Student, University Idaho, 1961-1963; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1966; postgraduate, San Francisco The Art Institute of Chicago, 1968.
Director Oakland (California) facility Synanon Foundation, Inc., 1971-1972, director San Francisco facility, 1972-1973, director Tomales Bay (California) facility, 1976-1978, director Synanon education programs, 1973-1976. Treatment director national programs Vision Quest, Inc., Tucson, 1981-1982. Director resources and development Amity, Inc., 1982-1984, executive director, 1984-1995.
Founder, president, Chief Executive Officer, Amity Foundation, Porterville, California, since 1995. Member National Advisory Committee Substance Abuse Prevention, 1990-1996. Advisory board Center Therapeutic Community Research, National Development and Research Institutes, New York City, 1991-2002.
Consultant California Office Criminal Justice Planning, Sacramento, 1993. Principal investigator program National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1990-1993. President California Therapeutic Committee, 2004-2006.
Editorial advisory board Offender Substance Abuse Report, 2000-2004. Board directors Amity Foundation, California, since 1995, Amity Works Foundation, Arizona, since 2006.
Member of California Therapetic C. (president 2004-2006), Therapeutic Committees of America (treasurer 2006-2008), American Correctional Association.
Married Lois Fern Tobiska, May 3, 1963 (divorced January 1977). Children: Cristina, Charles, Moneka. Married Naya Arbiter, October 17, 1977.
1 child: Angelo.