Gary Schlack was born and raised in southeastern Michigan. His father “Big” Gary owned a home repair company and was a veteran that served during the Vietnam War. His mother Karen was primarily a homemaker and the daughter of a Big Three tool-and-die machinist that served during World War II. As a teenager, Gary was a regular volunteer in the community, lead the debate team, and was elected class president his senior year of high school.
After graduating from high school, Gary studied political science and business at Michigan State University. At the end of his sophomore year, hostilities in the Global War on Terrorism reached their height and Gary decided to postpone his education to enlist in the United States Army. It wasn’t an easy decision, but one he felt was his obligation to our country. After returning home, Gary further delayed his education and become his mother’s home healthcare provider after her diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Thankfully, she recovered! However, Gary’s father suddenly was diagnosed with kidney and lung cancer. Unlike Gary’s mother, his father lost his fight mere months after turning 53. With his mother’s recovery in remission, Gary returned back to school and become the first member of his family to earn a college diploma.
Gary started his career as a substitute teacher, where he witnessed firsthand the dedication and sacrifices teachers endure. Yet, as the economy slowly recovered, the reality of finding a full-time job as a social studies teacher in Michigan looked bleak. Unwilling to leave Michigan, Gary made the decision to look for employment outside of education. After exploring different careers, Gary chose to work in the transportation industry. Today, Gary is a manager. His responsibilities include negotiating and meeting customer ocean import shipping demands for Ford Motor Company as part of DHL Supply Chain.
Gary is happily married to his beautiful wife Bridget. Together they are raising their infant son, Gary Jr. and two boisterous cats Snowshoe and Charlie. They are actively involved in the community and parishioners at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.