Teomara (Teya) Rutherford lives with her husband Scott and their two daughters in Irvine, CA. They moved from central Massachusetts where Teya was an award-winning photographer and worked for the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Teya started her career as a teacher in Miami, Florida, where she grew up, and has lived and worked in the field of education in Austin, TX and Boston, MA.

Teya and her family are active thespians at a local community theater and enjoy exploring the US by RV.