Matt was born, raised and went to school in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts with a concentration in computer art. After college he moved to Washington, D.C. where he did a year of volunteer service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He worked at an after-school tutoring program with at-risk youth and a senior service center. At the senior service center he helped seniors with affordable housing, Medicare and setting up a community food pantry. After his year of volunteer service he stayed in Washington, D.C and worked at a non-profit organization where he helped people with HIV/AIDS, cancer and hospice patients get free food. Matt has travelled to Ireland, Spain, Alaska, Hawaii and Nova Scotia, Canada. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, biking, running, camping, cooking spicy vegetarian food and reading comic books. He's very interested in forestry, conservation biology, ecology, sustainable living and environmental science. One day Matt hopes to be employed by the US Forest Service as a forest ranger, forester or conservation biologist. He's very excited to be working in the Nantahala Forest and hopes to do some kayaking and mountain biking when he's not working on the trail.