Rodney grew up in Pekin, IL. He then served in the USAF as an Aircrew Life Support Specialist, separating in 1991 at the rank of Sgt. He then pursued his RN, graduating from Stanly Community College in Albemarle, NC, then finishing a BSN at the University of Indianapolis. He currently works as an RN clinical specialist at Philips Healthcare.
He has been an Indianapolis Aero Club member for several years and was elected to the board in 2018. He also has the honor of being amongst the elite who have been awarded the famous Flying Jackass! Rodney has been a private pilot since 2006, learning in a Piper Archer. He subsequently earned a tailwheel endorsement as well as high performance & complex ratings. He currently owns & flies a 1945 Stinson L5 and also flies a friend’s L-17 Navion from time to time.
He has been married since 1994 to his wife, Elaine. Their other hobbies include historical reenacting (WW2/ Civil War/ War of 1812), vintage cars, camping, fishing, and hunting. Rodney also tries to golf (hack) every so often.