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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees, as provided by the revised Articles of Incorporation, consists of a maximum of 33 people and a minimum of 13, of whom the majority must be members of the Religious Society of Friends. Members of the Board are appointed for four-year terms, with a limit of three successive terms. Each year faculty and student representatives meet with the Board on a regular basis.

All corporate power and authority is vested in and exercised by or under the direction of the Board of Trustees. The Board meets in plenary session three or four times a year. Interim meetings of the Executive Committee are held as needed, usually bi-monthly.

Officers of the Board are Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary. Standing committees include: Executive (the officers and committee chairs), Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, Financial Affairs, College Advancement, Student Affairs, Trusteeship and Buildings and Grounds. Ad hoc committees are set up from time to time and trustees are frequently asked to serve on task forces that consider particular problems or areas of College operations.


Peggy J. Sturdivant, Chair

In 1982, began her professional career in the higher education field as the Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Wilmington College. In 1987, joined the Cincinnati ATP Championship (now the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati) as the Marketing and Ticket Manager. In 1991, started independent business consulting in the areas of marketing, budgeting and operations, with specialty being the use of technology solutions to enhance systems and increase efficiency. Consulted exclusively with the Oral Care R&D group at Procter & Gamble from 1997 – 2012, then retired at the end of 2012. B.A. from Wilmington College, and an MBA degree from Xavier University

Richard SidwellRichard Sidwell, Vice Chair

Birthright member of Middleton Ohio Friends Meeting (Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends, Conservative).  Head of School, Olney Friends School (2003-2011); Business Manager, Olney Friends School (1999-2003); Self-employed co-owner of Sidwell Division, Raven Rocks Concrete, Beallsville OH (1975-1999). Co-Founder and Treasurer of Raven Rocks, Inc. a 1250 acre wilderness preserve and alternative energy demonstration center near Beallsville, OH (1970-Present).  Founding and current President of the Barnesville Area Rails to Trails Committee; Past President and member of the Barnesville Rotary Club. Other board service: Ohio Association of Independent Schools; Friends Council on Education; Barnesville Blue Ribbon Economic Development Committee; and current Executive Director of Captina Conservancy Land Trust. 1968 B.A. (History and Secondary Education) graduate of Wilmington College; While at Wilmington was a Work-Study participant (Randall Auto parts), Soccer player, residence Hall counselor, and scholarship recipient.

Renee LaPine

G. Renee LaPine, Treasurer

Former President and CEO of Equipment Management Service and Repair, Inc. (EMSAR, Inc.) from 2005-January 2019 when the company was sold and previously served as CFO from the company’s inception in 1993 until 2005. EMSAR is a nationwide franchise organization providing service and installation support to a variety of medical device manufacturers. LaPine accepted a position with Ferno Group in August 2019, she serves the company as global COO/CFO. Ferno is an international leader in the manufacture and sell of patient handling equipment and other devices used in emergency medical services. She obtained her B.A. degree from Wilmington College. Currently serving on the Clinton County Business Advisory Council for the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, the Clinton County Port Authority Board and the Clinton County Joint Recreation District Board.


William D. Shoecraft, Secretary

President/CEO and Founder of Did You Know Publishing, Inc. Other companies employed by: Franchisee Operator (PCR) Personal Computer Rental, Standard Register Company, Dayton Black Press, Dayton Daily News, Wyoming City Council. Some professional/volunteer experiences: Camp Kern Management Board, Recreation Commission, Streets and Roads Committee, New St. John Baptist Church Board of Trustee Chair, Public Safety Committee, Green Areas Committee, Youth Basketball Coach, Chair Robert Flowers Scholarship Committee, Chair NSJ Long Range Planning Committee, Dayton Public Schools Partners in Education Steering Committee, Whittier Community Education Council, Organizer Career Day, Co-Chair Whittier Green Leaf Award, Co-Founder of Resurrection Summer Basketball Camp, Co-Founder Food For Friends, Founder of LunchTime Mentoring Program. William D. Shoecraft received his B.A. Business Administration from Wilmington College 1979.

