kristen utomo - Taproot gap year program director

Kristen comes to Taproot with a diverse background of skills and experiences. She spent her childhood in Niagara Falls, but by the time she was a teenager she was looking for opportunities to explore other parts of the country and the world. An entrepreneur through and through, Kristen’s early business ventures include starting a record label in Florida and a clothing business in Nashville. A few years later she found herself teaching English in Vietnam with ELIC for 3 summers, and it was there that she developed a deep interest and appreciation for different cultures. 

Today Kristen still finds herself dreaming up new business ideas (just ask her about the series of children’s books she has planned to encourage young cultural exploration), but she does so from Philadelphia with her husband and two children. She also works as the Operations Manager at The Simple Way, a community devoted to following Jesus in word and deed in North Philly.