After service as an Air Force officer, Rick was a hospital CEO for fourteen years in New Orleans and suburban Washington, D.C. Returning to California in 1994, he was Executive Director of the Center for AIDS Services in Oakland and later Executive Director of Coming Home, a not-for-profit fiduciary agency in San Francisco. He was a Licensed California Professional Fiduciary. Other work experiences include parish ministry, prison chaplaincy, and services for people with developmental disabilities. Rick has a bachelors degree in Political Science and holds graduate degrees in Public Administration, Public Health and Health Systems Management. He has also done graduate study in Theology.