Mullica Hill, NJ
College Professor and Clinical Psychologist
DJ was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. His family moved to Northern CA where he completed high school and college. He then moved to Ohio to attend Graduate School at Kent State University, then completed his pre-doctoral internship at a VA hospital in Portland Oregon. Living in the West helped to instill a lifelong love of the outdoors. After graduating with his PhD, he took a faculty position at Rowan University necessitating a move to the South Jersey area. He currently lives in Mullica Hill NJ with his wife Bonnie and their two sons, Drew and Gabe. DJ also co-owns a local psychological practice where he sees clients part-time in addition to his University responsibilities. When not racing, you can often find him with a fishing pole or softball bat in his hand or planning his next travel experience.
Like many others, DJ caught the bug for AR by watching Eco Challenge in the early 1990’s. He watched every episode he could get his hands on and during college began writing papers highlighting the value of AR while mapping out a goal of completing a multi-day event. After settling in South Jersey he came across GOALS racing and completed his first 6 hour AR with Bonnie in Fall 2008 ,which got him hooked.
For his first 8 years, DJ mostly entered 6 hour sprint races sprinkled with some 12 hour races when he could find willing teammates. In 2016 he joined Team Commie Bar so he could up his game to 24+ hour races. Taken together, he has competed in over 60 races with a long list of podium finishes in many of the shorter races. His most recent highlight is a 7th place finish (out of 19) in his first expedition length race in 2018. Over time he has come to really enjoy racing in longer events rather than sprints. He would probably say his favorite element is mountain biking and talking strategy with his teammates while he would definitely say his least favorite is anything to do with snakes.
- 2008 – GOALS Edge (first race)
- 2011 – GOALS Edge (1st place, coed 2)
- 2016 – GOALS Cradle (1st place, male 3)
- 2016 – Rootstock Family race (first AR with kids)
- 2016 – USARA Nationals, Georgia (first overnight and first nationals)
- 2018 – Shenandoah Tough (first expedition race)