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. He then spent five years working at the Olympia, WA office of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in their environmental division (consulting).
Doug came to Island County over 20 years ago and worked for twelve years as the County's first hydrogeologist. He left 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.