence as much as they can imagine.
I am a naturalized American who has a little girl who made it to college by now. That was in part because her parents motivated her to self-trust from an early age and they could supervise her schooling in English.
My first encounter with the US Constitution was when I was 11 y.o., in the year of the Declaration of Independence bicentennial.
It was illegal and a serious risk to life and liberty to own a copy where I was at the time, growing up in Romania.
One can easily see the lifelong motivation I got very early in my life to protect the US Constitution and mirror its values elsewhere in the world, and to help inspire the same passion for its values in my daughter and in all of her generational peers.
A quote I read for the first time in my daughter's second grade public school in South Texas motivates strongly my determination to protect and disseminate as wide and as deep to further generations the core values embedded in the US founding documents:
"A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started. [S]he is going to sit where you are sitting, and when you are gone, attend to those things which you think are important. You may adopt all the policies you please, but how they are carried out depends on him. [S]he will assume control of your cities, states, and nations. [S]he is going to move in and take over your churches, schools, universities, and corporations... the fate of humanity is in [her] hands." (attributed to Abraham Lincoln).
I am a professor of public policy and business and have directed and taught in US graduate programs in public policy and administration for over two decades. There are therefore about 1000 graduates (nationwide and abroad on US bases in Europe) with a Master of Public Policy or Master of Public Administration, and over 3000 college graduates whom I helped self-motivate to achieve their goals or graduate degrees and pursue a professional career in public service or education--helping communities grow and take back charge of their fate.
More about my career
can be found from my LinkedIn profile.
My simple recipe for personal success:
Shoot for the stars!
(Children always help!)
Work hard on it!
You'd be so much richer.
(Family and community always help!)
for what you will achieve!