Derek is a professional screenwriter hailing from the East Coast. With a passion for the arts and an urge to help others find their calling, Derek volunteered at ‘Young at Art’, a hands-on art museum for children throughout his high school and college years. He received a Bachelor of Science in Communications from The University of Miami where he studied screenwriting with a minor in psychology. Prior to joining the Pacific team, Derek spent two years working with teens who struggle with mental and emotional health issues in a residential setting and he continues to foster the love of arts in teens through therapeutic creative writing groups which help them to understand and process their emotions through imaginative exercises. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and 4 furry kids: 2 cats (JD & Moonshine) and 2 dogs (Otto & Rosie).