Bachelor in History, Lewis College, 1967. Master of Arts in History, Washington State University, 1972. Certified, Western Washington University, 1977.
Certified, Academy Certified Archivists, 1989.
Instructor Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, Washington, 1972-1975. Pace professor Chapman College, Orange, California, 1975-1976. Instructor Western Washington University, Bellingham, 1976.
Project administrator Washington State Records Board, Olympia, 1977-1981. Chief of archives State of California, Sacramento, 1981-1995. Director California State Archives and Golden State Museum, 1995-1997.
History and social science consultant, online course models project director California Department Education, since 1997. Consultant and lecturer in field. Adjunct professor history California State University, Sacramento, since 1987.
Adjunct professor library science San Jose State University, since 1999.
Secretary California Heritage Preservation Commission, Sacramento, 1981-1997. Coordinator California History Records Advisory Board, Sacramento, 1981-1997. Chairman National Steering Committee of State Records Coordinator, Sacramento, 1983-1985.
Member California History State Capitol Commission, Sacramento, 1984-1997, executive director California State Archives Foundation, 1987-1997. Member Sacramento Commission History and Science, 1993-1999. Member advisory board California International Studies Project, since 1998.
Lieutenant United States Navy, 1967-1970, Vietnam. Member National Association Government Archives and Records Administrators (vice president 1986-1988, board directors 1983-1985, president 1988-1990), Society of America Archivists (chairman committee goals and priorities 1987-1990), California Committee for Promotion of History (steering committee 1984-1987, award of merit 1989), Spindex Users Network (chairman 1979-1981), Organization American Historians, Society California Archivists (certified recognition 1989), California Council for the Social Studies (department representative since 1998), National Council for the Social Studies, American Association for State and Local History (host committee chair 1998), National Council for History Education (host committee chair 2000).
Married Melinda A. Peak, 1995. 1 child, Alyssa Marie.