By day, Gene is a technical writer, trainer and business analyst for an insurance firm headquartered in Northwestern, New Jersey. Between 1992 and 1995 he volunteered at the County College of Morris Planetarium located in Randolph, NJ where he produced, authored and presented planetarium shows, assisted with the planetarium's outreach and public programs. Gene is also an amateur spaceflight historian, amateur astronomer and model rocketry enthusiast and has presented talks about he human spaceflight programs to schools and civic groups. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Kean University.