Doug was born and raised in central Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Science degree in Geology/Hydrogeology from the University of Illinois. He is licensed in the State of Washington as a Geologist and a Hydrogeologist.
He worked seven years in the Groundwater Section of the Illinois State Water Survey, a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and five years at the Olympia, WA office of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in the environmental division (consulting).
Doug came to Island County 19 years ago and worked for twelve years as the County's first Hydrogeologist, leaving the County in 2008 to work for Pacific Groundwater Group in Seattle. Doug returned to county employment in February of 2012.
He is married and has two children.