Steve started life in Newberg, Oregon and attended all his elementary and high school years in Brookings, Oregon. His higher education years were completed at George Fox University and the University of Oregon. His bachelor’s degree was in History, and he received certification for teaching at the secondary level. His master’s degree was completed in Geography and History. He taught at the high school level for 12 years, and was also Head Coach for Track and Field and Assistant coach in Football and Basketball during that time. In 1986, he moved to Newberg with his wife Diana and their two children to begin a career in the investment and life insurance industry. He is currently working with clients through Mass Mutual managing investments and financial planning, and Diana is the best Grandma on earth.