Taryn Tarver Bio:
Taryn Nicole Tarver was born to John and Jean Tarver one wintry day in January.
Her birth was the beginning of a legacy. During her elementary and junior high school years,
she attended various schools throughout Southern California then attended Benson Polytechnic High School
in Portland, Oregon.
The one thing that followed her from year to year was her love for track.
Taryn began running competitively at the age of 6 years old. Her love for track
led her to receive a scholarship offer from Texas at Austin, she decided to attend
Lane Community College, located in Eugene, Oregon of which she received her
Associates of Art Degree in Broadcasting, Visual Design and Production.
From there she pursued a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism with an
emphasis on Electronic Media from the University of Oregon, in 1998.
During her studies at the University of Oregon, Taryn maintained a growing list of activities, including:
running NCAA track; a member of the Friars Senior Honor Society; being a student body Senator for the
Associated Student Union; President of the National Association of Black Journalists and being a member
of the Toast Masters of the University of Oregon. Taryn was also an active member of the Women of Color
Conference as well as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. All this while raising her three lovely children,
Tiara, Monique and Aaron Thompson.
Her list of awards and honors mimics her involvement in the campus community. These include:
The Phyllis Van Kemmel Bell Leadership Award from the School of Journalism, The Black Student
Union Leadership Award, the University of Oregon Centurion Award, the Graduate Scholarship RTNDA Award,
The Bell Family Scholarship (Coleman Foundation) Award, The Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity
Building Scholarship Award and many NCAA track and field accomplishments.
As if her list of achievements werenít enough, while pursuing her Masterís of Arts in Journalism,
Electronic Media and Human Resources Management. Taryn also competed for Mrs. Eugene and then went
on to win Mrs. Oregon International 2000. During this time she was working as the Assistant to the
Chief Operating Officer for KEZI and doing sales at The WB Network; teaching Introduction to Electronic
Media, Television Studio Productions and Electronic Media for the University of Oregon and running her
then newly acquired business, Rumors Salon, Inc.
In 2001 Taryn fully accepted the call of the Lord and began her womenís ministry full force.
She has preached, Inspired, and taught many women across the country by sowing the seed of the word
into many hearts.
Taryn and her three children are currently living in Long Beach, California where she is a Pharmaceutical Sales Executive for Forest Laboratories.