Marty grew up on a tomato and vegetable farm in San Jose, California. He went into the wholesale produce business with his brother-in-law in 1971 and in 1979 started his own national produce distribution company. He retired from that business in June of 2014. Nancy received her Master Degree in counseling psychology from JFK University and went on to get her Marriage and Family Therapy license in 1990. in addition to her private practice she supervised interns for many years at Stand Against Domestic Violence. Nancy retired in 2010.
Their experience with mental illness has been up close and personal with both children and siblings.