Cary grew up in the Wood River Valley snowboarding, playing hockey, and enjoying the outdoors. After high school he moved to San Diego to study sociology at the University of California San Diego and later completed a masters in public health at San Diego State University. Prior to accepting the position of IS/IT specialist with Mountain Humane, Cary worked as a data analyst and software specialist for a digital health communications company and operated his own glassblowing business in his spare time.

Cary and his partner Cassidy recently moved back to the Wood River Valley to raise their son Palmer, be close to family and reconnect with the outdoors.