Tari grew up in Crookston, MN and graduated from Northwestern College in Roseville, MN with an Elementary Education Degree in 1988.  She joined the Lakes Free staff part-time in June 2012 as Middle School Director.
Tari and her husband Mark are parents of 5 children: Zachary (wife Liz), Tyler (wife Brittany), Caleb, Marissa (husband Derek Gruening) and Adaira. They also have 3 grandchildren: Triston, Olivia, and Jade.