ABOUT CA SIBS
KALYN FARRIS, DEVELOPMENT
BA in Urban Studies from New York University
Master of Public Policy from University of Southern California
Currently a Director at a large health plan in the Bay Area
10 years in Management Consulting, followed by 8 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 IDD and physical disabilities; he functioned at a ~12 year old level, and was able to hold a part-time job in early adulthood. Jonathan and Kalyn attended the same schools, and Kalyn was the primary caregiver on weekday afternoons/evenings from age 9 to 16. During this period, she lived with 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. 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, and has taken up camping, enjoying all of the natural beauty that California has to offer.
My identity has and always will be as a sibling 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.