Henry FreemanHenry B. Freeman, Assistant Secretary

Retired since December, 2018. Founder and former President of H. Freeman Associates, a fundraising and organizational development consulting firm serving clients throughout North America; active Friend (Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting); former vice president for institutional advancement at Earlham College; director of major gifts at The University of Michigan and executive director of Dwight Hall at Yale University. In addition he has served on over 25 non-profit boards in the course of his career and taught non-profit management both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. A graduate of Wofford College, Henry’s academic credentials include a Masters of Divinity from Yale and the Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Michigan where his dissertation on the impact of academic scholarships on college choice received national recognition at the 1984 annual meeting of the American Association of Higher Education and academic honors at the University. Henry is the author of Unlacing the Heart: Connecting with what really matters and a frequent guest speaker on organizational development and fundraising strategies.

Sid MishkinSidney Mishkin, Life Trustee

Wilmington College graduate and second Wilmington College Life Trustee. Retired partner in the Mishkin & Duvall law firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior professional affiliations include the Indiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Active member of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. Author of “The Unvarnished Torah: Observations, Questions and Answers Of A Jewish Lawyer.” 2015 Inductee into the Hall of Excellence of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges.

Brent BillBrent Bill

Brent is a writer, photographer, retreat leader, writing coach, and Quaker minister. He’s written and co-written many books including Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality and Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker. He’s also penned more than one hundred articles and short stories. A graduate of Wilmington College and the Earlham School of Religion, he’s served as a local church pastor, director of Christian Education for Western Yearly Meeting, on the staff of the Indiana Association of United Ways, an adjunct faculty member at Earlham School of Religion, the executive vice president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, and associate secretary for Friends General Conference. Over the years, Brent has served on the boards or committees of various Quaker organizations including Friends World Committee for Consultation – Section of the Americas and Friends United Meeting, Quaker Haven Camp, Indiana Yearly Meeting, and Western Yearly Meeting. Brent lives on Ploughshares Farm, which is fifty acres of Indiana farmland that is being reclaimed for native hardwood forests and warm season prairie grasses.

Daniel BuckleyDaniel J. Buckley

Dan recently retired as a senior trial lawyer and partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease in Cincinnati. His practice was principally complex litigation, business litigation, and estate and trust litigation, with significant underlying jury experience. He is a member of the Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been listed in Chambers USA since its inception. Dan is and has been consistently listed by Super Lawyers among the top 100 lawyers in Ohio and is in the top 10 for 2019. He is a founding member of the “Bet the Company” section of the Best Lawyers in America and has twice been named as “Bet the Company Lawyer of the Year.” One source interviewed by Chambers USA described Dan as a “fantastic advocate, who doesn’t waste time or make things personal.” Dan is a recipient of the University of Cincinnati College of Law Distinguished Alumni Award, has served on the law school’s Board of Visitors for many years, and taught trial skills as an adjunct professor for 15 years, having received the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. His first position upon graduation from law school was law clerk to Senior United States Judge Julius J. Hoffman. He has studied law in England and Scotland, and recently served on the Ohio Civil Justice Task Force to examine and recommend changes in the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure. He is the immediate past president of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati.

Tim BurenTimothy A. Buren

Tim Buren began his professional career in 1983 after graduating from Wilmington College of Ohio with a BA in Business Administration. Joining his Father and one staff person in what was known then as Barnard Insurance from West Salem, Ohio. Tim began to understand firsthand the life as an independent agent. His entrepreneurial spirit fueled their agency to grow, and their vision centered on nurturing and developing the key relationships with customers, staff and carriers. Over time, he summoned his brother Jeff from the banking industry to partner in managing agency operations and changed the name to honor their Father, Don, to The Buren Insurance Group Inc. Due to continued growth, they now employ 32 Associates over 4 locations. Tim’s largest focus now is working with agencies all over Ohio and the surrounding states to help them grow their revenue, build their agency and perpetuate their life’s work. Tim has also earned a Certified Insurance Counselor designation as well as a certificate from the College of Financial Planning. He currently serves as a Trustee at Wilmington College and has served on numerous insurance company advisory boards. Tim resides in Galena, Ohio, with his wife Sharon and they have 2 daughters, Brooklyn and Olivia.

