Position: Team Manager (boy, what an oxymoron!)
Age: 43 y.o.
Hometown: San Francisco Bay Area
Occupation: Operations, Life Sciences/Health Care
Nickname: Papa Joe
A lifelong resident of the Bay Area, 2008 marks Papa Joe's 20th anniversary of gay basketball participation, as he was a member of the original Rockdogs team, winning in Boston in 1995. He rejoined the team in December 2005 on the run to the 2006 Gold Medal at the Chicago Gay Games. It's important to note that Joe has very limited skills on the court -- he can't run, can't jump, can't guard quick, fast or big guys and tires easily. What he brings to the team is debatable, but he brings it. He is known for being an a--hole, and his loud, foul mouth justifies the title. To his credit and in the best interests of the team, he has not logged one minute on the court since his return to the Dogs (thankfully). Joe is one of the Old Dogs... a very proud elder(ly) Dog, who believes strongly that the Rockdogs are not just a team, but a family. It is his hope that this team, this family, the Rockdogs -- and all of our brothers and sisters in Gay Basketball -- can make a difference in our community and in society.
Socially, he eats too much, swears too often, laughs too loud, makes inappropriate comments at inappropriate times -- he's made, and lost, many friends as a result of his mouth -- and many times you can find him on a barstool. He drinks too much...life is short, play hard. Joe shares a loft with his partner, Harrold and their perfect little pug, Bo, in San Francisco.
Professionally, Joe works in operations for a life sciences company developing drugs for HIV and hepatitis C, and he serves on the Conant Foundation, which seeks to educate, advocate, research and find treatments for HIV and its manifestations. It is his dream, that one day, our civilization will cure HIV infection and develop a vaccine to prevent it from ever infecting another human being.