Executive Director and Board Member
Jerry earned a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in sociology, and studied summers at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Madrid, Spain. Staying in youth hostels he hitch-hiked through Europe, Turkey, and North Africa. He spent five years as a social worker in San Jose and South San Francisco before working on a PhD and teaching sociology at the University of Colorado—where he met and married his wife Judy. He was a Latin American Teaching Fellow in El Salvador 1973-74.
Jerry subsequently completed a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, during which daughter Kelly was born with Down syndrome. Kelly’s birth was life-changing and led Jerry and Judy to create a nonprofit, Down Home Ranch, which they led for over 25 years, creating a 410 acre, working Texas ranch with 42 permanent residents and revenue producing greenhouses, camps and beef production.
After leaving the Ranch Jerry ramped-up a nonprofit incorporated in 2005 and renamed it Point Rider in 2017. The Point Rider mission to serve as a comprehensive facilitator for groups and organizations seeking to create new homes and communities for adults with intellectual disabilities. He continues that work today. Jerry and Judy live happily in Austin, Texas. He and Judy were honored in September 2019 by Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas, the world’s first theme designed for special needs individuals, for creating Down Home Ranch and their advocacy work.