Zac Ballard was born and raised in Central New York. After graduating college, and a brief period working as a brewer, Zac served as a classroom teacher for an adjudicated youth program outside of Buffalo, NY. Becoming tired of having school supplies and text books thrown in his general direction, Zac joined the SCA Adirondack Program in 2004 as a corps member. Following a delightful season in the Adirondacks, Zac went on to work for the National Park Service and the US Forest Service building trails in Arizona, California, Alaska, and West Texas. He has also spent time as an environmental educator and sawyer in the Catskills, a willing worker on organic farms throughout Mexico, and a lazy free loader in Italy. When not tending to his little horse, Zac can usually be found pulling something from the oven or telling a humorous anecdote. This is his third year as a staff member with the SCA.