Gary has been involved with Hammer since 1970, when he worked with individuals supported by Hammer School, before it was Hammer Residences. Individuals came to Opportunity Workshop (now Opportunity Partners) to work on projects and to learn valuable skills.

During his career, Gary was a math and ELL reading paraprofessional at Sanford Middle School in Minneapolis. Now retired, Gary has written two novels and a family history, and is excited about serving on the Board of Directors and being involved with Hammer.