Jay serves as a friend of students and young adults as a mentor, life coach, and spiritual guide. While working closely with young adults throughout his career, for the past thirteen years he has worked exclusively with college students as the director of the Wesley non-profit student center on the campus of Jacksonville State University. He was a founding board member of the parent organization to LearnersChoose and began doing double duty as its executive director in 2015.
Jay began forming what has now become purposely.org over a span of several years. Frustrated by the outcomes that he was seeing in his own work with students--high drop-out rates, high debt, and especially the high percentage of slow and false starts after graduation--he set out to develop something that he hoped would help students acheive healthy long term outcomes. Now with years of development, purposely.org has expanded to encompass a broad vision to include anyone who wishes to cultivate the purpose-grounded path. Jay combines thirty years of experience into Purposely, both in working with students and adults in various contexts and in developing models of self-directed peer learning.