Our team is dynamic and diverse with backgrounds stemming from consulting, engineering, sales, education, marketing and data science. We are all here because we believe that access to the Internet is a requirement for access to opportunity.
Greer is a member of the District team, working directly with school districts to find connectivity solutions that meet the digital learning needs of their students.
Prior to working with EducationSuperHighway, Greer was an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she supported public sector clients across a variety of areas, including telecommunications and grants management. She also spent a summer as an Education Pioneers fellow with the Charter School Growth Fund.Outside of work, you can find her hanging with her dog (and husband), listening to podcasts, and searching for flat parts of the city to run. Greer holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University and a MBA from Chicago Booth.
For the past ten years, Tim has been living and breathing government affairs and public policy work on behalf of some familiar technology brands such as Lyft, Spin, and Gopuff. He likes to read, write, and listen to all types of music. Tim occasionally dabbles in digital art, and enjoys rooting for his hometown team - the San Francisco Giants.
Alejandra is the Call Center Manager at EducationSuperHighway. She brings over 15 years of experience to develop the Call Center for the Broadband Adoption Team to provide support for unconnected homes. She promotes empathy, advocacy, and knowledge for all customer interactions and looks forward to applying them in the development of this call center.
In her free time, she enjoys going to local music events, cross-stitching, and hanging out with her cats.
Kat is EducationSuperHighway’s Data Science and Analytics Manager and works to elevate data science practice and ensure analyses are performed and delivered as impactful insights to our partners and policymakers.
Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Kat was a Data Scientist at Veritas creating predictive models on customer churn and sales, and created natural language processing models at Elastica (now Symantec), and taught as instructional staff at UC Berkeley Extension Data Analytics Boot Camp. Before transitioning as a Data Scientist, Kat started as a public school high school teacher and was a non-profit director leading programs helping low-income students prepare and succeed in their higher education pursuits. Kat graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.S. in Physics and from Galvanize/University of New Haven with an M.S. in Data Science.
Aidan is an adoption team intern at EducationSuperHighway, working to increase the awareness and adoption of the Affordable Connectivity Program by researching and documenting state requirements for proof of eligibility. Prior to working with EducationSuperHighway, Aidan studied at Chapman University where he completed his Bachelor's in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and a minor in Data Analytics. Outside of work, Aidan enjoys photography, concerts and exploring local cafes and coffee shops.
Catherine is EducationSuperHighway’s Community Outreach Coordinator on the Apartment Wi-Fi team. Her primary function is to build relationships with apartment building owner groups and provide free Wi-Fi access to tenants who are impacted by the digital divide.
Catherine brings a variety of skills from her previous non-profit experience including fundraising, advocacy, and educational workshop facilitation. She volunteers for an organization that provides services to the transgender and gender nonconforming community on Long Island, New York. Catherine received her BS in Human Services with a minor in Psychology from St. Joseph’s College. In her free time, Catherine enjoys crocheting gifts for her loved ones and spending time with her partner.
As a Software Developer, Lucy architects, develops solutions, and ships frontend features for web applications with service design in mind. These applications aid in strategically advancing EducationSuperHighway’s mission of equitable broadband access for all.Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Lucy worked in finance as a Private Banker for Morgan Stanley. Outside of work, Lucy enjoys exploring the world and honing her culinary skills. Lucy is an honors graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a BA in Economics.
Aysha Dos (she/her/ella) is the Chief of Staff at EducationSuperHighway. In this role, she leads the non-profit’s strategic planning, company effectiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, and talent development.
Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Aysha worked in higher education as an educator facilitating leadership development, transition programs, and student advocacy. Outside of work, Aysha spends her free time traveling, reading, cooking, and exploring her city with her family. She earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Georgia, a Master of Science in Higher Education: Student Affairs from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Florida.
As the Operations Manager, Tara keeps our office running day to day and is passionate about creating an excellent employee experience. Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Tara worked in various industries ranging from hospitality to tech to financial services. When she is not working, you can find Tara trying a new recipe or on a yoga mat.
