Joshua was born in San Diego, California in 1987 and spent an early childhood traveling with family as his dad was stationed across the states for the Army. Following in his dad’s footsteps, he had chosen a career in the Army as a Military Police officer serving for over 8 years. The career was cut short due to injuries from multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (06-08/08-10). Joshua left the Army in 2013 as a Sergeant having the privilege to train and lead Soldiers combat operations and to become successful Non-Commissioned Officers themselves.
Leaving the Army created a void that was soon filled with studies at Shenandoah University pursuing a degree in Biology with a focus on Ecology. After completing studies, he worked with a small landscape company in Northern Virginia while he attended school again at Northern Virginia Community College to gain knowledge and expertise in Horticulture. His understanding of this new field earned him high marks as he was offered to join the collegiate honor society and became a certified Horticulturist and the Horticulture Club President for Northern Virginia Community College. Joshua soon found that working with plants and designing landscapes helped to heal wounds that were left over from his time overseas.
Shortly after finishing his studies, he gained employment as a Zoological Horticulturist at Roer’s Zoofari in McLean Va. While employed at the zoo, he was able to define his talents as a designer building numerous habitats to sustain a multitude of animals with varying ecosystems. Wanting to learn more design, he transitioned to Wheat’s Landscaping in McLean where he was able to gain AutoCAD experience to build landscapes for our country’s top politicians, CEO’s and acclaimed athletes.
He and his wife, Josie, welcomed their daughter Aela into the world on July 23rd, 2017. He and his family has since moved to call New Bern home in May of 2019 in order to have more time together as a family while being able to pursue his passion as a designer. When not with family, he spends his free time drawing, reading and helping other veterans become acclimated with life after combat.