We will be working with the CALED ATIP Western Innovation Network (WIN) to help connect USDA-ARS scientists and technology to local businesses throughout the state.
The ATIP WIN includes:
Office of Community and Economic Development
California State University, Fresno
Since January 2009, Mike Dozier has been the Director of the Office of Community and Economic Development at California State University, Fresno. His responsibilities include Chief Operations Office of the Fresno Regional Jobs Initiative and Lead Executive of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.
The Office of Community and Economic Development is a partner in the Central San Joaquin Valley iHub; manages the Fresno State Connect program that links community businesses and non-profit organizations to the University schools and faculty; conducts the annual Introduction to Economic Development Certificate Program, Learn the Keys to Successful Economic Development course in partnership with CALED; and manages the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) serving Central California through a subcontract with the Central Valley Business Incubator.
Prior to his current position, Mike was Assistant to the City Manager/Planning Director with the City of Livingston, California from 1985 to 1987, Redevelopment Director with the City of Atwater, California from 1987-1992. He worked for the City of Clovis as a Project Manager in the Clovis Community Development Agency (redevelopment agency) beginning in 1992 and was promoted to Director of Community and Economic Development in 1997 where he remained until January 2009. As Director, Mike was responsible for the City’s redevelopment, economic development, tourism, affordable housing, Community Development Block Grant, and Clovis Youth Employment Services programs.
Mike has been a Director of the Fresno Workforce Investment Board (WIB) since 1999, and currently chairs the Adult Council of that Board. He is Vice President of the Central Valley Business Incubator Board of Directors, and sits on the San Joaquin Valley Workforce Funders Collaborative Board and the Central California Small Business Development Center Advisory Committee. Mike has participated in the CALED Professional Assistance Service (PAS) projects for Galt, American Canyon, Needles and Lompoc.
Mary J. Claypool, Executive Director
Monterey County Business Council
Mary Claypool was appointed Executive Director of the Monterey County Business Council on June 1, 2007. Prior to Executive Director, she was Director of Economic Development for the Council. In her current and prior position, her responsibilities include working with private sector businesses, chambers, non-profits, universities, as well as the federal, state and local government. Mary’s primary responsibilities are the day-to-day operations of the Council and to oversee administration of the Monterey County Competitive Clusters Project, a public-private partnership between the County of Monterey and the Monterey County Business Council that she initiated and development of the semi-annual Monterey County Economic Development Report.
Mary Claypool worked for the County of Monterey as the Program Manager for Economic Development for 17 years, (September 1989 – October 2005). She was responsible for coordinating the economic development activities and the development of business outreach and assistance programs for businesses in the County of Monterey. She retired from the County of Monterey in October 2005. Prior to joining the County, she worked for the City of Seaside for twenty years, (1969 – 1989) in finance, redevelopment, community development and economic development. Mary has participated in securing, monitoring and reporting for approximately $20M in EDA grants.
Mary is Chair of the Seaside Planning Commission and Chair of Central Coast Community Health Care, Inc. (VNA). She is a former Director of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) and served on the Executive Committee and Membership Committee. She is a former Board member of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED), United Way and County Liaison for numerous non-profit boards and financial boards.
She graduated from Leadership Monterey Peninsula in 1989. Received the Woman of Achievement Award in 1994 from the Seaside Business and Professional Women’s Club and was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration for Outstanding Service at their annual conference in 1999.
Chuck Clendenin, Business & Cooperative Program Director
United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development
For more than 34 years, Chuck Clendenin has served rural communities. He has a proven record of achievements through partnerships with private, public and community-based organizations. He has been instrumental in approving $1.7 billion in USDA Rural Development financial assistance to over 800 projects, which have improved the quality of life for rural Californians. These projects created or saved approximately 30,000 jobs.
