When traveling, Frank likes to be as close to Jonathon as possible...
When traveling, Frank likes to be as close to Jonathon as possible...

About Jonathon

Words fail to explain my desire and excitement to be a father, so first let me say "Thank you!" for inquiring more into Abby and I as potential adoptive parents. I hope you are able to glean more information about who we are from our website.

I was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, which is where most of my family still lives, but I was fortunate to travel all over the country (and Canada!) playing ice hockey. Abby and I travel back to Indiana a couple of times a year to see our families. Our families also stay with us in our home each year!

I attended Indiana University in Bloomington, which is where Abby and I met. Bloomington is such a special place, and I treasure my experiences while I was there. After obtaining our PhD's, Abby and I accepted research fellowships in Dallas, TX. Though it was a great career opportunity and experience, it wasn't where we ultimately wanted to be.

At the State Fair in Dallas

When we were offered the opportunity to come to western North Carolina, we didn't have to think twice - it is the best absolute place for us!

Now, I am a university professor in the broad area of Exercise Science. I study breathing mechanics/dynamics during exercise and its consequences in health and disease. I certainly enjoy mentoring students and look forward to educating my own children in the future.

I am a hard-worker who likes to learn new things. I love the natural world and find it fascinating. I am caring, empathetic, and strive to live a life of integrity. I like to be goofy when I'm at home with Abby, often making up songs and dances.

For fun, I like to be with family... and I like to do things outdoors. Hiking is a favorite. Running with Abby is cool, especially on trails. We enjoy traveling to small towns and trying new restaurants. We hope to share these activities and adventures with our children!

Favorites

Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums

Book: The Catcher in the Rye

TV Show: Mostly I watch cable news shows, but my guilty pleasure is Impractical Jokers.

Music(ian): I like all sorts of music - 80's punk, 90's alternative, trip hop, bluegrass, folk, etc. My favorite artist is probably DJ Shadow (his Endtroducing album blew me away when it was released in 1996).

Actor: Everyone in Wes Anderson films (e.g., Bill Murray, Owen and Luke Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, etc.)

Actress: Everyone in Wes Anderson films. (Can you tell that I'm a big Wes Anderson fan?!)

Food: This is a tough one... I love homemade chop suey and chili cheese etouffee from Yat's in Indianapolis. And I haven't had a burger or pizza I didn't like.

Fruit: Pineapple, fresh Honeycrisp apples, and raspberries

Vegetable: Onion and celery are underrated in my opinion. Zesty garlic pickles are delicious, too!

Ice Cream Flavor: Mint chocolate chip

Color: Red ('Cause I'm a Hoosier!)

Game: Sequence

Sport: Ice hockey and college basketball

Sports Team: IU Hoosiers, NY Islanders (NHL), and Chicago Cubs (MLB)

Activities: I like being with family... doing things outdoors... hiking, running (roads and trails), kayaking, yard work, etc. I also enjoy road trips through Appalachia, antiquing, listening to music, trying new restaurants, completing home projects, conducting scientific research, and mentoring highly-motivated students.

Person: No brainer... Abby!