Daniel Smith-ChristopherDaniel Smith-Christopher

Daniel Smith-Christopher is a Quaker from Portland, Oregon, and maintains membership at Reedwood Friends. Named one of the “pioneering scholars” in T. Palmer’s: A Long Road: How Quakers Made Sense of God and the Bible (2018), Daniel also served with Quaker Peace & Service (UK) in Israel/Palestine from 1986 to 1988, and maintains an active interest in peace and justice issues connected to minority and indigenous peoples. Daniel is currently Professor of Old Testament at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he has taught for 32 years, receiving numerous teaching awards. Committed to ecumenical relations, he served for a term on the Theological Commission of the Archdiocese of LA, and is a frequent teacher in the “Catholic Bible Institute”, as well as teaching in United Methodist, Presbyterian, as well as Quaker education programs. Daniel has written and edited over 14 books and 45 academic articles, including commentaries on the Biblical books of

Micah (OTL), Daniel (NIBC), Esdras (Fortress), and Ezra-Nehemiah (Oxford), and his Old Testament textbook (Ave Maria Press) is approved by the American Bishops for Catholic High Schools. He also served as Director of Peace Studies at LMU (2000-2015), and edited: Subverting Hatred: The Challenge of Nonviolence in World Religions (10th Anniversary edition, 2007). Since 2006, Daniel has led summer academic programs in Aotearoa/New Zealand with a strong emphasis on Maori indigenous history and culture, working closely there with the Maori Anglican Archbishop. Daniel attended G.F.U. (B.A.); Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (M.Div., Indiana) and his D.Phil. in Old Testament Studies at Oxford University (UK), in 1986. Daniel is married to Zsa Zsa Christopher, and they have two grown children, son Jordan, and daughter Sydney.

Aaron DeNuAaron DeNu

Aaron is a nonprofit entrepreneur with over 15 years of leadership experience and extensive event and operational management experience. He pulls from his interdisciplinary background of computer science, anthropology, and history when maintaining client relationships, building communication strategies, and addressing broader corporate concerns. He has initiated international partnerships with Diplomatic Missions to the U.S. including the Embassy of Germany, Embassy of Ireland, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Belgium, Embassy of Finland, and the Delegation of the European Union. Aaron received the 2013 President’s Volunteer Service Award from the White House and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. In 2011, he was recognized by The George Washington University Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service for “Staff Excellence in Exemplary Service to the Community”, and in 2010, he was recognized by the Washington, DC Advisory Neighborhood Commission for “Outstanding Work in Building a Better Community.” Not to mention his previous TiERl awards – High­Performance Employee of the Year and Outstanding Project Award. He is also nationally recognized for several publicly hosted arts and cultural projects in Washington, DC. Aaron played 4 years of soccer at Wilmington College and was on the academic all-state team. He’s held his Division I high school all-time goal scoring record since 1997, and was inducted into his high school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.

Elizabeth GarveyElizabeth J. Garvey

Birthright Quaker; resident of southeast Michigan; WC graduate (‘65): English, psychology, religion, secondary education; 2 masters’ degrees, Michigan State University: 2015 recipient, WC’s John Frazier Award for Distinguished Volunteer Services; PAC; active in multiple community organizations: Salvation Army, Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ), P.E.O. and my church; had weekly radio program 15.5 years; private tutor, 27 years; presenter of legacy-building sessions for women; financial supporter of scholarship programs locally, nationally and especially at WC; teaching career: secondary & college levels, as well as in a high-security juvenile prison; world traveler for missions and adventure travel; passion for volunteer service locally & worldwide; Girl Scout leader & trainer; motivational speaker; prison ministry of restoration and reconciliation for incarcerated parents and their children; 2 adult children who are married with families.