The main program he administers is the Business and Industry guarantee loan program, which has been the largest state program in the country for over 15 years. Under his leadership, this program grew from approximately $10 million per year to over $200 million per year. The other programs that he is responsible for provide financial assistance for revolving loan funds, for business technical assistance, for renewable energy businesses and for value-added agriculture businesses.
Chuck provides leadership on rural development issues by participating on several statewide and nationwide committees. He was a key player in delivering American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds through USDA Rural Development.
Prior to his current position of Program Director, Chuck held several other management positions throughout California with the United States Department of Agriculture.
He graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agriculture Business Management.
Jon C. Gregory, President/CEO
Golden Capital Network
In the entrepreneurial spirit, Jon Gregory founded the Chico, California-based Golden Capital Network in September 1999 and has served as President and CEO of this nonprofit organization since its inception. He also independently has worked on a number of business ventures and consulting assignments all focused on enhancing entrepreneurship and/or fostering the creation of new seed-stage investment models. In that regard, he recently established a joint venture with Wavepoint Ventures to establish an innovative new $25M “hub and spokes” venture financing model for promising early-stage entrepreneurial growth companies in emerging geographic markets of California.
Companies featured at Golden Capital Network events or part of Golden Capital Network initiatives have gone on to raise well over $1.5 billion in angel or venture capital investments and create thousands of jobs. A few examples of alumni companies include StubHub (acquired by EBAY in 2007), MaxPreps (acquired by CBS Sports in 2007), HealthMedia (acquired by Johnson and Johnson in 2009), Power School (acquired by Apple Computer in 2002) and Pandora Media, the Internet Radio web site that is growing by leaps and bounds.
Most recently, through Gregory’s leadership and creativity, Golden Capital Network launched GrowCalifornia as a statewide platform that drives entrepreneurial growth by connecting companies to their Innovation Supply Chain – those resources, such as capital, talent, customers, government agencies, strategic partners, and major corporations – who at some point in a company’s trajectory will have an important impact. GrowCalifornia focuses on the “3-4%” of businesses who studies reveal are generally responsible for 70-100% of all net new job creation in the U.S. GrowCalifornia is the platform for the Game Changers conferences, which bring together all elements of the Innovation Supply Chain through a quarterly conference series, which focus on the state’s key industry sectors. The platform also includes Momentum Builder, GROWCalifornia’s new service to help communities more effectively support their high growth businesses.
In 2001 Gregory co-founded the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance (www.SARTA.org
) as an 8-county network of private and public sector leaders focused on fostering technology-based economic development in the region, and served as its initial CEO. SARTA has matured to the point that it is the leading entity for fostering technology-based entrepreneurship throughout the Greater Sacramento Region.
Prior to founding Golden Capital Network, Gregory served in increasingly responsible roles at the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (located in Chico CA) from 1989-1999, concluding as Deputy Director before leaving to launch the Golden Capital Network. Gregory completed his major in journalism and his minor in political science from CSU, Chico. While attending CSU, Chico Gregory became the General Manager of the Butte County Economic Development Corporation from 1987-1989.
Gregory started his career in the U.S. Army as part of the 32nd
Army Air Defense Command in Darmstadt Germany from 1982-1984. Gregory, his wife Karen and 3 daughters reside in Chico California.
Candy Hansen-Gage, Director
Center for International Trade Development, Fresno
Candy Hansen-Gage has served as the Center for International Trade Development Director since it first opened as the Export Center in 1989. She is also founder of the San Joaquin Valley International Trade Association.
Ms. Hansen-Gage has served as Director of Fresno CITD since 1989. Over the years, Candy has worked closely with a hundreds of companies developing global business strategies and international business plans. Through one-on-one consulting and specialized training programs, Candy's efforts have resulted in more than $600 million in export sales for Central Valley companies. Candy has also been instrumental in organizing a number of international trade missions to Mexico, Brazil, Korea, Argentina, Germany, Poland, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
Ms. Hansen-Gage manages the Ag HUB for the State of California and was instrumental in negotiating the Memorandum of Understanding with California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), whereby, the California CITD’s now represent the CDFA as California’s Agricultural Export Office.
