Abby Bowers Gerken was born and raised in Baltimore City. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Institute provided a childhood touched by classical music performances, leaving a deep appreciation. Although Abby's musicianship starting with playing percussion in an elementary school orchestra, peaked in high school, as a bongo player in a high school jam band, her love of music, and respect for those who pursue serious classical study and devotion to their instrument, stayed with her as she headed west to train with the US Mountain Bike Team and study at the University of Redlands as a proud Johnston Student, choosing a college campus alive with the ever-present sound of classical music. After earning a B.A. in Religious Studies with honors and achieving Phi Beta Kappa membership, Abby went on to earn a M.T.S at Harvard University, focusing on World Religions. After seriously considering doctorate work in ethnomusicology, Lake Tahoe called. Abby took a break from Academia becoming a Lead US Forest Service Backcountry Ranger in Desolation Wilderness. Ultimately she and her husband decided Lake Tahoe was where they wanted to raise kids. Nine years and four kids later, Abby enjoys mountain family life in Incline Village, teaching Latin at Incline Elementary School, and supporting the Lake Tahoe SummerFest.