Russell's background is in residential home construction, with emphasis on finish work and cabinetry. He attended Bangor High School prior to the University of Maine at Orono, and the University of Southern Maine where he studied English and Elementary Education. He also played on the men's varsity hockey team. In the off season, Russell is the wood shop teacher at Camp Timanous in Raymond, and takes on as many building side jobs as possible. Russell is married to Jessica and has twin daughters, Stella and Maya, and golden retriever, Grover.