Both are graduates of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School. Joel attends Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City where is is currently working towards certification as a surgical technician at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Ronda attended the University of South Dakota and graduated with a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene. She is currently working in Primghar at the Primghar Dental Clinic. They are planning an April 29, 2006 wedding.