Jeremiah Guappone

Jeremiah Guappone

A lifelong Ohioan and technology professional, Jeremiah has a devotion to the Liberal Arts. Raised on a family farm in rural Northeastern Ohio, by parents who own & operate two local businesses, he is very familiar with country life and the hard work that is required to send a child to college. Jeremiah attended Ohio Dominican University in Columbus Ohio, where he was a first-generation college graduate on one side of his family. Jeremiah was graduated in May of 2010 with a degree in Computer Information Systems, and minors in Philosophy and Business Administration. During his time in undergraduate school, Jeremiah learned the great importance of a holistic college experience, which encourages students to succeed not only academically but also on the sports field, on the theatre stage, and in other extra-curricular activities. Jeremiah is convinced that this type of college experience will build a well-rounded individual who is better equipped to succeed in a global society.

Jeremiah currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is the Senior Director of Operations & Business Development for Data Genomix. Data Genomix is an award-winning marketing technology company that brings targeting, analytics, and demonstrable results to industries such as political advertising, civil actions, recruiting, as well as B2C & B2B sales cycles. DG executes digital marketing, conversion, and outreach campaigns with rigorous measurement. From strategy & data modeling to media buying & analytics, DG is the pinnacle of hyper-targeted, person-based advertising. He was previously with BrandMuscle, an SaaS industry leader in Brand-to-One & distributive marketing. Jeremiah is a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in South Euclid. He is also a Board Member of Playhouse Square Partners, a young professional group that supports the preforming arts in Cleveland and in a particular way elementary schools that have a majority of students below the opportunity divide, to provide theatre programs & education.

Marcy HawleyMarcy Hawley

Marcy is co-owner and publisher of Orange Frazer Press, Inc., an independent book publisher in its thirty-third year that serves a local, regional, and international author and client base. The company has won numerous awards for their product quality along with kudos from clients ranging from nonprofit organizations to universities to Fortune 500 companies. From 2009 through 2015 she was a member, then vice chair, then board chair of Clinton County’s Clinton Memorial Hospital during which time she was integral in facilitating its sale (and thus its survival) to Regional Health Care Partners (Nashville, Tennessee). Marcy’s local interest in Wilmington’s downtown development has included purchasing and renovating four Main Street buildings, co-managing the Murphy Theatre in the early 90s, and serving fifteen years on the Downtown Community Improvement Corporation. She also served fifteen years on Wilmington City Schools Diversity Committee. Her degree is in education from The Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio, an institution she chose from one thousand miles away, thinking it would be the perfect place for her 1960s activist mindset. While that notion was quickly dispelled, her passion for education and social justice was not.

Pam McCoyPamela K. McCoy

Birthright Quaker. Over 35 years of experience in branding and the creative development and leadership of marketing and communications campaigns. Past roles have included Product Development Officer to Executive Director of Marketing and Marketing Communications for employers in the financial, high-tech, higher education, and healthcare sectors. Past employers include Battelle Memorial Institute (a $6.5 billion research and development firm), Foster School of Business (a 100 year old, highly ranked public business school at the University of Washington), Milliman Care Guidelines (a $100M evidence-based medical guidelines and software firm), Philips Medical System (an $8B international medical imaging systems manufacturer with 32,500 employees), Telecommunications Systems, Inc. (a $92M global wireless communications organization), several high-tech startups, and First Interstate Bank. Graduate of Westtown Friends School (1971), Lake Forest College (BA in 1975) and Seattle University (MPA in 1978).

Jonathan McKayJonathan C. McKay

Jonathan is a Birthright Quaker and a lifelong resident of Clinton County. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio Dominican University where he majored in History and minor in Political Science. Many relatives of Jonathan’s have attended Wilmington College since its founding, from both the McKay side and his mother’s side, the Folands. Jonathan is also very active in Wilmington; he is a member of Wilmington City Council, Trustee of Wilmington Friends Meeting, Member of the Antique Power Club, ex officio member of the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission, Past-President of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and sits on many other boards in various capacities. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys working with his antique tractor collection and spending time outside.

