Roger received his BA in History from the University of Rochester and his MLS (Master of Liberal Studies) from Georgetown University.
He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy for 8 years and continued his military service in the Naval Reserve for another 13 ½ years, retiring as a Commander.
After leaving active duty, Roger spent the next 30 years working for the Federal government, primarily in the area of substance abuse prevention and treatment. He oversaw the Navy’s worldwide network of treatment and rehabilitation programs, including the certification of substance abuse counselors and the accreditation of treatment facilities. He next worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)/TRICARE Management Activity where he was an analyst for the substance abuse, tobacco use, mental health, and health promotion policies of the Military Health System.
Roger’s final five years of Federal service were with the NIH at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). As a Public Health Analyst, Roger managed over 30 NIAAA grants in the areas of underage drinking, college drinking, and enforcing underage drinking laws. He retired from full-time employment in 2008.
Since retiring, Roger works part-time for the Fairfax County Police Department as a school crossing guard. He’s active in church and community activities, notably as a 39-year volunteer at the Northern Virginia Training Center, prior to its closure in 2016. In 1998, he was NVTC’s Volunteer of the Year, and in 2007 he received the Fairfax County Volunteer Service Award for Organizations the Serve People with Disabilities.
Roger is the current David H. Lawson Foundation Treasurer and has also actively participated in all of the outreach events of the Foundation.