Cari was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington. She attended Chinook and Alki schools, then headed across the river to Central Catholic High School. From there, she moved to Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Fine Art, with an emphasis in Photography. In 2008, she and her husband moved back to Vancouver and started a family. For the last 10 years, she has been running a photography business in Vancouver and volunteering with the local homeless and children with cancer.
In her free time, Cari loves everything sports, whether it is coaching her sons in SCLL, playing recreational softball, or being competitive with her husband in any yard game.