VERENA was born and raised in Germany as an only child to german parents. Always eager to explore, 38 years ago, at the age of three, she rode her tricycle into a row of rosebushes.
In the late 80s Verena and her parents set off on their 38′ sloop JOY to immigrate to California and in 1992 they became US citizens. After high school in San Diego and working on losing her accent, Verena received her degree in geography and cartography from a small northern California college. Not knowing what to do next she applied to every job that sounded fun and ended up on a hydrographic research ship in Alaska with Mike.