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Päivi Tetri was born in Jyväskylä, Finland, and immigrated to Seattle, Washington, in 1957 along with her parents, Eero and Helli Tetri. She moved with her family to Juneau, Alaska, in 1968 where she enjoyed being part of a small and vibrant Finnish community. She is proud of her Finnish roots and continues to maintain connections with her extended Finnish family, Finnish language, and Finnish culture.
Tetri has established citizenship in both the United States and Finland. She received an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Oregon and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She did research on human genetics at Yale University and she also worked primarily as a psychotherapist before retiring in 2008.
She helped to establish the Kids’ Clubhouse, a not-for-profit bereavement support center for grieving children and their families in St. Louis, Missouri, where she served as both Program Director and Executive Director for more than ten years. Tetri has served on the boards of the Kids’ Clubhouse, the Chinese Outreach Ministry at Samuel United Church of Christ, The Samuel Pre-school board and the advisory board of Lydia’s House, a transitional housing program for abused women. She serves as an English as a Second Language tutor and volunteers caring for orchids at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Päivi is married to Brent Tetri and has two grown daughters.