Marty grew up in San Diego, California and in 1985 his MA in Education/Counseling led him to Santa Barbara where he worked in student life at Westmont College for seven years. He then went on to earn a California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, a Social Sciences Credential, and Bilingual Certificate of Competency. During his 17-year teaching career he was distinguished in 2007 as an Outstanding Educator in Santa Barbara County specializing in ancient cultures and earth sciences, and in 2009 was selected as the tri-county Geology Teacher of the Year by Coast Geological Survey. In 2010 Marty left regular classroom teaching in order to direct Santa Barbara A Rocha, a Christian conservation organization. This involved educational outreach, practical environmental science, community outreach, and the supervision of the Five Loaves Farm, a 3-acre organic farm committed to growing top quality produce donated free of charge to the hungry poor of Santa Barbara. The farm now operates independently as the Good Dirt Farm. It was at this same time that Marty started working with Praevium Research taking on the tasks of cleanroom processing, device testing and research, IT, and office management. Marty continues to work with groups of students to do hands-on environmental science, having run numerous summer Creation Care Camps over the past three years and a watershed science class with the Santa Barbara Charter Home Based Partnership.