Marcela is the Community Engagement Manager at Education Superhighway. She is passionate about the education sector and leveling the playing field for underserved students. She strongly believes in the power of cross sector partnerships and enjoys working with people of diverse backgrounds.
Previously, Marcela was the Manager of Community Engagement at Rocketship Education in the East Bay Region. In this role she was responsible for harnessing the support of the community, from families to political influencers, to promote the approval and launch a new school to serve the Monument Corridor families.
Marcela holds an MBA/MA in Education Leadership from Mills College and a BA in Biology from the same institution. During her free time she enjoys baking and spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 children.
Torri is a Marketing Manager at EducationSuperHighway. She comes with an array of experience in communications and community outreach, but the most impactful time spent in her career to date has been teaching in the classroom. In her most recent role at DC Water, she was responsible for managing strategic K-12 partnerships and community stakeholder engagement through the Office of Marketing & Communications.
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Torri is a proud HBCU graduate holding a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from Xavier University of New Orleans, Louisiana.
In her free time, Torri enjoys travel, writing, crafting, and thrifting.
As a Strategic Account Manager, Julian works to manage relationships with Internet Service Providers to help improve internet access for K-12 students across the country. Working to create more equity in education has been at the core of Julian’s career.
Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Julian worked as an ESL teacher and as a Partnership Manager/Account Manager for education technology startups. Outside of work, you can find Julian on the soccer field, biking through San Francisco, and searching for the best sushi restaurant.
Sean is the Apartment Wi-Fi Program Director at EducationSuperHighway. He leads the team in developing a vision for how managed Wi-Fi networks can be deployed in underserved apartment communities while creating and executing a strategy for scaling the Apartment Wi-Fi program nationally. Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Sean spent almost 20 years in the telecommunications industry with Sprint and Lumen Technologies. Most recently, he was responsible for launching property-wide Wi-Fi into new, highly competitive markets and securing multi-million dollar MDU contracts with building owners and developers. Sean holds a B.S. Business Management and MBA, both from the University of Phoenix. Outside of work, you can find him enjoying the outdoors, playing soccer, on the golf course, or traveling with his wife and two kids.
As Senior Program Director, Ellen leads the strategic partnerships team, focusing on building relationships with a diverse set of partners that can act as trusted messengers to support unconnected households with accessing resources and support to get online.
Ellen is passionate about digital equity and brings extensive expertise in program, people, and relationship management. Ellen holds a B.A. from Northwestern University.
In her Strategic Partnerships & Legal Counsel role, Marra partners with state and community leaders to identify solutions to connect K-12 students at home, and promotes data privacy protection across ESH’s partnerships with states, school districts, and internet service providers.
Marra’s prior work in education includes directing graduate LL.M. programs at St. John’s University School of Law where she also taught as an adjunct professor; and running study abroad programs University wide for a diverse and high financial need student population. Prior to joining St. John’s, Marra dedicated five years to promoting international human rights and corporate social responsibility with community based NGOs on the Thailand-Burma border, and in New York through innovative grant making and advocacy at the United Nations and country level. Marra started her career as a corporate attorney advising tech clients at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Marra has lived, worked, and studied in Thailand, Spain, and Israel. She holds a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Outside of work you can find Marra hiking, biking, or walking along the Brooklyn waterfront.
Sophia is returning to EducationSuperHighway after having been the State Engagement Manager and State Engagement Director.
She served as the Director, Business Utilization and Business Development Director for an infrastructure engineering firm where she mobilized the small business program for a $1.3 transportation project and managed government/private sector engagements. Prior to joining that firm, she was an investment banker and municipal financial advisor to federal, state, and local entities, completing over $2 billion in project financing transactions.
She was the Attorney Advisory to the Deputy Mayor for Finance and the District of Columbia Treasurer. As the Treasurer she was responsible for issuing over $1.8 billion in long-term general obligation bonds and $1 billion in short-term notes to finance/refinance capital projects. She also advised the executive on federal and local regulatory issues.
She has over 34 years of community relations, government management, small business, finance, housing, new business development, and transportation experience.
