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Joe Simonetta, owner and creator of Hacienda San Joaquin, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. He also studied at Yale Divinity School. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado. He also studied architecture at the University of Southern California. He holds a B.S. in business from Penn State University.

His rich life experiences, broad and unusual, encompass many fields. He has been a military officer, professional athlete, entrepreneur, businessman, architectural designer, environmental activist, twice a nominee for the U.S. Congress, and author of numerous books. His most recent book ONE, For the Third Millennium,

He has lived for significant amounts of time in Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Greece, New Zealand, and Ecuador.