Taira was born in Maryland and moved to Columbia to attend graduate school for Library Science. She didn’t go very far after graduating and is currently a medical librarian at the University of Missouri. When she isn’t working, Taira reads a lot (but in reality, checks out way too many books from the library that go unread because there are so many good books out there) watches period dramas, and is an advisor with Alpha Gamma Delta at Truman State University. In Fall 2016, she decided to join the Day Dreams Foundation because the mission resonated with her. As a kid, extracurriculars gave her the opportunity to grow and explore what she was interested in. She never excelled at sports, but she does what she can to make sure the children of Columbia have the opportunities they deserve.