Martha Eastman Lentz was born in Chicago and raised in Winnetka, Illinois. She attended the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri. Prior to moving to Florida permanently, she spent summers at her grandparent’s home in Live Oak Florida. Fishing with her grandfather George Harmony taught her an appreciation for the natural world and her mother Margaret Harmony made sure her younger years included animals. Before founding the Harmony Institute in 1996 she was director of a Central Florida humane agency. Her business background focused on communications and marketing for member-based trade associations including the Florida Restaurant Association and Florida Bankers Association. She currently serves as chair of the Harmony Institute’s Board of Directors.