Evans NwankwoEvans Nwankwo

Evans was born in northern Nigeria, the seventh of 13 children. His family was nearly killed in, and subsequently uprooted by, Nigeria’s civil war in the late 1960’s. Days before his 10th birthday, his father died. The family stayed together, and through sheer tenacity and hard work, all 13 children completed their education and went on to college. His parents’ faith, integrity, generosity and fortitude have inspired Evans throughout his life. In 1978, Evans came to the U.S., and attended Texas A&M University, working part-time as a security guard at a Holiday Inn during semesters and as a cook on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico during summer and Christmas breaks. In 1982, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Construction Engineering, and joined Turner Construction Company. For 12 years, he climbed the corporate ladder at Turner, earning his CPE (Certified Professional Estimator) designation and becoming an American citizen. However, like his entrepreneurial parents, Evans dreamed of owning

his own business. In 1993, one week before marrying fellow engineer Catherine, he resigned from Turner and started Megen Construction Company in the basement of his home. The name Megen is a combination of a tribute to his mother Margaret (Meg) and his own initials (en). Today, Megen Construction is respected for its commitment to quality, integrity, and diversity. The award-winning firm has been involved in most of the Greater Cincinnati region’s most important and unique projects, including the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Great American Ball Park, Fountain Square Revitalization, Washington Park Renovation, Sharonville Convention Center and other projects across the country. In 2006, Evans founded the NUWAY Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization that transforms the lives of those who are less fortunate in his native African village, and beyond, through healthcare, economic opportunity, pure water, and education. He is a lifetime member of the American Society of Professional Estimators, and sits on several local boards including Artswave, the Cincinnati State Foundation, Wilmington College, Mason Arts Council, and NuWay Foundation. Evans is the recipient of the 2018 John F. Barrett Entrepreneur Vision Award; 2017 Spirit of Construction Lifetime Achievement Award; 2017 OSBA Southwest Region President’s Award; 2014 LEAD Magazine Family and Privately Owned Business Leadership Award; the 2011 Venue Magazine Award for Civic Leadership and Community Service; a 2007 Gentleman of Substance and Style Honoree by Cincinnati Magazine and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation; a 2004 Cincinnati YMCA Character Award recipient, and was named one of Cincy Magazine’s Most Interesting People of 2013. Evans lives in Mason, Ohio, with his wife and business partner, Catherine, and their three children.

John “JR” ReidJohn JR Reid

Birthright member of Smith Neck Friends Meeting, located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Held numerous positions in the College and University segment of Sodexo Campus Services and predecessor companies. B.A. degree from Earlham College.

Bill ShawWilliam P. Shaw

Founder and President of Crosscurrents International Institute, a non-profit organization based in Ohio and serving a national and international constituency. Emeritus Chair of the Board, Dayton International Peace Museum. Formerly associated with the Charles F. Kettering Foundation. Served on Olney Friends School Board of Directors. Major interests related to global issues and agriculture. Lives on family farm. BS and MA degrees in ecology from Bowling Green University, Ph.D. from Miami University (Ohio) in higher education administration.

Lawrence W. Sidwell

Retired Senior Vice President, Global Credit & Risk, John Deere Financial, a position he began in 2014. He was responsible for all John Deere Financial global credit and risk activities, including risk management, credit policy, credit administration, credit audit, and credit training. In addition, Sidwell was responsible for ensuring compliance with financial services regulators globally and manages relationships with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Federal Reserve. Sidwell joined John Deere in October 1999 as Process Owner, Market Development for John Deere Financial. He became Senior Vice President of e-commerce in 2000 and Senior Vice President of iVesta, the Company’s dot com joint venture with CoBank in 2001. In 2003, he was named Senior Vice President, Ag Financial Services. In 2012, Sidwell was appointed

