While earning his B.S. in Criminal Justice and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Brad worked in the maximum security Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility as well as for community-based mental health programs and facilities in Nebraska and Iowa. After relocating to Dallas, Texas in 2006, Brad joined the Collin County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center, first working within their Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Program (IDD) before transitioning to Case Manager of the HUD and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Programs. He worked closely with the Collin County Mental Health Managed Council in the creation and development of the Jail Diversion Program. Building close partnerships with community providers, law enforcement and the courts system was critical to the success of this program, which became a model for other systems. In his last role before moving back to Omaha, as Director of Crisis Services, Brad developed and led programs such as the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program, After Hours Crisis Clinic, Disaster Response Team, Mobile Crisis Team, the Crisis Center (an 8-bed Extended Observation Unit and 14-bed Crisis Respite Unit). In 2017, Brad was honored as the State of Texas CIT Mental Health Professional of the Year.