I am a native of Dixon. I went to California State University Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, to earn a bachelor's degree in horticulture. I married my high school sweetheart, Charlie. I became a master gardener in 1998 and the coordinator of the program in 1999. I've been working toward finishing a master's degree in environmental horticulture at the University of California, Davis. My aim is to be a farm adviser for Solano County in the future.