Ms. Hansen-Gage received her Master’s of Science in Business with an emphasis in International Business and a BA in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.
Candy enjoys spending her free time with husband Tom, daughter Stacy, and her 3 grandchildren, 6-year-old Nico and 3-year-old twins Joshua and Dylan. Candy believes in keeping the mind, body and soul fit and is currently training for her next triathlon.
Dr. Glenda Humiston, State Director
United Stated Department of Agriculture-Rural Development
Dr. Glenda Humiston was appointed by President Obama on August 23, 2009 to serve as the California State Director at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development. Humiston brings over 25 years of experience working on public policy development and program implementation supporting rural development and sustainable communities to the Agency. Humiston previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia, as Executive Director of a nonprofit advocating farmland preservation and value-added agriculture development, and has taken on many difficult challenges throughout the western states as a consultant on environmental and agricultural issues. In that capacity she developed a Rangeland Water Quality Management plan for the state of California that has become a model in many western states. More recently, she managed the “Sustainable Development Institute” at the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico City, Mexico in 2006.
Humiston served from 1998 – 2001 as Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment at USDA. While there she received national honor awards from USDA and EPA as well as two “Hammer” Awards from Vice President Gore for outstanding government programs. Humiston completed her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 2009; her dissertation was titled: “Sustainable Agriculture as U.S. Farm Policy: Opportunities and Threats to Reform”. She received her Master’s degree in International Agricultural Development from the University of California at Davis and her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University. She has also completed Professional Certification in Environmental and Land Use Planning and a two-year fellowship with the California Agricultural Leadership program.
Jeanette Ishii, Economic Development Coordinator
Fresno County, Administrative Office
Jeanette Ishii serves as the Economic Development Coordinator for the County of Fresno. She is responsible for economic development and works with the Cities, unincorporated communities, the Economic Development Corporation, the Workforce Investment Board and other stakeholders. She is responsible for managing the Fresno County Regional Enterprise Zone, which covers 14 cities providing tax credits and other incentives for businesses. Jeanette also serves as the legislative coordinator for the County of Fresno and directs the County’s advocacy efforts in Sacramento and Washington D.C. She was recently appointed by Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve as a member of the National Agricultural Research Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board to represent the interests of Rural Economic Development. The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Secretary of Agriculture.
Jeanette also served as Assistant County Administrative Officer for the County of Fresno for five years. She was responsible for operations and legislation for the County. Prior to entering County government, Jeanette served as the Executive Director of the Kenneth L. Maddy Institute at California State University, Fresno and the Director of Development for the College of Social Sciences. In her work at the Maddy Institute she worked with the Great Valley Center to cosponsor the Great Valley Leadership Institute. The institute trained local elected officials from throughout the San Joaquin Valley. The program brought national talent and expertise from Universities as distant as the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Jeanette’s passion for business played an important part in her life as she served as the President and owner of San Joaquin Valley Farms, Inc. The company provided packaging, shipping, marketing and sales of nut, candy and citrus products. During her fifteen years with the company, she developed her own trademarked labels and executed a marketing strategy to take the company national with 16 distributorships and a national sales network. Internationally, San Joaquin Valley Farms exported nut and citrus products to markets in the Pacific Rim. She sold the company, with the intention of retiring, when her husband was appointed to the federal bench.
Timothy E. Kelley, President/CEO
Imperial Valley EDC
Timothy E. Kelley is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC).
Tim’s vision for the Imperial Valley comes from a comprehensive understanding of the western regional border and its effect on local economies and international trade. His international experience comes from his extensive travels throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Tim received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Arts and Sciences from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California. Tim also studied abroad in Morelia, Mexico.
