Sharyn was born in San Fransisco, CA on Oct 30, 1969. Her family moved to San Diego in the
1970's and was raised in Paradise Hills, a small are of San Diego, CA located between
National City and Chula Vista. She has 2 brothers, her younger brother Roderick and her late
brother Patrick, who passed away in 1985. She has lived there at home with her parents until
she moved to Ontario, CA at age 29. She attended Paradise Hills Elementary School, followed
by Bell Junior High, then graduating from Morse High School. Sharyn was the type of person that
grew up timid and shy, so she did things to overcome that shyness by joining JROTC. She was
involved in JROTC for 3 years. Some of her roles were Command Senior Officer, Female Fancy
Drill Team Commander, Color Guard Commander, and Brigade Color Guard Commander. Most
of her fondest memories of high school were in JROTC.
Following high school, Sharyn attended UCSD for her first year of college, but realized that she
was overwhelmed with the curriculum and with finances so she followed the footsteps of one of
Within 6 months, Sharyn made her decision and went back to college, this time pursuing Nursing. Sharyn thought, well, if
there is ever going to be a natural disaster or if her parents got sick, she could be well prepared for that with her skills as a
nurse. Also, with nursing, she knew that she could get a job anywhere and it was very stable profession.
While Sharyn was serving her time during Operation Desert Storm, it was then that she started her spiritual renewal journey
with Karen Soriano, her co-navy buddy. They went to the Naval base one Friday night to attend an all night Vigil, prayer for
peace and from there, Sharyn ended up joining a group called “BNP”, Banal Na Pagaaral, a movement originating in the
Philippines, whose main goal is to help bring souls back to God. Rich in the Roman Catholic faith, Sharyn learned so many
things from the BNP, from serving others, to leading others in retreats, choir, youth ministry events, etc. She also learned to
pray the rosary, developing a relationship with the Blessed Mother as well as adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament,
our Lord, Jesus Christ is the form of Consecrated Bread. With BNP, Sharyn learned to let God lead her and be in control of
life, rather than trying to be in control of everything.
After graduating from Grossmont College with a degree in Nursing, she started her first job at Sharp Chula Vista in the
Orthopedic/Surg department for the next 4 years. Although her first year as an RN was challenging, Sharyn always looked to
Mother Teresa as her role model to persevere in caring for the sick. She eventually got her BSN degree through the
University of Phoenix, then moved on to Scripps Mercy as a telemetry nurse while dabbling in home health as well. At age
29, she moved to Ontario, and worked at Queen of the Valley Hospital and worked in the Definitive Observation unit. After 2
years, she moved back home to help take care of her mom who suffered a heart attack.
The next 3 years brought many changes in Sharyn’s life. While her mom was in a semi-comatosed state, Sharyn devoted a
lot of her time caring for her. It was during these 3 years that Sharyn learned to be a better nurse as well as a better
daughter. She loved her mom so much. Roles were reversed and she was like a mother to her own mom. Sharyn would talk
to her mom and caress her face and hug her, hoping her mom would feel all the love coming from her touch and her voice.
Sharyn called on the intercession of the saints, especially Mother Mary, St. Faustina and St. Pio and Santo Nino to keep her
mom company at the bedside.
her best friends, Karen Soriano, who joined the Navy Reserves 1 year prior. Sharyn had a goal which was to get
experience as a hospital corpsman to help her decide if she wanted to be a nurse or a bioengineer. She also wanted to
buy herself a car so she could stop depending on others for a ride.
During these 3 years, Sharyn joined a group called
MYA (Mission Young Adults), a group of the
Mission San Diego De Alcala for young adults who
want to grow in their catholic faith. It seemed like
being a leader was in her blood, as she eventually
became the fundraising coordinator for the group.
And it was with the MYA that Sharyn eventually met
Dale. This group helped Sharyn to be stong during
this time her mom was sick. She was able to go on
with her life inspite of her mom’s illness. She
attended Bible study at St. Brigids, weekly meeting
with the MYA and Catholic related social events.
Also during this time Sharyn was still involved with
the Choir at BNP and she was greatfull that they
were always there for her, visiting and praying with
her for her mother especially during Christmas
Sharyn decided to step up her career by training in
the ICU at Scripps Mercy. She made the big move
with fear, but yet she felt she could handle it. The
next 10 months brought Sharyn many more
challenges. She dislocated her arm from a martial
arts accident, so was set back 3 months into the
ICU program. Then upon return, a couple months
later, her mother passed away, Dec 22, 2003.
After working as a new ICU nurse for 10 months and hospice for 3 years,
Sharyn decided that she reached the “burn out stage” she often heard
about as a new nurse. She felt she had no more to give to the sick
because she had given it all to her mom. After a 30 day break, which
happened to be during Lent of 2004, Sharyn decided the logical thing to
do was still be a nurse, but work in an environment where she would see
positive change and where she had a less critical patients. She then
transferred to Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, CA. She has been
working in the CLOUD unit, which stands for Cardiac Cath Lab
Outpatient Unit and Discharge. This later developed her skills in that
area and is now the team leader for that unit. Being a leader was not
something she expected to do in nursing, only in her church activities.
Some of her interests include fitness, triathlons, Catholic and Christian
music, and attending musicals and plays. Some of her talents are
playing the piano and being able to read and teach notes to others.
Some of the new things she learned from Dale are things like candle &
soap making and some computer skills. Some of the couple’s shared
interests are: their devotion and love to their Catholic Faith, their
continued interest in anything related to being Catholic, their values and
their interests in crafts. Things they do together are jogging, working out
at the gym, regular Sunday Mass, Catholic events and conferences,
musicals and movies. It seems that although Dale and Sharyn are from
two different ethnic backgrounds and have different hobbies, they are
both nurturing, caring individuals who are always keeping themselves
busy with things to serve other people. They seem to have merged and
found their place with each other. A big part of Sharyn’s interest in Dale
was his Catholic faith, his values, and his caring and gentle persona.
SHARYN RUNNING THE FINAL LEG OF THE
TEAM IN TRAINING TRIATHLON ON THE
BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII. MARCH
WITH MYA FRIENDS FOR A
ON A EUROPEAN PILGRIMAGE!
Dad and Mom as
well as her
WITH BNP FRIENDS AND FAMILY
WITH REGNUM CHRISTI FRIENDS
PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ....
R&B, EASY LISTENING, JAZZ,
CLASSICAL, SWING, DANCE, 80's.
FILIPINO, THAI, INDIAN, JAPANESE,
CHINESE, SEAFOOD, MEXICAN.
TRIATHALON, JOGGING, MUSIC,
KUNG FU, CRAFTS, THEATER,
WHO'S WEDDING IS IT ANYWAYS?,
HOW DO I LOOK?, REALITY SHOWS.