Dan Liedl received his BS degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from West Liberty University. He also earned his MS degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University. He is now pursuing a PhD in Sociology at West Virginia University. Dan is a nontraditional student, working 12 years as an Air Traffic Control Specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration before earning his BS and MS degrees, then working 8 years as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor while with the Commonwealth. Along the way he served as the President of the West Virginia Hemophilia Chapter in the 1990’s and the Sociology Club at West Liberty University in 2000 and 2001. He has also volunteered with many organizations and communities including Hemophilia, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+, and Special Olympics, in various advocacy roles. After being diagnosed with Stage 3C colorectal cancer at the age of 49, and beating it, he has decided to pursue his love of Sociology. His interests center in Community Health, specifically in rare genetic disorders and how they affect rural communities. Dan also loves geography, demographics, reading, travel, and animals.