KALYN FARRIS, PRESIDENT
BA in Urban Studies from New York University
Master of Public Policy from University of Southern California
Currently a Human Resources Director at a large health plan in the Bay Area
10 years in Management Consulting, followed by 10 years in Healthcare
Kalyn’s brother, Jonathan, was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 3, shortly before Kalyn’s birth. As a result of his treatments, Jonathan was left with developmental and physical disabilities. Jonathan and Kalyn attended the same schools, and Kalyn was the primary caregiver on weekday afternoons from age 9 to 16, while learning to cope with her diagnosis of anxiety and depression. When they were in their 20s, Jonathan suffered a massive stroke. A recovery highlight was being able to attend Kalyn’s graduation from her Master's program. Despite a partial recovery, Jonathan continued to have respiratory issues as a result of his permanent tracheostomy, and died a year later.
Kalyn enjoys independent films, camping, enjoying all of the natural beauty that California has to offer. She enjoys spending time with her cat, dog and husband (not necessarily in that order!)
My identity has and always will be as a Sib first, even though my brother is no longer with us. I am so excited to have the opportunity to help grow CaliforniaSibs, as a way of honoring that relationship and sense of self.