Tim serves on several boards and commissions related to economic development, workforce, and education. He is the Past Chair and current Board Member of the Imperial County Workforce Development Board, an active member of the California Association of Local Economic Development, and the International Economic Development Council. Tim is the Co-Chair for the P-16 Council Business Committee, the Executive Vice President of Team California, Board Member of the San Diego World Trade Center, Board Member of the San Diego Imperial District Export Council, and a Director for San Diego County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Tim is also very active in service organizations in the Imperial and San Diego region. He is the Vice President of the Imperial Valley Community Foundation, a member and past president of the Brawley Rotary Club of Rotary District 5340 and a Trustee of Brawley Elks Lodge 1420.
Tim is a native of the Imperial Valley and has lived in both San Diego and Imperial counties. Currently he resides in Brawley, California with his wife Marisa Gaio Kelley and their cat Ashes.
Jack King, Division Manager
National Affairs & Research
California Farm Bureau Federation
A 38-year veteran of Farm Bureau, Jack King is the Division Manager of National Affairs and Research at the California Farm Bureau Federation. King served on the information staff of the American Farm Bureau Federation from 1985 to 1994 as director of news services in Park Ridge, Illinois. From 1973 to 1985 he was assistant manager of the Information Services division of the California Farm Bureau Federation.
Prior to joining Farm Bureau in 1973, King worked in Wisconsin as an extension youth advisor, assistant director of the Wisconsin Council of Cooperatives and, for two years, as assistant director of marketing for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.
He received an agricultural degree from the University of Wisconsin and did post-graduate work there. He was raised on a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin. He and his wife, Mary Ann, live in the Sacramento area.
Lora Lee Martin, Director
California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)
Director, Sacramento Office and Strategic Policy Initiatives
Lora Lee Martin has extensive experience working at the interface between academia, industry and the policy sectors. She has led the development of the first state science and technology policy fellowship in the nation; a program that places Ph.D. scientists and engineers in the California State Legislature. Throughout her career she has been involved with projects ranging from climate change, biodiversity, and oceans, to land use, groundwater remediation, and military base conversion. All have involved working at the interface of science and policy.
Ms. Martin has also worked extensively to integrate governmental and private support of research with regional economic development initiatives. She has worked consistently at the junction of federal, state and local governments and has numerous successes in impacting legislation and program directions to support important science and technology research agendas. Her work has included helping to launch multiyear, multi-institutional research collaborations in areas such as marine technologies and groundwater remediation. She led the creation of the University of California's Monterey Bay Education, Science, and Technology (MBEST) Center; an inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional center intended to draw upon the research expertise of multiple higher education and research institutions to enhance regional economic development. Her work has focused on leveraging the innovation catalyzing energies of universities, national labs, and other research institutions to foster job creation, and to enhance educational and research opportunities.
Ms. Martin holds a B.S. in zoology from UC Davis and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley. Her years of experience include work in the corporate, political, nonprofit, and academic arenas; six of those years were spent in Washington, DC.
Neil Paschall, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, CFFA, Managing Director
The McLean Group
Neil Paschall, Managing Director of The McLean Group's Sacramento, CA office and Partner in The McLean Valuation Services Group, has 35 years experience, including public accounting with a Big Four firm, serving as a Fortune 500 company’s corporate financial executive responsible for acquisition due diligence and valuation, and serving as a business valuation and investment banking firm's CEO.
A graduate of the Advanced Negotiation Program at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, Mr. Paschall graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University in international business finance. He also is a CPA.
Mr. Paschall has served on the Practice Standards Committee of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA), and was an elected member of NACVA's Litigation Forensics Board, which sets practice standards for litigation consulting practitioners. He is a highly regarded speaker, author and instructor on acquisition due diligence, corporate valuation and transaction analysis, enhancing business value, and M&A. Mr. Paschall sits on the editorial board of the national magazine, The Value Examiner.
