Dean H. Olivas Jr was born on July 11, 1991 in Detroit, Michigan. Raised in Livonia, Michigan he attended and graduated from Churchill High School in 2009. After high school Dean attended Schoolcraft College where he earned his Associates of Arts. Following his journey at Schoolcraft Dean attended Madonna University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast and Cinema Arts. Dean completed his degree in the winter of 2014.
In the summer of 2013, Dean won the Motown PAH-Fest award. This award is given to local filmmakers who are given one week to create a five minute piece. More recently, Dean was nominated under the category of Public Affairs/Community Service in The NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Science) for Michigan college students. In the summer of 2014 Dean directed his feature length film, Gangster Report.
In addition to his film experience, Dean has also earned television credentials through the university. "Celebrate Michigan" is a Madonna University television talk show that is a student run production. Dean’s training on the show includes an array of television talk show production aspects – chyron programming and operating, running editing teleprompter scripts, student engineering, commercial playback, show recording, assistant and technical directing, and also directing. Dean has also earned the opportunity to direct Whalers hockey games. In the winter semester of 2013-2014, Dean won the best director competition in his directing class. Winning this allowed Dean to direct yet another Plymouth Whalers hockey game.
As well as his passion for film and television, Dean also has a heavy interest in hockey. Dean plays in a Wheelchair Hockey League and is currently filling the role of Deputy Commissioner. With this role he is required to help make important league decisions while also assisting with the website. He previously held the role of Board Member before receiving a promotion to Deputy Commissioner in the fall of 2013 (as voted on by the players).