Meet the Staff 2017-18!

WILLY BOOKER ‘96
Head of School
I attended BMA for grades 8-12. I graduated from UVM in 2001 where I was captain of the Alpine Ski Team in 2001 and All American that year as well. I’ve spent 15+ years in the ski industry working for Nordica, Fischer and Marker-Dalbello-Volkl. I was a BMA Trustee for more than 10 years. My wife, Christine and I are overjoyed to return to BMA and to be living in the beautiful NEK. Our son, Ben, is a rising Junior at Holderness and he’s excited about living in East Burke and enjoying skiing and biking when home.

TORY AMORELLO
Director of Enrollment, Financial Aid & External Affairs
I grew up in Massachusetts (Sutton, MA), attended high school in New Hampshire (The White Mountain School), college in Washington State (Whitman College), and then began ski coaching in Colorado at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. My husband, Sam Damon, and I were thrilled to make our way home to New England to join the BMA community in the fall of 2009. We live in Sutton, Vermont with our daughter Cecelia and a very adventuresome cat named Tyrannosaurus. Life in the Northeast Kingdom is full of outdoor play and we try to take advantage of all of it!

 

STEVE BERLACK
Chief Operating Officer and Men’s U16 Coach
I did my BA at the University of New Hampshire in 1981 and completed the USSA National Certified Alpine Coach (Level 400). I started at BMA in 1999 and have since coached FIS men, FIS women, and U16 men. I’ve also served as alpine program director for one year and have been a trustee and treasurer of the school. Prior to coming to BMA, my family and I, lived in Europe where I coached for Poland with the Europa Cup and World Cup group. I live in Franconia, NH with my wife Cindy (former BMA Junior Program Coach) and our daughter Carolyn. My 20-year-old son, Ronnie (BMA ‘12 – USST 2014, 2015), was killed in Soelden, Austria in  January 2015. Our family enjoys hiking, biking, and sailing our 42′ ocean racing sloop “Arrowhead”. 

MARCIA REDMOND BERRY
Executive Assistant, Director of Human Resources
I am a Vermont native and came to the Northeast Kingdom to study Behavioral Science and Business at Lyndon State College. I have been at BMA since February 2000. Previously, I worked for the State’s human services divisions and for 14 years as an Agency Administrator for a financial services company. I have two grown children, Cory and Misty. I enjoy snowshoeing, paddleboarding, and raising my white German shepherd dogs: Caribou, Outlaw, Pawnee, and Spirit.

CHRISTINE BOOKER
Head U14 Coach
I grew up in the Laurentians near a small ski area North of the Vermont border. I competed at the National and international levels as a member of the Quebec ski team. While pursuing a physical education degree at McGill University, I started my coaching career at the club level on weekends as well as obtaining my alpine ski coaching and teaching certifications. Upon graduation, I became a full-time alpine ski coach. My experience ranges from U12 club level, ski academies, private post graduate, and collegiate programs. Some highlights of my career were guiding the Dartmouth Alpine Women team to a four consecutive Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships and winning the national title in 2007. I am excited to be back in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom with my husband Willy and our son Ben.

VIVIAN BUCKLEY
Math Teacher
I was raised in Pennsylvania. My young adult journey landed me in Vermont. I have a master’s degree from Lyndon State College (LSC), and a bachelor degree from LSC and The University of Maine. I began teaching in 1993 and in 1994 I began building a house and life on 200 acres in Waterford, VT with my husband David Senio. I started teaching physics and math at BMA in 2005 and currently teach math. BMA supports my desire to work hard and play hard. I find joy exploring the forests and wetlands of my backyard and throughout New England on foot, bike or skis. I also relish frequent trips to Stone Harbor, NJ to soak in the wonder of the coastal wetlands and waves.  

DAVID CHAMBERLAIN
History Teacher
I grew up in New Hampshire and have spent a great deal of my life exploring the high places and folds of my home state. I earned a BA in History from Providence College and hold a master’s degree in American History from the University of New Hampshire, which I attended on a James Madison Memorial Fellowship.  In my free time, I enjoy hiking, climbing, skiing, and writing. My work has been featured in Environmental Practice, The History Teacher, and Appalachia. My wife Rachel and I live in Heib House during the school year and in the back of our Subaru when the summer adventures begin.  