• FINRA Registered Representative (Series 7, 66, 79)
• CPA (California)
• Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) through AICPA
• Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) through AICPA
• Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) through NACVA
• Certified Forensic Financial Analyst (CFFA) through NACVA
• The California Society of CPAs
• American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA)
Northeastern California Small Business Development Center and The Center for Economic Development California State University, Chico
Dan Ripke is director of the Northeastern California Small Business Development Center (NECSBDC) and the Center for Economic Development at CSU, Chico. He has been with the center since 1989 and during his tenure, the center has grown from three employees to over fifteen. He has expanded the center’s service region from twelve counties to twenty-seven counties, a region that encompasses over 30 percent of the state. The Northeastern California SBDC works with over 3,000 small businesses annually, assisting with small business start-up and expansion technical assistance. The Center for Economic Development provides technical assistance to communities throughout California, hosts regional events, and publishes the Annual County Profile Series, a set of 23 county reports (each 150+ pages) summarizing economic and demographic trends.
Dan Ripke has been instrumental in development Economic Gardening programs within the western United States. He has made over 42 presentations to groups throughout 6 western states, and helped 4 programs become established. His office also hosted the first Economic Gardening Conference in 1999 in Chico, California. In 2003, the CED became the lead Small Business Development Center, overseeing six of the centers at local community colleges, through a grant from the Small Business Administration (SBA). At this time the organization became known as the Northeastern California Small Business Development Center (NECSBDC).
Dan is a regular speaker on topics related to entrepreneurship, regional economic development, as well as the affects of economic and demographic trends on communities, their economies, and their businesses. Dan is regularly quoted in publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Sacramento Bee, to name a few. Dan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Economic Advisors to the California Workforce Investment Board. He is a Technical Advisor to the California Economic Strategy Panel and a member of the California Association for Local Economic Development and International Economic Development Council.
Dan lives in Chico with his wife Carol Lavin, stepson Daniel, and daughter Sophia.
Michael Roessler, Director
Business & Entrepreneurship Center Program, California Community Colleges
Michael Roessler is the Statewide Director of Business & Entrepreneurship Center Program for the Economic and Workforce Development Program through the California Community Colleges. Prior to coming to the Chancellor’s Office of California Community Colleges, Michael was the Director of the Orange County Small Business Development Center. Michael started his career in small business assistance with the Inland Empire SBDC in 1995 as a business consultant and went on to serve five years as Assistant Director.
The Business & Entrepreneurship Center Program is a network of Community College professionals working in strategic partnerships with business, industry and community business organizations to identify and meet California’s economic development needs in the areas of business improvement and entrepreneurship training.
Michael holds a Bachelors Degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and resides in Sacramento.
California Council on Science & Technology
Diana Rudé currently provides consulting services to the California Council on Science and Technology, a 501(c) (3) corporation designed to offer expert advice to state government and to recommend solutions to science and technology-related policy issues. Diana also operates Bina Consulting, a consulting business specializing in economic and community development and legislative policy advocacy and research.
Diana was formerly employed with the California Legislature from April 1985 to January 2005, including 19 years as a legislative policy consultant. Her most recent position in the Legislature was as Principal Assistant for the former Assembly Majority Leader Marco Antonio Firebaugh.
While serving the Legislature, Ms. Rude’s policy focus was in areas of economic and business development, international trade, new and emerging technology, workforce training, education, public procurement and regulatory reform. Diana has developed several successful legislative measures in a variety of policy areas including, but not limited to, telecommunications and information technology, workforce training, K-12 and higher education, and economic and business development.
In addition, she has been instrumental in coalition building and resource identification leading to successfully bringing major community development projects to fruition. These community development projects included a multimedia academy (the Community Technology and Education Center (CTEC), in Cypress Park, California; and the Van de Kamp Satellite campus of Los Angeles City College in Atwater, California.
Diana has received legislative awards for her work from both the United Minority Business Entrepreneurs (1994) and the Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Network (1994).
Ms. Rudé’s prior work experience includes 15 years in public administration arenas in both New York State and California. Ms. Rudé holds an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies from Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, New York and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Studies from California State University, Sacramento, California.
