Dave is a 1970 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. He earned a BA in Biology/Chemistry at the University of Northern Iowa and an MA in Computer Applications from Clarke College. He continued his education at several universities to attain an additional 60 hours of graduate coursework. Dave taught Biology at the South Tama School District before beginning his career in the Maquoketa school district in 1977, where he taught life science, physical science, and computer education. In 1997 he became the district's first Technology Coordinator, retiring in 2010 after 35 years in education.
Today he is co-owner of RagaBabe Inc., where he works as CFO and Technical Operations Manager. He has been deeply involved in the beginning and growth of Faith Community Church, and has enjoyed 11 mission trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.