JP DAIGNEAULT
Head Men’s FIS Coach
Having grown-up about one hour away from Burke Mountain Academy over the border, just across from Jay Peak, VT, I could not be happier that my new home is this close to home!  My time in the U.S. ski world began at age 17 when mom & dad shipped me to Green Mountain Valley School where I PG’d for two seasons. After graduating from Dartmouth in 1997, where I was captain of the ski team, I went off to Cambridge, MA, and Chicago, IL and worked in consulting. In 1999, I went back to school in Ottawa to get a Computer Science degree because I’m a nerd, apparently. Following that, I worked for telecommunications companies in the Washington, DC area, building in-house software until 2003 when I thought, “OK, I’ve given this corporate thing a fair shake – time to go back to what I love!”  After 6½ years of no skiing, I got all the new equipment and put in 4 months of physical prep (not nearly enough!) and attacked the FIS circuit racing as a 29-year-old super-PG!  I like to say that the ‘software’ was primed and ready for racing after almost 7 years of optimization but my ‘hardware’ (the body) just wasn’t.  So, in late February, I reinjured myself in Europe. Nice try, old man – game over!  

At that point, I realized that I wanted to continue in ski-racing and I started coaching the FIS men at GMVS where I stayed for 6 years until 2010. The Québec Federation offered me the head coaching position with the men that spring and I moved up North. After two seasons there and the good fortune of working with 6 guys who went up to the national team level, I moved out to British Columbia to work with the men at first (some of whom won Nor-Am titles and are still on the World Cup), and the women in my 2nd season there.  Living in Whistler is its own sort of paradise but it was too far from home. I relocated to Lake Placid in 2014 where I was given the opportunity to reboot the Alpine program at Northwood School.

Finally, after three amazing years in upstate NY, in April 2017, I was happy to pick up the phone when Brad Wall called me about the head coaching job at BMA. There is just no better place for ski-racing.

SAM DAMON
Head Women’s U16  Coach
I grew up in Concord, NH, racing first at Pat’s Peak and then at Waterville Valley. I attended Dartmouth College where I completed a BA in History and was a four-year member of the ski team. I later completed Graduate Studies in Computer Science at Harvard University. After college, I moved to Colorado for 5 years, coaching a mix of high school league and FIS/USSA athletes at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, and then traveling the Nor-Am and Europa Cup circuit for a year. I came to Burke as a men’s FIS coach, before spending two years coaching on the NCAA circuit first with the Harvard Ski team and then with the Colby-Sawyer ski team. I’m happy to be a member of the BMA community with my wife, Tory Amorello, and our daughter, Cecelia. We live with our cat, a bunch of bikes, kayaks, and canoes to fill the off-season.

STEPH DARLING
Glover Tuning Center (GTC) Director, BMA Equipment and Tuning
My greatest childhood memories revolve around the sport of ski racing. Growing up in Pennsylvania, at a young age I moved to New England for the ski academy life, skiing at WVA and MMSC. I moved west for my PG and college career, graduating with a degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences and Nutrition from the University of Utah. With 20 plus years of ski racing including a few season’s on the FIS Ski Cross World Cup and Jeep Tours, it’s safe to say ski racing is a lifelong passion! My professional coaching career has taken me from Snowbird UT, to Stratton Mountain School and most recently as the Head Women’s coach at Waterville Valley Academy. In 2010 my husband, Kyle Darling and I started our own tuning business, RTuning, an elite focused ski tuning business. Originating in Salt Lake City, UT, RTuning was most recently located outside of Waterville Valley, NH, and I couldn’t be more excited to bring our passion and experience to BMA. When not in the shop, I enjoy spending time on snow with athletes, cooking, mtn biking and anything outdoors with our two huskies, Kade and Kona. Be sure to give them a snuggle when you see them in the shop!

