Mascot Handlers

George has selected his handlers


Joe Modica and his life partner Candice Stewart have accepted the role of handlers, and George will be part of their blended family of four kids (Jeremy 16, Rachel 13, Taylor 11, and Tucker 9), a Great Dane, a cat, chickens, a gecko, a bearded dragon, and several fish.

Many know Joe as the director of the University's School of Music. He is also artistic director of the Inland Master Chorale, and director of music at First Presbyterian Church of Redlands. Candice is a freelance producer in the entertainment industry and real estate agent with Lois Lauer Century 21. She spent 24 years employed by the Walt Disney Company doing everything from face characters to producing stage shows and parades.

Joe and Candice live in Redlands and enjoy active roles in the community. Together they direct Redlands Theatre Festival performances, volunteer for Redlands Symphony events, participate in the PTA at Smiley Elementary, and manage all of the "kids" activities—soccer, drum lessons, flute lessons, band, choir, and drama. They love football, singing karaoke, swimming in the pool, camping, and spending time as a family.