Zach was born in Dixon in 1990 and moved to Byron later that year. Zach graduated Stillman Valley High School and was accepted to Aurora University in 2008. In 2009, he returned to Stillman Valley and joined the local volunteer fire department. He quickly completed classes in both the Fire and EMS divisions. In 2010, Zach was elected to the Ogle County Board Representing District One (Creston, Davis Junction, Lindenwood, and Monroe Center). He became the youngest County Board Member in Ogle County History. Zach got married in 2014 to Erika Ford a long time resident of Byron. Erika is a 2010 Stillman Valley High School graduate as well as a 2014 Northern Illinois University graduate. Erika and Zach live in Davis Junction where Zach continues to volunteer at the local Fire Department.