Benjamyn grew up in Evansville, WI. Before joining the JSS team, he worked for the International Organization for Migration and was part of Operation Allies Welcome and Operation Allies Refuge at Fort McCoy. He also worked for the Wisconsin Army National Guard and as a self-employed blacksmith and metal worker. He attended UW-Stout for Art Education and is a creative person at heart. He enjoys making sculptures and furniture, drawing, architectural and mechanical design, and being outdoors in the remote wilderness.