Lance was born on the Oahu HI and moved back and forth between California and Hawaii multiples until entered the Navy in 1976 (with his parent’s approval) only 5 days after his 17th birthday during his sophomore year of high school at Hollywood High. He served as a Boatswain mate on Comm Carrier Group 1 (CCG1) and completed his GED aboard the USS Constellation (CVA-64). He received an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1979 and moved back to southern California and worked as a manager and a bouncer in various bars in the valley. In 1988 he was involved in a car accident where he injured his T-10 severely limiting his ability to walk. For the next 20 years he became quite the wheel chair tennis sensation, earning a #2 rank in the Nation’s ‘A’ Division. He also skippered many vessels in adaptive sailing races, and did the Newport to Ensenada Regatta multiple times. He even crossed the finish line backwards one year, and was featured in Sport and Spoke Magazine.
Before he joined the Navy he worked in the motion picture industry machining parts for light rigs used on “Raging Bull,” “Raise The Titanic,” “White Buffalo,” “Skate Town USA,” and many other movies back in the 70s. Also, while working in the industry he learned how to drive Semis around the lot as a 15 year old, before he even had his California drives license.
Currently he is the Volunteer Committee Chairman, and is very interested in getting more people to volunteer their time and efforts to help move the chapter forward.