She is an attorney, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center.
As a Strategic Partnership Manager at EducationSuperHighway, she works with district leaders and community stakeholders across the nation to help connect their K-12 students who lack broadband at home.
Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Karmin-Tia served as a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer and worked in broadcast journalism as a television producer. In 2011 she joined the staff of City Year San Antonio, where she developed and managed partnerships with school administration and community leaders and would later serve as the founding Start Up-Director of City Year Inc.’s 28thsite, City Year Memphis. After returning to Texas, she joined KIPP Texas Public Schools supervising all non-academic school-based functions as the Regional Director of School Operations. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, she joined Education Pioneers as a COVID Response Fellow to support school systems facing the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic.
As a millennial who has found inspiration through mentorship and service to others, Karmin-Tia Greer uses her strengths, voice, and love for serving others to align with her desire to make a difference in her community.
Jessalyn is a Director of Marketing at EducationSuperHighway. She comes to the organization with more than 10 years of experience designing data-driven marketing strategies and implementing successful multi-channel campaigns. In her most recent role as Director of Enrollment Marketing at the University of Miami, she led all marketing and communications efforts to prospective students and families.
A native of Miami, Florida, Jessalyn holds a B.A. in communications and masters in Liberal Studies from the University of Miami. Outside of work, Jessalyn is a sociable introvert with a love for travel, art, music, and oysters.
Michael is a Data Analyst on the Analytics team, working to support various branches of the organization with key data insights.Before coming to EducationSuperHighway, Michael developed math curriculum for Success Academy Charter schools in New York City and taught high school math in Nampa, Idaho, as a Teach for America corps Member. He holds an M.A. from Boise State University in Curriculum & Instruction and a B.A. from Northwestern University in Math and Philosophy.Outside of work, Michael enjoys climbing, ultimate frisbee, and playing guitar.
Thomas is City General Manager on EducationSuperHighway's Apartment Wi-Fi team. He is responsible for coordinating resources across internal and external teams to connect households in apartment buildings to high-speed broadband.
Before joining EducationSuperHighway, Thomas worked in the Telecommunications industry for several years, most recently working for the NYC Department of IT and Telecommunications. He holds a BA in Economics from Tulane University.
Thomas volunteers at the American Red Cross and Tutoring Chicago in his free time and enjoys trying all the different slices of pizza in NYC.
Andy leads EducationSuperHighway's marketing and communications initiatives, raising awareness of our tools and programs and driving our key audiences and strategic partners to action. Andy has nearly 20 years of experience leading marketing, communications, and fundraising teams in NGOs and nonprofits in the U.S. and U.K.
With a strong emphasis on digital and customer engagement, Andy has extensive experience developing multi-channel marketing and communication campaigns for critical social issues such as education, poverty eradication, social and economic justice. Andy holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of York and is certified by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Payton is the Government Affairs & Research Intern at EducationSuperHighway. Payton has experience in criminal legal reform policy from private, non-profit, and government sectors. Most recently, she worked as a Policy Intern at The Bail Project, crafting bail reform to ensure equal justice and better outcomes for vulnerable communities. She also previously worked on strengthening community networks and resources, creating campaigns for the District Attorney’s Office of Athens, and crafting police reform policy. Payton currently attends the University of Georgia, pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration and Policy (MPA) after completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology. In her free time, Payton enjoys going to local concerts at the Georgia Theatre, hiking trails in North Georgia, and playing with her cat, Binx.
AJ is a Marketing Manager at EducationSuperHighway. She joins the organization with over 7 years of collegiate marketing and outreach experience. Her background includes management of campus life initiatives, facilitating a for-credit course on student success, major event planning, and campaign development for wellbeing programs. In her most recent role at UNC Charlotte, she was responsible for the content creation and communication strategy of the Health & Wellbeing unit.A native of Galax, Virginia, AJ is a proud ’Hoo holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary.In her free time, AJ enjoys going on adventures with her family, playing with her two dogs, reading, and painting for fun.
