The name Tomingas comes from Estonia which speaks a language closely related to Finnish.
The Tomingas family came into Wyoming in 1912 near Gillette WY then in 1930 to Jackson Hole WY
Three generations of highly creative Tomingas' have left their mark in education, science, arts and earth studies. It is in following this path that the foundation has been formed to assist others in pursuing their inspirations in the most creative surroundings learning the philosophies and techniques this family seems
to innately possess in abundance from many generations of creative thinkers, shakers and motivators.
Byron & Henry are brothers. Persis is Byron's daughter and Alicia is Henry's daughter.
Byron Tomingas has a degree from CalArts in Classic Guitar Performance as well as being an award winning Embedded Networking Systems Engineer. Byron was recently presented with "A Lifetime Achievement in Music" award, a $25,000 Concert Oribe Guitar. He has won Gold: Best Classical Musician 4 years in row. WY PBS video Interview. See ByronsGuitar.com for more
Persis Tomingas, Dir. Media Arts & Languages
Media, languages & arts Director. This multi-talented dynamo composes, designs, directs, writes and performs. At 18, she spent 2 years in Tokyo (through the 9.1 earthquake) working with artists and the recording industry while becoming fluent in Japanese. As a Film Director, she owns and operates an independent film and game studio, FineLine Entertainment, in Monterey CA
Alicia Hall, Dir.
Earth Studies: Equestrian
Capt. Henry Tomingas,
Dir Marine Science
Alicia Hall has been the Alaska state equestrian champion in five divisions for six years in a row as well as a medalist in the Kentucky Nationals. Her horses have also been state champions under her guidance and training. She has a ranch near Palmer Alaska where she hosts events and provides lessons.
Expedition master with over 30 years of marine science with his ocean going vessels that maintain an unmatched reputation for "no down time with 100% completion" record. Henry has a degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of WY with graduate studies in Law and Biology.
Portage Ranch, Alaska
Minutes from Anchorage, Alaska
Served by Anchorage International Airport, the Republic of Portage, as Henry's ranch is often called, offers unparalleled access to stunning beauty, raw nature, athletic and cultural events. The site of many film camps and expedition base, Portage Ranch is an extraordinary experience.