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About the Owners of the Rio Tierra Casitas


The heart of Laura (aka Laura Zambo) is music and art. She started playing guitar at a young age and as a young adult, this led to a lucrative career in the Hollywood music industry as a songwriter, vocalist and music copyist. Laura’s talent has been recognized by industry publications and also has had her work published and recorded. Her artistic expression also extends to the canvas as well. Along with her love of music and art, Laura has always loved people, and her choices in life testify to that. She volunteered for Reading For The Blind, she worked at Meals on Wheels, she worked as a substitute art teacher, she has worked as a care-giver, and most recently, was hired on as a music therapist at an assisted living facility. Laura’s ‘job’ for the past eleven years was bringing joy to residents of senior living facilities, singing songs from the early1900’s to 80’s pop music.  In addition to these chapters in her life, Laura is a wife and mother, raised two kind and industrious daughters. Laura and Mark have been married 28 years and counting.  (And makes an awesome Chicken Cacciatore)


Mark’s buddies like to refer to him as an ‘idiot savant’, he doesn’t mind, the shoe fits. Maneuvering through his early life being unaware that he was (and is) very dyslexic, traditional educational methods of learning were a challenge. But that didn’t get in the way of his love of music, science, history and art. Mark’s identity is also that of a musician and vocalist and at an early age he took on the piano. As a teenager he left home to pursue the big dream and also achieved recognition in Los Angeles as “The guy who could sing and play the date without a rehearsal”(In spite of being unable to read the sheet music placed in front of him).  Mark’s pursuit of philosophy and history eventually led him to formal training in ministry - which led Mark to become a volunteer teacher at a homeless shelter and volunteer minister at a food kitchen in San Diego CA. Mark has served as associate pastor at an inner-city church, a lay-counselor, and in recent years was the Praise & Worship music director.  In addition to being a self-taught musician, he is also a self-taught carpenter, electrician, plumber, shade-tree mechanic, faux-painter and likes to build things like tiny houses, furniture and three-dimensional art.







Laura and Mark
Laura and Mark are very pleased that you are choosing to stay at our Casitas and thoroughly enjoy your private oasis, but will also find a place of peace and rest among the Cottonwood and Mesquite trees sitting at the campfire with us. (Maybe even a song or two from Laura)