Jack is the Chief Operating Officer at EducationSuperHighway. Prior to serving in this role, Jack led EducationSuperHighway’s State Engagement Team, responsible for building partnerships with leaders in state government to help them improve broadband connectivity for K-12 schools. Outside of ESH, Jack volunteers for a nonprofit, community-based internet service provider in Baltimore, MD.
He began his career as a hardware engineer at Cisco Systems but was driven to make a career change by a strong belief in the power of Internet access to advance opportunity. Jack holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Jen is a Software Engineer at EducationSuperhighway, focused on accessibility and usability. She is excited every day to bring her over 10 years of experience to use technology to create equity and close the digital divide for more and more folks. When not coding, Jen can be found with her partner and her dogs hiking in the Pacific Northwest.
Bree is a Strategic Partnerships Manager at EducationSuperHighway and brings her partnership management background and a passionate dedication to equal educational opportunity and access to help support and scale ESH’s Broadband Adoption Program. Most recently, as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Madison Metropolitan School District, she was tasked with aligning the support of community organizations with the district’s goals and priorities.
She has also worked for United Way of Dane County as Assistant Director of Strategic Collaborations and as Director of Community Impact – Academic Success, managing K-12 academic programming, funding and partnerships, and monitoring and evaluating programmatic outcomes. She has an MS in Global Affairs from NYU and a BA from Franklin and Marshall College in PA with Government and Spanish majors and an International Affairs concentration.
Although Natalia has taken an unconventional path into Graphic Design she has been able to gather many skills that strengthens her as a designer. She holds a Bachelor in Social Work, which has instilled the power of listening and communication, and gave her the ability to be a strong visual communicator. Shortly after moving to California, she changed career paths into a creative Marketing role. Marketing has helped her to understand the importance of brand identity, the customer journey, the power of data and analytics, and how design plays a huge role in all of that. She finally followed her true passion into design where she has the ability to design through a marketing perspective and deliver great results, designs with the customer in mind, and loves collaborating with others to make sure the design is brought to life effectively. Graphic design has always been a therapeutic outlet for her. She loves getting lost in the design process and seeing it through from start to finish. She is a sucker for great typography and loves collaborating with client’s to bring their vision to life.
Evan Marwell is Founder and CEO of EducationSuperHighway, the leading non-profit focused on closing the digital divide in America’s most unconnected communities. In eight years, EducationSuperHighway closed the digital divide in America’s K-12 schools – connecting nearly 47 million students in 99.7% of America’s classrooms to high-speed broadband. To accomplish this, Evan secured commitments from 85 governors from all 50 states to upgrade their schools for the 21st century and $2.5 billion per year of federal funding to make these commitments a reality.
A recipient of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Visionary of the Year award and a serial entrepreneur, Evan launched companies over the last 25 years in the telecom, software, and hedge fund industries. Evan is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, board chair of myAgro, a board member at Direct Relief and Recidiviz, and a co-founder of Ignite! Reading, a Zoom-based K-3 reading tutoring program.
Gabriela is a Data Analyst who joined ESH as part of the Data Science and Analytics team.
At ESH, she is looking to use her academic background in a mission close to her heart that will impact her community.
She has an educational background in Physics and Mathematics and experience as Researcher in Astrophysics. Previously she worked as Math and Physics Instructor at Hartnell College in California and at UIC College Prep in Chicago.
Adeyinka focuses on developing and executing the policy strategy while bringing together the right coalition of champions to accomplish our mission to close the broadband affordability gap. Prior to joining Education SuperHighway, Adeyinka spent several years at Comcast where she was responsible for local legislative grassroots advocacy with regional government affairs teams and building partnerships with community-based organizations to close the digital divide. Outside of work, Adeyinka is active in several non-profits and currently serves as Board President of The Arc Prince George’s County - an organization that supports people with developmental disabilities and their families. Adeyinka received her B.A. Government from Georgetown University and J.D. from Howard University School of Law.