KYLE DARLING
Head Women’s FIS Coach
A 4th generation Vermonter, I grew up on the shores of Lake Champlain, spending my childhood summers sailing and winters ski racing on the slopes of Mount Mansfield. After high school, my ski racing career took me to Salt Lake City, UT where I split my time skiing the greatest snow on earth (powder at Snowbird) and racing for the University of Utah. Graduating with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science and a minor in Nutrition, I began my coaching career first with JR programs including the Snowbird Ski Team and Stratton Mountain School. I then went on to work with the US Ski Team, coaching on the Men’s FIS World Cup Tour and at the 2014 Sochi Olympic games. During my time with the USST, I also worked as a ski technician with the Men’s EC and WC teams. Following the Sochi games, I took a position as National Race Director for Nordica, looking for more time at home with my wife, Steph and our two huskies, Kade and Kona. I was quickly drawn back into coaching and moved on to work for US Ski and Snowboard as the Eastern Regional Development Coach. Steph and I couldn’t have been happier to have the opportunity to join the BMA community in the spring of 2017. When not on snow, I’m an avid Obstacle Course Racer, competing on the Spartan World Tour. I also enjoy mountain biking, sailing, and ski and bike joring with our huskies.

FRANCESCA DELORME
Art Teacher
I have over 25 years experience working with educational programs and the arts. My personal work, focusing on mosaic, glass, fiber and graphic design, can be viewed in galleries, residences, and businesses nationwide, and one of my pieces was selected for inclusion in the National Mosaic Exhibit. I have a special interest in creativity, brain development and applied arts. I completed my BA at the University of California Santa Barbara and Post-Graduate Studies at the National University & Goddard College. I live in East Burke with my husband in a home we’ve built out of 60% recycled materials.

ELIZABETH DUFFY
Learning Specialist
As a new member of the BMA team, I am so excited to begin my journey with the students, the staff, and the beautiful NEK. I grew up a few hours south of East Burke in Western Massachusetts. After graduating high school, I moved to New Hampshire where I earned my BA in Elementary Education at Saint Anselm College. It was at Saint Anselm that I began to discover some of my passions in life, adventuring in the woods, reading books, learning new things, and playing rugby just to name a few highlights. After college, I relocated to Providence, Rhode Island, where I worked as an elementary school teacher while earning my M. Ed. in K-12 Literacy at Providence College. I had a wonderful experience living by the ocean for the past two years, but I am excited to get back to the mountains of the north! Lastly, I am excited that my life journey brought me to Burke because I’ve never been a skier. I am hopeful that the students will be as willing to share their knowledge with me as I am to share mine with them!

JODI FLANAGAN
Director of Development and Communications
Burke Mountain is where I grew up skiing and learned to love the sport, having grown up 20 miles away in Island Pond. After graduating from the University of Vermont and living in Burlington for several years, my husband and I decided to move back to the Northeast Kingdom and make Burke our home in 2000. In 2007, when our two sons were in school full-time, I joined the Development Office at Burke Mountain Academy. I serve on the boards of both the Burke Recreation and Education Fund (commonly known as Kingdom Kids)  and Kingdom Trails and I’m also a Corporator for Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. I continue to enjoy skiing with my family; husband Dan and sons Yale and Gray. Yale is a 2016 graduate of BMA and Gray is BMA class of 2020. We reside in West Burke, right off the Kingdom Trails where we spend a great deal of time pursuing our second favorite sport, mountain biking.

DARRELL GRAY
High Performance Director, Dorm Parent
2017-18 marks my 21st year at Burke Mountain Academy. I earned my BS at Appalachian State University in 1986 and Graduate Studies at North Carolina State University in 1988-89. If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life! I have been blessed that most days at Burke truly reflect that statement. The NEK is a beautiful place to live. The staff is hardworking, adventurous and dedicated to making the most of their talents and abilities in guiding, teaching and instructing young people onto paths of self-discovery and personal growth. The resulting environment is highly contagious and positively addicting! My wife (Lisa) and I are dorm parents in the Willoughby House. We have three children: Haley – Married (26), Zach – a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina (24) and Kate (19). In 2006, I had the great privilege to be recognized as USST Domestic Coach of the Year. I’ve also continued to build my profile, completing an NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification, as well as USA Weightlifting Sport Performance and USSA Level 400 Certifications.

ZACH GRAY
Strength & Conditioning Coach
I’m grateful to have called East Burke and Burke Mountain Academy home for twenty years now! After graduating from the University of North Carolina where I competed in Track & Field, I decided I hadn’t gotten enough of this place yet and was fortunate to return as a coach. This will mark my second year working at Burke.

