I grew up in Maui, Hawaii and spent my childhood in both the mountains and by the ocean. As children of a Mother who holds a Masters of Science in Human Resources and a Father who dedicates his life to his non-profit long-term care facility, my brother and I were always focused on doing more, and for the greater good.
With that, I began my studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA where I earned a B.S. in Communication. Through my time there, I participated and ultimately led the University’s ‘Alternative Breaks’ program in Cuernavaca, Mexico. While there, I curated hands-on, community based initiatives bringing awareness to social injustices and inspiring action against the structures that perpetuate it.
After obtaining my degree, I began working at The Peninsula Beverly Hills — one of the few five star, five diamond properties in the West. In my role of Concierge, I spent time arranging unique experiences and cultivating meaningful relationships with our wide array of clients. In my free time, I can be found traveling across the globe satisfying my endless curiosity. I have been to over 25 countries!
In conversation with Taryn:
Six word story of your life. Begins in wonder, ends with experience.
What was your first brush with science? Spending time in and around the ocean as a child — seeing the coral reefs, the creatures in the sand and the plants that hugged the shoreline.
Why do you think bacteria are important? Progress in life requires understanding — bacteria not only invite questions but they provide insight.
How do you define science? The art of inquiry.
How do you define health? As resilience — the ability to adapt, maintain and recover.
What are you currently reading / listening to / watching? (Watching): David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Reading): The Mind Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer
Favorite microbiome-nurturing food? Papaya
Scientist, dead or alive, you’d like to have lunch with? Jane Goodall.
Microbiome perturbation you’re trying to give up? Not getting enough sleep.
Favorite science joke or best mindgasm fact? Never trust atoms, they make up everything!
One fact most people don’t know about you: I have been playing piano since I was 5, and can read and write music