Justin was born in the United States and has been working abroad since 2012 as a coach, consultant, and social worker.
Justin has visited or worked in 35 countries including extended periods in Norway, Nicaragua, Guatemala, the Republic of Moldova, and currently Armenia. In his recent work Justin has coached members of the fellowship program at Impact Hub in Yerevan and the administrators of the alumni and career development department at the American University of Armenia. Previously he coached and provided social work services to Peace Corps volunteers through difficulties with cultural adjustment during their service. As a consultant Justin works with the Armenian Association of Social Workers, helping them to attract over $3 million in projects since 2016. His previous consulting work included co-founding an NGO to legitimize social workers in Moldova, which led to that country's first professional social work association, and revamping the curriculum and teaching methodology of a master-level social work program at the Free International University of Moldova,.
Justin is currently finishing up his training to become a Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Institute of Life Coach Training, an accredited training program from the International Coach Federation, with anticipated completion in June 2018. He received a master's degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City, 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 (LSW) and Iowa.
Before becoming a social worker Justin worked around the United States as a Web entrepreneur, event curator, and radio, print, and photo journalist. He holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism and agriculture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an Master's in management of Internet technology from Marlboro College in Brattleboro, VT.