J.B. was born and raised in Kentucky at a time when kids actually played outside, walked to school and ate home cooked food with their families every night. Raised in the Episcopal church, he graduated from a Catholic all boys high school and attended Earlham College, a Quaker institution. He has lived and worked overseas for the majority of his adult life. Most of this has been in three stints. First, he spent a year in Japan, volunteering at a non-profit organization in Yamanashi prefecture called KEEP and studying Japanese. Second, he spent four years in the Philippines in the Philippine Refugee Processing Center, primarily working with Indo-Chinese youth to prepare them for entry into secondary schools in the United States. During those years he also worked with KEEP to establish an integrated rural development project in the northern Philippines province of Kalinga. The third, and most recent stint, covered the last 12 years through work at the Asian Rural Institute in Tochigi prefecture, Japan. In between these periods of working overseas, he studied in the U.S. and acquired a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the University of Louisville, and a Master of Science (M.S.) in International Agricultural Development from the University of California at Davis. He is married to Adeline and has two sons, Ashley and John, and daughter, Barbara Rose. Since 2007 JB has served as the Executive Director of the American Friends of the Asian Rural Institute.