DAVID IVERSON
Science and Mathematics Teacher, Race Secretary
I earned a BA in Physics at the University of Rochester and an MS in Physics at Kansas State University. Despite having Midwestern parents, and a degree from K-State, I was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. A lifelong Nordic skier, my first job out of graduate school introduced me to the concept of the ski academy. Twenty-two years later, I am excited to be returning for my tenth year at BMA. When I’m not teaching or timing races, you’ll most likely find me mountain biking, fishing, skiing, or generally off in the woods somewhere. My YouTube channels, BMAPhysics and SkiRaceHelp, feature video lectures on Physics, Calculus, Race Timing and Administration and assorted topics in math. I have posted in excess of 400 videos which have received over 135,000 views. In 2014, I was recognized as VARA Volunteer of the year. I have been a VARA Board of Directors since 2007 and Chairman of the VARA Alpine Officials since 2015.

EMMA KELLY-KNICKERBOCKER
World Languages Teacher
I grew up in Sandy Hook, Connecticut where I happily spent my childhood gardening and running around outside with my animals. I have felt a passion for languages from a very young age. I studied French, Spanish and Italian throughout middle and high school and continued on to double major in French and Spanish at the University of Vermont. I was fortunate enough to study abroad for a year in Montpellier, France and after graduating from UVM, I moved to Almeria, Spain for a year to teach English. I returned from Spain to move to San Diego, CA where I co-taught K,1st and 5th grade. I felt a longing for the east coast and after two years moved to Boston, MA to receive my M.Ed. in elementary education. I could not be happier to return to Vermont and to be teaching French and Spanish at BMA. It feels like a homecoming of sorts and I plan on taking full advantage of everything the Kingdom has to offer. Outside of the classroom I’m happiest reading a book, kayaking or doing ceramics.

AMBER MCHUGH
Men’s FIS Coach, Strength, and Conditioning
I grew up in southern Vermont. Through high school, I enjoyed being active and outdoors. I attended Saint Michael’s College where I played soccer and ski raced. After college, I began my coaching career in New Hampshire. I came to Burke to see if I would enjoy coaching full-time and I have enjoyed it so much I haven’t left! I am currently a dorm parent in Moulton with my chocolate lab Dade who likes to go on many adventures!

MATT MCKENNA ‘09
Director of Alumni Relations, Women’s FIS Coach
I grew up racing at Suicide Six in Woodstock, VT before attending BMA. I graduated from Burke in 2009 and later attended Colby College where I raced every carnival and was team captain my junior and senior years.  I graduated with a BA in History and a minor in Fine arts from Colby College. I have been working at BMA since 2014.

JIM NORTON
English Teacher
After beginning my career in Outdoor Education, I taught English and Religious Studies and Philosophy at public and private schools in California, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I consider the study of reading and writing to be both enlightening and essential to life. This will be my seventeenth year in the classroom. Additionally, I have coached Field Hockey, Soccer, and Lacrosse and am really enthusiastic about participating in community service with my students. I earned my BA at Oberlin College in 2000 and my MTS at Harvard University in 2006. Currently, I am working on my MA in English from The Breadloaf School at Middlebury College. When I am not teaching, I enjoy biking, fishing, backpacking, writing, and building wooden boats. My wife, Rachel, our daughter Miriam, and our dog Zooey live in Woods House.

RACHEL NORTON
Director of Student Life, English Teacher
After attending boarding school in Massachusetts, at the Northfield Mount Hermon School, I went on to pursue a career as an opera singer. I graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, where I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in classical vocal performance. Afterwards, I went to UMASS Amherst, where I received my Master of Music degree. It was at UMASS that I decided I really wanted to be a teacher instead, and so I took a teaching job at a private day school in CT. Most recently, I was the Art Department Chair and dorm head at The White Mountain School, where I met my husband Jim Norton. We both love and fully embrace the boarding school life, and feel fortunate to raise our daughter, Miriam, on the BMA campus.

