Dirk is a lifelong resident of Ligonier Valley. He lives with his wife, Theresa, in Ligonier Borough in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Their son, Brett, is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and is living in Boulder, Colorado.
Dirk is a 1977 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice. He graduated in 1994 from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. He attained his Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies at IUP in 2011.
Dirk has served on numerous boards including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Laurel Region, Westmoreland County Community College, Blackburn Center, Youth Service Alliance of Pennsylvania, Ligonier Borough Planning Commission, Westmoreland County Board of Assistance, Fort Ligonier, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Ethics Board of the PA Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and several other organizations. He has served on the Ligonier YMCA Board for six previous terms, starting in 1982.
He currently serves as Director of Westmoreland County Detention/Shelter and is the Human Services Coordinator of Westmoreland County. Previously he was employed by Adelphoi Village for 35 years.
He enjoys sports of all kinds, particularly outdoor sports. He is also interested in history and traveling with his wife and friends.