• Born and raised in East Alton, son of Raymond and Bernice Silkwood

  • Graduated East Alton-Wood River High School

  • BS Recreation Education SIUE 1986

  • Master in Public Administration and Policy Analysis (MPA) SIUE 1997


  • St. Louis Cardinals, minor leagues 3 years

  • Pitching Coach SIUE 7 years

  • Head baseball and women’s basketball coach, academic advisor, Lewis & Clark Community College 3 years

  • Marquette Catholic High School head coach 4 years

  • Inducted St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame 2017

  • Inducted East Alton-Wood River High School Hall of Fame 2019


  • Village of East Alton Mayor 2015 – Current

  • Village of East Alton Treasurer and Director of Public Administration 1999-2015

  • Village of East Alton Director of Parks and Recreation 1997-1999

  • Village of East Alton Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation 1990-1997


  • Serves on Assist 14 Training Board

  • Rotary Club, served as president twice

  • Riverbend Growth Association Board 2 years (currently serving as ex-officio board member)

  • Serves on Operation Blessing Board

  • Served on East Alton Elementary School Board 4 years

  • Served on East Alton-Wood River High School Board 8 years