From his baptism in Leland in rural Sauk County where his uncle served as a pastor to recent years when Jeff became an uncle himself, his values, work ethic, sense of humor, and commitment to serve others come from being surrounded by a loving, close, extended family.

Jeff's parents live in Eagle River, his sister and brother-in-law are raising their three children in Wausau, and his brother lives in Stevens Point. Jeff has many other relatives throughout Wisconsin. Emily's parents live in Mount Horeb where they are electrical contractors and her mother also works for Lands' End. Emily's sister lives in California.