Louis Stewart, Deputy Director
Innovation and Emerging Technology
Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Louis Stewart currently serves as the Deputy Director of Innovation and Emerging Technology in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GoED), where he is overseeing for the coordination and promotion of innovative and emerging technology activities throughout California to foster collaboration, organization and efficiency. Mr. Stewart’s role includes a priority to develop strategic business development opportunities and promote strategies to enhance the awareness, visibility and opportunities for commercialization of the technologies emerging from GoED’s iHub initiatives while coordinating and managing high priority business opportunities in order to retain and expand business investment, assist in job creation and enhance economic opportunities through innovation.
Prior to GoED, Mr. Stewart served as the Deputy Director for the 2010 Census in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, overseeing and directing the statewide new media outreach and county coordination for the U.S. Decennial Census 2010 in California.
Before joining the Census 2010 effort, Mr. Stewart was appointed to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as Special Advisor to the Director. While at the DMV, he served as Assistant Deputy Director of Field Operations and had oversight of internal operations as well as oversight of the 168 Field Offices throughout the state. His last assignment at the DMV was as Public Affairs Officer where he oversaw special assignments. He also served as the Information Technology Director for Governor Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign in 2006.
Mr. Stewart comes from the private sector where he has vast experience in Marketing and Information Technologies. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University.
Economic Development Department
City of Livermore
Mr. White joined the City of Livermore in June of 2007, where his department is responsible for Business Attraction, Retention, and Growth Innovation, Science and Technology Workforce Development Intergovernmental Coordination with Local, Regional, State and Federal Organizations Cultural Arts, Tourism, Marketing and Outreach.
Acting on behalf of the City Council and City Manager, Mr. White is the primary liaison with two federal research facilities, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories. Program coordination with the Labs includes daily management of the State of California designated Innovation Hub (iHub) (known as the Innovation for Green Advanced Transportation Excellence – i-GATE), a transportation and energy technology incubator joint managed with Labs, and formation of an academic alliance to foster post-graduate opportunities in the Tri-Valley. He also acts at the primary City point of contact for a laboratory-led open collaborative research area known as the Livermore Valley Open Campus, which focuses on programmatic expansion of the National Ignition Facility and Combustion Research Facility initiatives by providing unrestricted research areas adjacent to the Labs.
His department also runs several city-wide business incentive programs, acts at the City’s ombudsperson for business, engages the local viticulture industry to create broad eco-tourism, and works diligently with the redevelopment staff to create robust projects that will continue to build on Livermore’s recent accomplishments. Mr. White has also incorporated workforce development and academic program development into his areas of responsibility, working collaboratively with local, regional, state and federal institutions and organizations to increase the job creation prospects in the Livermore Valley.
Additionally, Mr. White has recently been awarded by the Livermore Chamber of Commerce, Congressman John Garamendi – CA District 10, and Assemblymember Joan Buchanan – CA 15th District for his work on innovation collaboration and partnership for the Tri-Valley and East Bay.
As a former Deputy Director of the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Affairs Department for the County of Sacramento from May 2002 to June 2007, he acted on behalf of the Sacramento County Executive’s Office on business permitting assistance, business attraction and retention, military base reuse and redevelopment, and commercial corridor revitalization.
Mr. White’s background also includes work in revitalizing former industrial complexes and in business permitting assistance; work in the private sector in large-scale former military base reuse and revitalization; work in the non-profit sector on technology transfer for the Department of Energy and e-commerce assistance to business; as a previous owner of a small consulting business; as a partner in a commercial real estate Limited Liability Corporation; and extensive experience in brownfields and hazardous materials mitigation.
Mr. White has a Master’s in Planning and Development from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s in Geology from California State University, Chico. He is also a registered Professional Geologist in the States of California and Illinois.
Mr. White and his wife enjoy being a part of community events and involved in local activities. They also enjoy wine tasting and travelling to new destinations. They have two children, Aidan and Maura.