Tia is a U.S. Army veteran wife to her husband, William Boutu. She is a stay-at-home mom to her two kids, Mellaine and Tokmen (T.J.). Between staying at home with her kids, and her husband's deployments, she managed to get her two-year associate's degree in the medical field as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. Tia graduated from Miller Motte Technical College in 2016 and was hired by NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield, Tennessee as soon as she completed her internship there. She worked there for three months until she moved to Kwajalein in late September 2016 so she could stay and live together with her husband. In 2017 she started working part-time at the Kwajalein Dental Clinic as a medical assistant, before being transferred to the Pharmacy at the Kwajalein hospital because they needed extra help. At the end of 2018, she stopped working and decided to enjoy the "fluff life"- more diving for her! Tia learned to dive within three months of arriving on Kwajalein, and has logged well over 600 dives and is still going strong. Tia is a PADI-certified Assistant Instructor (AI), and she is aiming to become a PADI Instructor (OWSI). From her first open water dive, all the way to becoming an Assistant Instructor, she has found that she really, really loves diving, and she is a proud member of the Kwajalein MIA Project team.