Phil was born and raised in northern Minnesota, where he learned to appreciate fresh vegetables from the garden and the beauty of the north woods.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in the mid-1980's with a major in computer science and minors in mathematic
s and accounting,  While working as an accountant for a company in Iowa for a couple of years, he met and married Denise.  For the next 20+ years, he worked as a computer programmer for two different companies.  Phil loves music, books, and fishing.

Denise tells people that she is a Midwest girl.  She was born in South Dakota (because that was the hospital closest to their Nebraska home), raised in Iowa, and lived in Minnesota most of her married life.  She studied early childhood education at North Central University until she met Phil (her Dad introduced us).  She loves crafts, sewing, and being with people.

We were married in 1988 and have two daughters.  Our oldest daughter is attending North Central University (her last year there), keeping the family tradition alive (as both Denise's Mom and Dad attended there as well).  Our youngest daughter is in 10th grade and is home schooled.  We left our home in Minnesota in 2010 to live in Ukraine for two years, spent 
time back in America to raise support, and returned to Ukraine in 2014.  We love being back in Ukraine at this time in history!