Ben is an Associate with The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Service Members, Veterans, and their Families' (SMVF) Technical Assistance Center at Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA). Say that all again ;)
He works with Veteran organizations across the country, behavior health specialists, and suicide prevention coordinators, to address the behavioral health needs of military and Veteran families. This profession deals with themes of wellness, mental and behavioral health, and peer support - all of which are core elements throughout the Parmesan Pig Book Series.
In previous roles, Ben was an Associate at Ayco, a Goldman Sachs Company. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The College of Saint Rose, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, with a Physics Minor, from Stonehill College.
The Parmesan Pig Book Series is Ben's first work as an author.
Ben is married to hometown sweetheart Lauren Barrowman. They have 2 children, Connor and Jane. They both grew up and still currently reside in Bethlehem, New York. His wife Lauren is an Elementary School Teacher in the town. Ben is the oldest of 4 kids, his siblings are Bob, Beth and Bill. His parents are Roger and Theresa.
Ben has a passion for healthy living and wellbeing. As a type-1 diabetic himself, he has dedicated himself to the local Diabetes fundraisers – including the American Diabetes Tour De Cure, previously serving as a team captain, corporate spokesman, and member of the executive committee. He emphasizes routine exercise and maintains a healthy diet, including an alcohol-free lifestyle. Ben supports and stays in contact with friends who strive to live sober.
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Ben in his High School chess club,