As a native of Colorado, Dane has a passion for the arts and media and does the work because believes that education, equity, and equality are key in today's society. Dane has a passion for the work as the father of four sons, two that are currently scholars in DPS, as a product of Denver Public Schools, and a current community partner investing into the lives of scholars at Wyatt Academy in Northeast Denver. Dane is a volunteer football coach (10 years) for the Pirates Youth Football Organization and leads as the Executive Director of Kids Above Everything (KAE), an outreach effort to lift the lives of students in NE Denver, and as Lead Designer/Founder of High Above Everything, a graphic design and media arts company. "Remembering my own challenges throughout my teenage and young adult years moved me to become someone that can serve as a mentor to kids and show them how to make positive choices and decisions in their lives. I feel it is my job to motivate and show our youth how to obtain success despite statistical information that would lead them to believe otherwise."