Grace is a Program Manager with the Broadband Adoption Team at EducationSuperHighway. Grace enjoys working with stakeholders to identify their vision, then bring that vision to life. In her previous work, Grace facilitated strategic planning, program implementation and led various events and trainings. She hopes to utilize those experiences in this new role. Her driving force in her career is to ensure equitable access to opportunities in different communities.
As a Software Engineer, Zack helps to develop the internal and consumer-facing software that helps EducationSuperHighway to achieve its goals of closing the digital divide in America. Zack has worked as a software engineer in various companies throughout the years such as Nike and Azlo, and specializes in building scalable cloud-based backend applications. When he isn't coding, he likes to play music and spend time with his cats Smoothie and Finn, and his dog Egg.
Candy is a senior data scientist at Education SuperHighway. She is passionate to discover the treasure of the mess and unstructured information to provide useful information and insight to help people make data-driven decisions.
Her research interests also include survey design, statistical modeling in educational research and achievement of “at risk” students. She worked on program evaluation, reporting, and research in school district and higher education for almost 10 years. Candy received her Ph.D in Educational Psychology and holds a B.S. in Mathematics and M.S. in Statistics.
Morgan Pickens is EducationSuperHighway’s People Operations Manager. As the People Operations Manager, Morgan oversees and supports employee engagement, productivity, and works to create a positive employee experience.
As a former inner-city high school educator, Morgan is extremely passionate and excited about EducationSuperHighway’s mission. Morgan earned her B.B.A. in International Business from UofH and her M.B.A. in Human Resource Management from LSU. Go Coogs! Geaux Tigers!
In her spare time, Morgan enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling to foreign countries & trying traditional dishes, tutoring students with special abilities, and learning foreign languages.
As the National Partnerships Manager, Hunter is a part of the Apartment Wi-Fi team responsible for cultivating and developing relationships with organizations that will enable our Apartment Wi-Fi program to expand and succeed on a national level.
Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Hunter was the Senior Director – Xfinity Communities (Comcast) in the Mid-Atlantic Region. She was responsible for the creation of the Regions “New Build” program designed to ensure on-time delivery of services in all New Build Multi-Dwelling Units (MDU). Her team was also responsible for negotiating contracts for new and existing MDU properties and promoting property-wide Managed Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Ready solutions to meet the growing needs of property owners. Prior to Comcast, Hunter spent over 20 years in telecommunications assisting businesses to design and implement wide-area voice and data solutions to meet the growing needs of her customers.
Outside of work, Hunter is a very active member of the Chesapeake Bay boating community and enjoys poking around in all the nooks and crannies the Bay has to offer.
Katherine works with school districts and community partners to design and implement outreach programs that help students access digital learning. She’s excited about finding creative and collaborative methods to make sure that students and their families can utilize the resources needed to fully engage in their education. Her background is in political and community organizing and she believes strongly in the transformative power of well organized communities to build equitable and inclusive futures. When she’s not working, she is usually reading or trying to keep up with her dog on runs.
Scott is Director of Government Affairs and Policy at EducationSuperHighway. He comes to ESH with years of government affairs and policy experience spanning the private, non-profit, and government sectors. Scott comes to ESH from KIPP Foundation where he was responsible for managing KIPP's K-12 federal policy and advocating and building coalitions with Congressional offices and third parties focused on improving outcomes and opportunities for K-12 public school students. Scott was also responsible for managing an array of programs focused on elevating the voices of historically under-represented communities through civic participation.
A native of South Carolina, Scott attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina receiving a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.
In his free time, Scott enjoys watching Clemson football, spending time with friends, and working on his swing at the driving range. Scott currently lives in Washington, DC.
Tania comes to us most recently from their role as a Community Organizer with El Tímpano and as Programs and Communications Associate with youth centered Chapter 510, both rooted in Oakland.
Prior to this, Tania worked as a Data Analyst for the CA Department of Public Health and as a Reader for Poetry Magazine. Tania brings her commitment to accessibility and community vibrancy to grow Broadband Adoption in a manner that reflects and unfolds all connectivity has to offer.
