Ben was born in Brunei (Borneo) and raised on the small island of Labuan, Malaysia. After moving to California in 1982 he soon made his way to Oklahoma where has resided ever since.  He Ben 2became a naturalized US citizen in 1996.

In addition to working at the OU Health Science Center as an anatomical assistant for 17 years, Ben is also a founding and current member of the band, The Red Dirt Rangers, who were recently inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

Ben began volunteering at the GSEH in late 2015 and has been a full time employee for over three years. He has always had a passion for nature and wildlife and enjoys helping care for all the birds and contributing to their preservation and rehabilitation.