Senior Vice President, Credit and Operations, Region 4 and led the wholesale, retail, and credit operations groups supporting customer service and credit management activities for all financial services operations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Before joining John Deere, Sidwell worked for Farm Credit Services in Perry, Iowa, holding the positions of Vice President and Credit Supervisor, from 1976 to 1985. He was Vice President for Rabobank Nederland in New York, New York in 1985, and went on to be Vice President at the company’s Chicago location in 1993. In 1996, he became Chief Executive Officer for Agricredit Acceptance Company in Des Moines, Iowa. A native of Galion, Ohio, Sidwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement USA, a former member of the Board of Trustees for Wilmington College and former Chairman of Capital Campaign for Olney Friends School.

Nancy SummersNancy Summers

Birthright Quaker. Graduate of Westtown, Wilmington College, Pennsylvania State University and Loyola University of Maryland. A licensed clinical psychologist and professor emeritus Harrisburg Area Community College. Directed and developed curriculum for community education and training programs for numerous county agencies. Chaired the Human Services Program at the community college, taught courses in history and human services there for over 40 years. Taught college courses at the Camp Hill State Prison. Author of several textbooks on case management, most popular – Fundamentals of Case Management Practice 5Ed. Past president and currently secretary of the Michaux Forest Association of cabin owners and conservationists on the Michaux Forest with a red oak planted in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in honor of extensive work on behalf of the Association.

Tyrone TaylorTyrone C. Taylor

Founder and President, Capitol Advisors on Technology, LLC a technology and management consulting firm. He is a former Senior Executive Service member with NASA for 25 years, having worked on programs such as Space Station, Space Science, and commercialization of space. He has participated as a Member of National Research Council conducting extensive reviews of innovation programs sponsored by the federal government. He served as Chair, National Defense Industrial Association, Small Business Division, and is currently a member of the Health Affairs Executive Committee. He has been recognized by Congress and the Federal Research and Development community for his contributions as the Washington, DC Representative for Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, a Congressionally chartered organization responsible for enhancing technology transfer nationwide of federal science and technology investments in the public and private sector. He is also a former senior fellow for the United Negro College Fund, and founder of the Entrepreneurial Technology and Innovation Institute whose mission is to “Inspire the Entrepreneurial Spirit in us all.” Mr. Taylor has held numerous positions in private sector and non-profit community in the areas or program and project management, entrepreneurship, science and technology. 1975 Wilmington College graduate; MBA Southeastern University, 1979.

Evan WilliamsEvan Williams

1984 graduate of Wilmington College, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Theatre, and a Master’s degree in Lighting Design and Theatre Technology from Indiana University. Evan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Riverview Systems Group, Inc., a 33 year old Northern California-based Live Event Production firm. Riverview specializes in the staging of corporate events, trade and award shows in the video, audio, and lighting disciplines, and has been the recipient of an Infocomm/ L&SA Magazine Staged Event Award in both 2010 and 2011.

In addition, Evan is a member of IATSE and an adjunct member of Infocomm’s Rental and Staging Council. He was the Production Director on the Entertainment Service and Technology Association Board of Directors from 2009 through 2015 and has held faculty and staff positions at Indiana University, as well as San Jose State University, continuing the growth and evolution of the entertainment industry through education. Evan has designed over 800 Theatrical and Industrial productions since 1982, and has been the Production Stage Manager for events such as the DGA Honors, the Gotham Awards for Bravo Television, and the Opening ceremonies for the premiere of the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002. Evan feels very fortunate to have attended Punahou School in his formative years in Hawaii and is proud to have grown up and graduated with President #44, Barack Obama. When he can actually get their attention, Evan enjoys time spent with his children, Abigail, an elementary school teacher, and Aaron, an Audio Engineer. When there is some spare time, Evan is building custom drums and producing music projects in his studio in the woods of Portola Valley in Northern California.