Megan is a Data Analyst who delivers impactful insights to support the team at EducationSuperHighway. She believes data is a vital tool that can be used to bring understanding and support critical decisions that help eliminate the broadband affordability gap. She has previously worked at Pearson Education and has a B.S. in Political Science from Arizona State University and an M.S. in Data Science from Southern Methodist University.
Erin is a Program Manager with the Broadband Adoption Team at EducationSuperHighway. Erin brings her background in program management, strategic planning facilitation, and experience in higher education to her role.
In her previous work at GreenerU and at Brown University, Erin facilitated strategic planning, led reporting efforts and data collection, built community engagement programming and tools, and led education efforts. Before her time at Brown, she worked in energy management at Johnson & Wales University and volunteered as an Agroforestry Extension Agent in Senegal, West Africa, with the Peace Corps. Erin also co-founded a service dog nonprofit in her hometown and has volunteered for a variety of initiatives to support community members and increase awareness of available educational, sustainability, and wellness services.
Erin has a BA in Government and Environmental Studies from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Brian helps school districts with their technical issues. He makes sure that districts have access to all of the valuable resources and tools necessary for them to optimally run their networks.
Brian has over 15 years of experience designing, building, operating, and troubleshooting networks of all sizes in various parts of the world. These days, he’s glad that he doesn’t spend his days in data centers anymore.
Stephanie is part of the Oakland Wi-Fi team, tasked with being the program’s point person, coordinating resources across internal and external teams to connect households in apartment buildings to high-speed broadband. Prior to joining EducationSuperHighway, Stephanie worked extensively with community associations in a variety of roles, where she honed her customer service, mediation, negotiation, budgeting and project management skills. She furthered her management and logistics acumen while working for Doctors Without Borders (MSF,) as Field Logistician and still volunteers for them as Bay Area Co-Hub leader for the MSF association. She earned a B.S. in Biology from CSU Hayward, now known as CSU East Bay and used her degree as a field biologist for an ecological study in the Negev Desert and later taught a year of High School Biology in OUSD. When not working, she loves going for hikes and listening to podcasts.
As Strategic Partnerships Manager, Eliza partners with local government and state leaders, trusted institutions, and national organizations to identify solutions to connecting households left offline by the broadband affordability gap.
Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Eliza spent her career in the advocacy world running legislative, communications, and fundraising campaigns. Her favorite part of her job is helping partners make their digital equity goals a reality.
Shawna is a Strategic Partnerships Manager, working with local leaders to develop affordable broadband initiatives for their communities. She started her career as a 9th grade science teacher in Oklahoma City, where her students became her favorite people and her motivation to break down systemic barriers that prevent students from having full access to opportunities. She comes to ESH with a variety of experiences in education, community organizing, program management, and advocacy. Most recently, she worked with Chicago Public Schools to build and execute on a truancy intervention program.
When not working, Shawna is listening to podcasts, exploring Chicago, cooking, and playing board games with her partner.
Joelle serves the Apartment Wi-Fi team as the Community Impact Manager where she manages the Community Impact team and leads ESH's outreach efforts.
Joelle has spent her career serving students in crisis and underserved populations globally through study abroad programs, residential education, diversity, equity & inclusion training and workplace well-being consulting. In 2020 she founded her own company which aims to increase employee well-being through community care. As a long-term Grey’s Anatomy fan she wakes up every morning to the mantra, “It’s a beautiful day to change lives” Outside of work, Joelle enjoys exploring new cities on foot, hiking or leading yoga sculpt classes at Corepower Yoga.
Joelle has her BA in Political Science & Social Studies Education from West Chester University and her Masters in International Transcultural Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Eric's mission is to help maximize human freedoms through the equitable access to information. This mission began after venturing out of the lab as a computer programmer to understand the social impact behind the technology he was building. In pursuit of his mission before arriving at EducationSuperHighway, Eric has managed the deployment of sustainable computing solutions in Ethiopia and Cameroon and led internet infrastructure projects in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana.
You can find Eric hiking among California's ecotones or jamming with his life partner on various musical instruments.