ADAM PERREAULT
Athletic Trainer
I joined BMA at the start of 2014. Before coming to Burke, I traveled on the World Cup Circuit for six years as a part of the High Performance department with the US Ski Team. During my time with USSA, I worked with the Men’s Alpine team and the Nordic Combined team. I began my career in the ski world working ski patrol in Southern Vermont at Mount Snow. I have a BS from the University of New Hampshire and an M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. Originally from New Hampshire, I have lived in Massachusetts, Vermont, California, Virginia, New York, and Utah. I now live on campus in Moulton with my wife Alexandra, our daughter Mabel, our son Bo and our dog Tasman.

SOHIER PERRY
Men’s FIS Coach
Originally, I come from the Upper Valley of Vermont (a little over an hour from BMA) and skied with Ford Sayre Academy. After a series of head injuries prematurely ended my skiing career, I began coaching at the junior level. While attending the University of Vermont where I graduated in 2014, I worked as an assistant coach with the Men’s and Women’s Alpine team. I came to BMA in the Spring of 2016. When not coaching, I enjoy mountain biking and drinking too much coffee.

GARRETT QUIMBY
Bookkeeper
I have lived most of my life in Massachusetts and have done much of my skiing/schooling in New Hampshire. I was very privileged to have attended a ski academy, unfortunately not BMA, but Waterville Valley Academy from grade eight through PG year. After strapping on skis for the first time at age two, and then progressing through the club and academy programs at Waterville, I continued my ski career at Waterville by attending Plymouth State University. At Plymouth, I completed my BS in accounting with a minor in economics. After acquiring 150 credits in four years, and fulfilling other requirements to become a CPA, that surely seemed like my destiny. It wasn’t until an unbelievable and irresistible offer came in my direction, and that was to fill a role at BMA. After hearing that I wouldn’t be skiing very much in the accounting industry, it was a no brainer to “run” from that world and jump into this position. With an environment and community that will not only allow me to use my degree, but to continue skiing all winter long and explore the great NEK, I simply could not pass this up and couldn’t be happier starting this journey. Outside of skiing, I am an advocate for anything sports-related. Water skiing, golfing, tennis, and biking are some of the activities higher on my list but throw me into any sporting or athletic event, and I’m all in. Obviously, I am a numbers guy, but I don’t have to put two and two together to realize that I am in a place where I am surrounded by outstanding people and where good feelings thrive. I am eager to work with anyone I can to further my knowledge in any subject matter, and in turn, pass along that knowledge to the amazing student-athletes that populate this school. I am always a person who will reach out a hand rather than retract one, so never hesitate to ask me for help with something. I look forward to evolving within the Burke lifestyle because I do still have so much to learn!

DAVE RATH
Executive Chef
My passion for cooking first developed as a teenager at a summer job washing dishes on Mackinac Island, near the upper peninsula of Michigan. Although my adventures since have included landscaping, ski instruction following The Grateful Dead and Phish on tour in the mid-nineties, and a stint living on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, my professional career was solidified when I earned a degree in Culinary Arts from Bristol Community College in 2006. I was proud to put my new training to work at an excellent, locally sourced seafood restaurant called The Back Eddy, in Westport, MA. But you might know my food from the kitchens of the Tamarack Grill here at Burke, Parker Pie in West Glover, or my own Parson’s Corner in Barton. I’m thrilled to be a part of the BMA family thanks to Metz Culinary Management and to have the opportunity to create delicious and nutritious meals for the athletes in our community. I live with my wife and daughter, both Cornelia’s, and my father-and-son chocolate labs Nesta and Otis, in Kirby. I can’t wait to hit the slopes with all of you!  

JON RICE
Director of Academics and College Counseling, History Teacher
I was raised and pursued my formal education in New Hampshire. I earned a BA and MA in American History from the University of New Hampshire. After a three-year stint coaching rowing at the University of New Hampshire while pursuing my master’s degree, highlighted by gold medal performances in the Men’s Novice Eight at the New England Rowing Championships and the Champion International Collegiate Regatta in 1999, I relocated to the Northeast Kingdom in 2001 to teach history at St. Johnsbury Academy. Over my twelve years at St. Johnsbury Academy, I held numerous roles including Social Studies Department Chair, head dorm parent, and the Director of the Outing Club. I transitioned to BMA in the summer of 2013. My other interests include reading, mountain biking, telemark skiing, and spending time with my family, wife Jen and son Liam, exploring the wilds of New England and beyond.

JEFF SIRJANE
Head Men’s U16 Coach
I’m a native Vermonter having grown up in Shrewsbury, Vermont and learning to ski at Okemo Mountain. I worked at BMA from 1980-1984 as an equipment technician and ski coach. From 1984-1996, I was employed by Salomon Racing in a variety of capacities. In 1996 I joined my wife Penny (BMA ‘81) in her business, World Cup Supply focusing on sales, event logistics, and safety. In 2013, I came back to BMA as a Women’s FIS Coach and have been working with U16 Boy’s for the last three years. My wife and I have two daughters and live in Thetford, VT. I’m an avid motorcyclist and spend my free time exploring the country on my bike.


 
KRAIG SOURBEER ‘83
Women’s FIS Coach
I graduated from BMA in 1983 and went on to race World Cup & Europa Cup circuits with the US Ski Team from 84-87. After sustaining a pretty serious neck injury, I eventually racked my 225cm DH boards and returned to Vermont where I earned my BS in Physical Education from UVM. I’ve spent the past 25+ years coaching aspiring ski racers. I worked for the National Team for 5 years and held director positions at Mt Mansfield, Smugglers Notch, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and most recently Carrabassett Valley Academy. In 2013, I was named VARA Coach of the Year. As an upper-level coach, my goal has always been to do whatever it takes to help my athletes learn and have fun in the sport. I couldn’t be happier to be working for my alma mater, Burke Mountain Academy. In my mind, there is no greater place to live and work than East Burke, Vermont. Off the hill, you’ll find me on my mt bike or tinkering away at one of my many homestead projects alongside my wife and 2 sons, Lucas & Crosby.

ALI SPENCER
Athletic Trainer
I was raised in the Mad River Valley of Vermont learning to ski and race at Mad River Glen from an early age. I attended GMVS from grades 8-12, where I developed an interest in the physical and mental aspects of training and performance. I earned my bachelors of science degree in athletic training with an additional major in health sciences from Castleton University. I spent my first several post-graduate years working at Elevation Physical Therapy as the athletic trainer for the students at GMVS. Through my time there, I have developed a passion for postural stability and how it improves performance in ski racing. I am very excited to join the staff at BMA and enjoy the many activities the NEK has to offer.

LINDLEY HALL VAN DER LINDE
Science and Math Teacher
I came to BMA in 2011 from teaching, coaching, advising, and dorm parenting at Holderness School. After over twenty years of teaching high school, I value the BMA model that allows staff to focus 100% of their energies towards helping young adults chase their dreams and achieve a healthy balance between academics and athletics. Such a balance was integral in my life as a Williams College graduate with an honors degree in Geology, a minor in Environmental Science and pre-medicine requirements, and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Portland State University. While at Williams, I was Captain of the Nordic Team, an NCAA Division I All-American skier, a competitor at World Junior Championships in Reit im Winkel, Germany, and voted the U.S. Ski Team’s Nordic Athlete of the Year in 1991. After college, I continued racing with Team Rossignol and was a two-time champion of the Craftsbury Marathon (2006, 2007). I now live in Burke Hollow with my husband Tiaan, who coaches the local youth Nordic Bill Koch League with me, and my two young kids, Linden and Stella, who also enjoy Nordic and Alpine skiing, mountain biking, trail running, and raising pigs and chickens on our small farm.  

BRADLEY WALL ‘97
Athletic Program Director
I’m delighted to be back to BMA after having attended as a student and also having previously worked at the academy. My most recent work was as Alpine Program Director with Ski & Snowboard Australia where I led national team athletes to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, 2013-2017 World Championships, 2012 Youth Olympic Games and 2013-2017 World Junior Ski Championships. As a former ski racer representing Australia, I competed at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics, 2001-2005 World Championships and was crowned the 2003 NCAA Slalom Champion while skiing for Dartmouth College where I completed a major in psychology in 2002. My past stint at BMA was from 2006 to 2009 where I was the head coach for the U18 men’s group and assistant to the U21 men. I am happy to have re-settled in the NEK with my wife Amy and our two children Owen (3) and Sidney (1).